Beginner Guide on Owning a Boxer Dog for the First Time

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Boxers are absolutely cute, adorable animals that are filled with infinite levels of energy, ideal for those who want to add more life and action to their lives. As someone who has led a considerably sedentary life, owning a Boxer has been one of the best things that have ever happened to me.

That being said, there are some things that I would have loved to know before beginning my dog-owning adventure, and I believe that those who are thinking of adopting a Boxer should absolutely know those things before making the decision, for the sake of reducing their headaches, and making sure that the pet is happy and at peace.

Some of these things are linked to the act of adopting a dog, while other things are more specific to the breed itself. Thus, before we start talking about Boxers and their particular characteristics, let’s talk about some of the things you should take into consideration before adopting any dog at all.

Adopting a Dog is not as Simple

Besides all the process of adopting a dog, which often involves visiting a shelter, paying for an adopting fee, and filling some paperwork, it is also necessary to note that adopting a dog also involves the purchase of necessary supplies to ensure that the pet is as comfortable as possible in their new houses. These supplies include things like:

  • Dry and wet food
  • Bowls for food and water
  • Grooming tools
  • Toys and snacks
  • A leash with its necklace
  • A bed

It is also very recommended to get a hold of veterinaries, so you have a solid idea of where to go in case something happens. 

There’s also the fact that dogs will need specific maintenance, from grooming to daily exercises, and these aspects of owning a dog will be heavily influenced by the breed. Some breeds are high-maintenance animals while others are not, and some breeds require an amazing level of daily exercise while others don’t require as much physical activity.

This is very important to note since making sure you are adopting a dog that is suitable for your type of personality and lifestyle will increase the chances of leading a happy life for both parties.

When You Shouldn’t Adopt a Dog

A lot of people, including myself, always think of the great benefits of owning a dog without actually considering some of the challenges of the whole transaction. I can blame myself for this particular problem, and although I ended up adapting to the whole situation, there were some things I would have considered before adopting my Boxer. More on that matter in the next sections of this article!

Dogs are very particular animals in the way that their way of acting and reacting to external stimuli heavily depends not only on their breed but also on their previous experiences. Dogs that are being taken care of in a shelter have a story, and it is very difficult to know this story in most cases.

That is why it is very important to pay attention to a dog’s behavior during your first interactions with it and determine whether that particular dog is a good choice for you or not. This can be determined by your circumstances, thus, assessing your situation and deciding based on it is absolutely important. Some things I would recommend taking notes on include:

  • Whether you have kids or not
  • Whether your house is spacious or small
  • If you have enough time to share with the dog and take care of it
  • If you are responsible enough to pay attention to its needs
  • If you can handle noise and regular companionship and bonding or if you like a more independent pet
  • If you are financially stable to purchase all the necessary things for your pet and cover medical expenses in case an emergency happens

There are also some behavioral patterns you should be on the look at when you visit a shelter, and if you want to know more about this, you should absolutely check https://www.rd.com/list/signs-you-should-not-adopt-shelter-dog/ for more details. 

As a pet owner, you have several responsibilities to take care of, and the happiness and health of your pet will be two important ones. That is why it is essential for you to know whether you will be able of providing it with a happy life, even before adopting.

Getting to Know More About Boxers

Now, if for some reason you are planning to adopt a boxer, we will showcase some of its most common features, so you get to know more about them before deciding whether to adopt one or not.

And the first thing you need to know about them is their physical features. First of all, they are medium-sized dogs, so they will require an intermediate level of space to be comfortable, especially considering that they are very energetic and physically active animals. If your house doesn’t have enough space, you might want to take another option.

Because of how active they are, they will require a moderate level of daily exercise, and a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes of daily exercise is recommended. This was a really big deal for me since I am not a very active person, and getting used to it was really hard, but in the long-term run, I can say that this changed my life for the better! 

If you are lonely, Boxers are heavily recommended thanks to their personality and silly acts. They are very sociable and goofy and enjoy spending time with their owners, so I heavily recommend this breed for those wanting a very present companion.

Thankfully, besides their exercise, Boxers don’t actually require as much maintenance. They only need baths every now and then, and only grooming them for 5 minutes every week is more than enough, so you won’t spend that much time and money on their care. 

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