Research the breed. Boxers are very personable and can be wonderful family pets, but there are certain things to consider when deciding if a boxer is the right breed of dog for you. Boxers have a high energy level and require lots of time to play. They can also experience "clingy" phases during which they are likely to demand a lot of your attention. Due to their long legs and lean physique, the breed is also prone to problems with bone and skeletal conditions.
Find a reputable breeder. Boxers are a popular breed so finding a registered Boxer breeder should not prove too difficult. Utilizing the knowledge of a breeder who specializes in breeding and raising Boxers will give you the option of finding a Boxer puppy that is the color and build that you want. It will also ensure the puppy you buy is healthy and from parents registered with the American Kennel Club.
Consider using a rescue group. Many large dog breeds have rescue groups that find homes for animals who have been removed from abusive or neglectful owners or puppies that have been abandoned. Whether you are looking for a puppy or are willing to adopt a more mature dog, getting a dog through a rescue group is a great alternative to buying one from a breeder. These dogs can sometimes experience health or behavioral issues because of their past situations, but they all want a caring home and an owner to love.
Buy only from reputable breeders and sellers. Avoid buying your Boxer from a retail store that sells puppies. These retail pet stores often get their puppies from puppy mills that neglect and inbreed their dogs. You risk purchasing a puppy that has not been properly vaccinated, is malnourished or underweight or is at greater risk for the bone diseases and fractures that Boxers are prone to experience.
Look for signs of a healthy puppy. Boxer puppies should be alert and active to the point of seeming hyper. Due to the Boxer's naturally energetic disposition, a lethargic or listless puppy could be a sign of poor health. Do not purchase a Boxer puppy whose tail has already been cropped as this operation should not be performed until a dog is at least 3 or 4 months old. A Boxer younger than this whose tail has already been cropped could suffer nerve damage. The Boxer's eyes should be clear, its jaw should be straight and square and its legs should be straight and strong.
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