Animated. Playful. Energetic. A little cuckoo in the best way. These are a few ways that Boxer parents will describe their pups. Boxer puppies are the eighth most popular breed in the United States for good reason. Do you think a Boxer puppy is right for you? Brush up on your Boxer puppy facts first.
1. They stay young at heart
Your Boxer puppy will be rambunctious and full of playful energy when you take her home. When she is a puppy, the fact that she is running so fast she is fishtailing is adorable. When she is three years old and 65-70 pounds, that fishtailing rump can knock right into a side table. Boxers are known for their puppy-at-heart- attitude that shines through their young adult years .Be sure to give your Boxer puppy plenty of space to exercise and play, and teach them how to settle down if need be.
2.They actually do box
In play, your Boxer puppy will do his best Muhammed Ali impression by standing on his hind legs and making a jabbing motion with his paws. This “awww!” inducing form of play isn’t where the Boxer puppy’s moniker comes from. Experts believe the name “Boxer” most likely comes from Germany, where they were originally bred to hunt large animals. “Boxer” is thought to be a derivation of the German word “Bullenbeisser,” or “bull biter.”
3. They have the most unique smile
A Boxer puppy’s adorable smushed face is almost reason enough to bring one into your family. Boxer puppies have a jaw known as an “undershot,” which means the lower jaw curves and juts out slightly from the upper jaw. In layman’s terms, that just means your Boxer will likely have the most charming underbite ever.
4. They can be stubborn
Boxers puppies are energetic and intelligent. If things don’t go their way (what do you mean they can’t have half of your turkey sandwich?!), Boxer pups may pout or insist with a couple gentle nudges that they should get what they want. This stubbornness also can bleed over into aggression. Some Boxers can get rough with dogs of the same size and sex. Be sure to socialize your Boxer pup early and often and set up expectations early to avoid too much drama.
5. But they are really just the sweetest, biggest, couch potatoes.
There is something that your Boxer pup will enjoy just as much as he enjoys running around and playing fetch for an hour: snuggling on the couch with you as you binge watch your favorite series. Boxer pups are some of the world’s biggest lapdogs. Your Boxer puppy will have tons of energy, but as he ages, the need for snuggles and downtime will start to balance out with the need for play.
Remember, you can find just about any breed of dog you are looking for at a shelter or rescue. Look on Facebook for a Boxer Rescue groups in your area.