A natural-eared brindle male Boxer called Atlas.

About the Boxer
Boxers are a fabulous breed; they are affectionate, fun-loving, and thoroughly devoted to their families. Boxers thrive on love and attention and are particularly fond of children.

Boxers are energetic and outgoing and always want to be with you. But – amazingly – they are not for everyone! If you want an all-weather dog that can be kept outside, then the Boxer is not for you . . . they cannot tolerate extremes. With their short coats, they cannot tolerate the Canadian cold and with their short noses they cannot tolerate the Canadian heat.

Please remember that owning a dog is a privilege and a responsibility. Each and every living being has the right to expect the same love and care that you expect for yourself. And, that's why it is so very important to learn all you can about the Boxer, to make sure it is the right breed for you and that you are the right home for your pet. To learn more about the Boxer, check out the following sources:

Books
There are too many to list here so you might want to look at this bibliography.

Magazines
There are a few to check out:

Videos
There is a good one on Boxers that is available from the American Kennel Club.

Canadian Boxer Clubs
There are a few fairly active clubs:

Tips to share ...

  • Living with a Boxer: When out walking your Boxer, be prepared and show respect to the community by taking a plastic bag with you should you need to pick up any "deposits" left by your dog.
  • Grooming a Boxer: Keep the wrinkles on your Boxer's face clean and dry by wiping it with a soft moist cloth on a regular basis.
  • Living with a Boxer:  Feed your Boxer twice daily, approximately 12 hours apart.

  • Vetting your Boxer:  Practice touching and feeling your Boxer from head to toes and everywhere in between; it helps him / her become accustomed to being examined and makes life easier when taking him / her to see your veterinarian.
  • Living with a Boxer: Keep antihistamines on hand in case of an emergency as some Boxers have allergies and can react to such things as bee stings, leaf mold, and detergents.
  • Grooming a Boxer: Cut or grind your Boxer's nails once a week to keep them short.
  • Training a Boxer: Start your Boxer puppy off right, enter the puppy in a socialization class at one of your local dog clubs – but only do this once your breeder says that it is safe to have your puppy out in public.