Our boxers come to us as owner surrenders, strays or from the local shelters. They are not in shelters because they are bad dogs, just dogs in bad situations. Most dogs in rescue are there because of a lack of commitment by their previous owners. Many people can't resist a cute little puppy. A year later, when nobody took the time to train the dog or spend time with the dog, they are not so cute anymore. People move, people get divorced, people are not always committed to their pets.
They have been thrown away like trash, yet we do our best to turn them into someone else's treasure! TBR saves between 200-300 boxers each year. Most boxers are thrown away between the ages 9 mo. to 2 yrs. These are the "tween-agers" who usually have not been altered or trained up in the way they should go. When combining intellect, athleticism, size,
and changing hormones, the combination becomes 'lethal' as with our human kids. However, we rarely have a boxer comes into the system who is not able to be rehabilitated when offered proper leadership and companionship from their human family.
Adopting a boxer is a lifetime commitment and a decision that should not be made in haste. This website provides information relating to this awesome breed so you can make an informed decision whether or not the boxer is the right fit for your family. We believe that a Boxer is just about the perfect friend, but only if you are committed to proper training, exercise, love and attention. While it is important to choose the right Boxer for your needs, it is equally important to ensure that you can meet their needs.
You must prepare for their arrival, and make them a well-mannered family member. The responsibilities of being a guardian of any dog are great, but the love and friendship you'll receive in return is priceless. Knowing that you played a part to save a homeless boxer is very rewarding, and your new family member will fill your home with love, laughter and companionship.
With any rescue dog there is a period of adjustment required to feel safe and comfortable. Depending on the dog it can take 3 minutes to 3 months. Every dog is an individual. We are always available for advice and follow-up. We are commited to helping our boxers fit into their new homes.
Ask any boxer owner what boxers are like, and chances are you'll hear the word "exuberant" mentioned at least once. This is no mellow couch potato dog. Although boxers are less active than some dogs, they do best with owners who appreciate and can accommodate their natural exuberance and zest for life. If you're looking for a dog that will join you in a friendly wrestling match, the boxer is a perfect partner.
Boxers calm down once they reach adulthood (at around 3 years of age), but they never lose that playful puppy spirit. Always clowning around, boxers are playful and can tend to act like puppies for a long time. Sure, boxers can be very well behaved and in perfect control, but watch out for that twinkle in their eyes, because if anyone proposes a game, a boxer of any age will be more than ready to play.
Boxers are athletic, high-energy dogs with lots of muscle to maintain. They are also intelligent, and if you don't keep those brains busy, you'll have a bored buddy. In fact, mental stimulation may be even more important than hours of physical exercise. You can satisfy your brainy and brawny boxer involved in organized activities, such as agility and competitive obedience, or more casual pursuits, such as hiking, walking and mastering tricks. Boxers high energy and intelligence mean you must also be ready to stay one step ahead of them, during activities and at home. Boxers are notorious for foiling your efforts to keep them under control. Many boxers can figure out any kind of latch for any crate or pen in no time. Sometimes they have the door open before you can turn around and walk away. So boxer owners need to be a little creative when crating their dogs. Boxers are also good jumpers and may escape from fenced yards if they are bored and see something fun to chase on the other side of the fence. Boxers have a lot of energy and aren't always the calmest dogs. Be prepared to see your adult boxer race around the house at break-neck speed.
Because boxers are strong and curious and need lots of stimulation, a bored boxer can easily become a destructive boxer - especially in puppyhood. Boxers must have plenty of chew toys and lots of mental challenges, and they must be trained starting in puppyhood to know what is and isn't allowed. We can't expect our boxers to attend one training class and be the perfect obedient companions. Training is ongoing. You can't get a boxer and never do anything with it and expect it to be perfect, to not chew on things, to not misbehave, to not be destructive. You have to show it how to be a good dog. Boxers are play motivated and easily bored, so it's up to you to find interesting ways to train.
Some dogs are clingy and needy, this is not the case for most boxers. They may follow you around, and be constant shadows, but they don't have to be touching you all the time like some breeds. While they don't crave constant attention, they just want to know where you are. If you go into a closed room, almost assuredly your boxer will be waiting at the door for you to come back out again. Their independence is due in part to their heritage as working guard dogs, responsible for alerting their owners to the presence of intruders. That same independence means boxers can be a challenge to train.
Boxers may be independent, but when it comes to company, their curiosity and love of people get the best of them. Boxers insist on greeting people face-to-face and bestowing a few licks, too. Your boxers may be very well behaved every day around your house, but it seems that all that goes out the window when company comes over. They just can't help wanting to get in your guests face.
Because boxers are friendly and people oriented and adjust readily to new situations they are also easy to place into new homes. A well-screened rescue boxer is a great choice for people who don't want to deal with puppyhood. Because boxers adjust to new situations so readily, they make excellent adoptees. Consider a well-screened adult boxer from a responsible rescue group. The boxers adaptability not only helps a rescue dog settle comfortably into your home, but helps it weather the changes of a human household - a move to a new home, a new baby, a marriage or divorce, or just the two weeks with the petsitter when you go on vacation - with less stress than some breeds. As long as it is treated kindly by the humans around it, this adaptable breed is happy to love the one it's with.
Boxers look intimidating, no doubt about it. Their size and natural tendency to bark an alert should scare away would be intruders, but what if someone actually breaks into your house? Less territorial than some breeds, your boxer isn't guaranteed to do anything more than bark. Some boxers are likely to be friendly to everyone, intruder or not. Any boxer that does behave viciously or bites a human is not exhibiting normal boxer temperament. Being dog aggressive is one thing, but boxers know the difference between humans and dogs.
When it comes to other dogs, however - especially dogs of the same sex - boxers are not so likely to get along without incident. Dog aggression seems most common among females, although un-neutered males can also fight. Once two boxers have had an argument, it's never over. They hold a grudge, and they will be enemies forever and can't be trusted to be together. Anyone who gets in the middle of a boxer spat risks injury, not because boxers would attack humans, but because they are so focused on besting their canine enemies. It is never recommended to place a female boxer in a home with another female. Problems may not surface for a few years, and what are you going to do when it does? It's not worth the risk. Boxers also have a highly developed prey drive. Puppies can learn to get along with the family cat if raised together, but boxers can't be trusted around unknown cats, let alone squirrels, rabbits, birds, waterfowl, even sheep, goats and deer.
Best of all, boxer owners say, boxers are just plain joyful dogs. Boxers are always happy. Their good natured spirits can help to soften anyone's wrath upon discovering a chewed shoe or a dinner stolen from the counter. Of course, that face helps, too, adding a certain charm not only to the boxers conformation but to the general impression of the boxer's personality.
By now, you should have a pretty good idea whether a boxer's temperament will suit your own temperament and lifestyle. If a boxer sounds like it would be a perfect match for your family, then enjoy the journey ahead. It's bound to be full of fun and love!
Source: Legacy Boxer Rescue
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