Though the boxer technically belongs to the working group of dogs, don’t be fooled—this breed loves nothing more than quality playtime. Quirky, loyal, and affectionate, it comes as no surprise that the boxer ranks as one of the most popular breeds in the United States year after year. The breed sports a handsome trademark square jaw, and their traditionally cropped tails lend themselves to a waggy rump whenever they’re excited—which is often, especially when food is involved. As it turns out, there are a lot of sides to the boxer personality.
Better know a boxer: the bubbly, jowly, fiercely loyal dog
Bubbly and bright, boxers are incredibly patient with children, making them an excellent addition to a family.
On the flip side, they can also be protective when the situation calls for it. This makes boxers a highly qualified breed if you happen to be in the market for a four-legged household security system.
Boxers get along famously with other dogs and cats, and they’re generally quite social. Curious at heart, they’re always looking for the next adventure… for better or for worse.
Boxers, like a lot of breeds, benefit from a structured regimen of training while they’re young to set them straight.
This high energy breed also requires ample exercise daily or you run the risk of dealing with some less-than-endearing puppy-like behavior.
Boxers tend to mature later in life than most breeds (they typically tend to mellow out around three to four years of age), which means these youthful dogs love to goof off require a lot of play time.
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