Ask any Boxer owner what Boxers are like, and chances are you’ll hear the word “exuberant” mentioned at least once. “They can get pretty boisterous, and that gets on some people’s nerves. They aren’t hyper, but they are certainly enthusiastic,” says Virginia Zurflieh, a Boxer breeder in Tampa, Florida.
That natural enthusiasm can be a plus in the show ring, where animation makes the Boxer stand out, but it can be a liability in such activities as competitive obedience. “They really are free spirits,” says Wendy Wallner, D.VM., a Boxer breeder with a mobile veterinary practice in Loganville, Georgia.
“Obedience competition can turn into a comedy act when a boxer decides to……..
take a break right in the middle of a recall [an obedience exercise in which you call the dog to you] to roll in something that smells good in the middle of the ring, or take a detour to go visit interesting people in the crowd. Then it comes back, does what you said, and acts like it was all part of the routine,” says Dr. Wallner
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. “Even though we spent a lot of time researching different breeds, we were not prepared for the exuberance of a Boxer. It has been an adjustment, but we love Sable dearly, and she really is such a good dog,” says LaGasse. “But sometimes we think we should have named Sable ‘Rambunctious’ instead. Of course, she’s just so cute that she gets away with things,” LaGasse admits.
If you’re looking for a dog that will join you in a friendly wrestling match, the Boxer is a perfect partner. Are you ready?
Are you a the-glass-is-half-full person?
Do you look to your dog to put you in a good mood?
Are you patient with high energy?
Do you like people and dogs that don’t take life too seriously?
Although Boxer’s are less active than some dogs, they do best with owners who appreciate and can accommodate their natural exuberance and zest for life.
From the Editors of Dog Fancy Magazine-Popular Dog Series