Boxer Puppies - The Benefits and Drawbacks
So, you’re considering bringing a boxer puppy into your home ? Before you run out and buy a puppy let's take a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of raising your boxer from a puppy.
One of the biggest benefits would be the fact that by starting out with your boxer at such an early age you can have a major influence on their overall health and development into adulthood. You have complete control over what type of diet and exercise it would receive as well as the social benefits of raising your dog around family, friends, and other pets in the home. A healthy diet will assure that your boxer is getting all the nutrients it needs to help in the development of strong bones and tissue, a glossy coat, strong teeth and gum's, and clear eyes not to mention plenty of energy for exercise which is essential in developing strong healthy muscles.
Another benefit would be the fact that you can start training your boxer while they are still small and easier to handle. An average adult Boxer can weigh in at between 60 to 70 pounds which could prove to make things more difficult when trying to keep your dog under control while training.
Now let’s take a look at some of the drawbacks. Most likely the number one drawback would be your puppy urinating or pooping inside your home. Puppies don’t have complete control over their bladders or bowels and accidents are going to happen. During this stage you must keep a constant watch on your puppy. It could take several months to housebreak your boxer. During this time you need to remain calm and patient. If an accident happens make sure you clean it up with a product designed to neutralize the odor or your puppy will smell the spot and think that this is the place to go again. After eating or drinking, make sure you take your puppy outdoors for 10 to 15 minutes to give it time to relieve itself. You can get more tips on housebreaking your puppy on my training page.
Another common problem with puppies is they have a propensity for chewing when they are going through their teething phase. My Boxer, Tori, had a preference to the low lying window sills in my home. Thanks to her I am now highly skilled at repairing damaged would. Some puppies may prefer your furniture or really just about anything they can get their teeth around. (Use extreme caution around electrical cords; better yet just keep them unplugged during this time.
In short, you must keep your puppy under constant supervision to prevent these things from happening. A boxer puppy that has just been separated from its mother will also want to be with you all the time, including when you are trying to sleep so be prepared for some sleepless nights. Boxer puppies are also highly energetic and therefore require plenty of exercise, so plan on spending a few hours a day playing, walking and training your new puppy. At first it may sound like a big commitment to make, but trust me, the time you dedicate to your puppy in the early stages of their life will payoff 100 fold when the end result is a well adjusted companion who is loving, loyal, and trustworthy and will give you and your family years of joy and laughter.
If all that commitment sounds like a little too much to handle, you may want to consider adopting an adult boxer from a Boxer Rescue or shelter. Most of these dogs are already house trained and with a little work can still be wonderful family dogs.Return to the home page