Boxer Puppy

By eHow Pets Editor


ers are happy, energetic dogs that love to run and play and make great family pets and companions. They are fast runners and smart game-players, an excellent breed whether you are looking for a companion for yourself or your whole family. Here are some tips to remember when buying a Boxer puppy.


Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

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.

Step 5:

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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Comments (10)
Jun 11, 2008 Debes
A Hong Kong resident? There's a gorgeous, big, playful, 1 year old Boxer puppy called Dozer at Hong Kong Dog Rescue in Pok Fu Lam in need of a home.
Jun 28, 2008 qwe175
i love boxers
Oct 10, 2008 Dempsey
Oh no! My boyfriend just got a Boxer baby, about 10 weeks old and his tail is cropped! If there's nerve damage will he show signs of it right away or does it come over time? We noticed that his front legs are a little shaky at times. Could that be nerve damage or just because he's getting used to his long, deer-like legs?
Feb 20, 2009 dgrutzma
The thing about not docking the tail because it can cause nerve damage is a complete lie! I am a veterinary student as well as a vet tech and tail docking is done when they are around 3 days old, it is a quick proceedure with little blood loss if any and the puppy barely notices at that age. There has NOT been one case of neve damage caused by tail docking and doing it at an older age is far worse because it is a longer healing process as well as more painful since the tail has had time to grow. As long as it is done by a qualified vet there is no problem with dail docking. People should get their facts from a vet not online because its usually wrong!
Mar 4, 2009 Jillie
I agree with the last comment. My cousin's boxer,Zarra,just had a litter of puppies and got thier tails docked by the best vet in Montana(that is where she lives) when the puppies were 4 days old. The vet said that 3 days is when you are supposed to dock their tails. If you too much longer than that, it would be very painful for them. Docking them at 3 to 4 months would be SO cruel and mean! I hope this helps some of you to do research and ask a professional before just taking some person on the internet's advice.
Jun 30, 2010 boxerbabies
I breed boxers also, and tails should be docked by 3 days old otherwise it is considered cruel!!!! Ear cropping is totally up to the purchaser and should be done between week 10-13 thats about 3 months old. Both are optional but the standard breed usually calls for a docked tail......
Mar 9, 2011 vincesells
I really liked you article. My name is Vince Stead, and I wrote a book about Boxer puppies and Dogs called "How to Train and Raise a Boxer Puppy or Dog with Good Behavior" that you can find on Amazon & Barnes & Noble for only $2.99. Here is a link to it: http://www.a r-ebook/dp/B004QS98DM/ref=sr_1_20?i e=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-te xt&qid=1299717195&sr=1-20
Apr 20, 2012 deantho
i would like to adopt a boxer in Hong Kong and cannot locate a breeder. can anyone help?
Aug 7, 2012 Jenna07Marie
WRONG!!!!.."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." That is so not accurate information. I have been breeding boxers for years, tails should be docked between 2-5 DAYS old, preferably 2-3, before nerves are developed. Docking a tail at 3-4 months would be extremely, extremely painful and extremely cruel. That is pretty much amputation at that point.
Mar 13, 2013 TailDockingIsWrong
I strongly beg to differ on the comment from a vet tech that stated "The thing about not docking the tail because it can cause nerve damage is a complete lie!" Tail docking can and does cause nerve damage in some dogs. I know this for a FACT as my dog has suffered for years directly as a result of her tail being docked as a puppy. No matter when a docking is done, damage can occur. It is an unnecessary practice and causes other issues besides nerve damage. It has been proven that puppies actually have more acute feeling and nerve endings as a puppy than an adult dog. And why are some people so gung ho on chopping off the tails? Watch a video of it being done and you will clearly see the puppy is suffering. Please don't make blanket statements such as " There has NOT been one case of nerve damage caused by tail docking..." unless you have personally visited every vet office in the country or world and personally verified that there has "never been a case of nerve damage". Also, docking a tail at any point in the life of a puppy is amputation, and extremely painful. Why is a 3 day old puppy less of a feeling being than a 3 month old? It's wrong all the time. It is 'pretty much amputation' at any time. Please visit the "No Tail Left Behind" campaign page on FB for further information on how docking can go wrong and please read this article: udies-Reveal-Tail-Docking-in-Puppie s-is-Painful. Please just think of how the puppy feels having his or her tail removed. We would NEVER do that to a human, why are we doing it to innocent dogs? Thank you.
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