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Boxer Dogs Make Great Family Pets

Updated on December 27, 2012

Annie May

Playful dog looking all regal!
Playful dog looking all regal! | Source


Sophia.  Fondly remembered.
Sophia. Fondly remembered. | Source

Annie May

Happy dog.
Happy dog. | Source

Annie May

Traveling in our car.
Traveling in our car. | Source

Annie May

Catching some zzzzz's
Catching some zzzzz's | Source

Annie May

A Boxer dog's normal disposition is both happy and friendly.
A Boxer dog's normal disposition is both happy and friendly. | Source

The case for getting your own Boxer dog

Our families’ love of Boxer dogs goes all the way back to the 1920’s when my Grandma would sit my mom and siblings out on the sprawling country lawn in Indiana with a Boxer dog as a protector! They also had herding dogs on the farm and a huge tabby cat that rode on my Grandfather’s shoulder as he walked from the house down to milk the cows.

Boxer dogs are known for their intelligence, playfulness, and loyalty. They make an especially good family dog. They are particularly gentle with children.

I have watched a Boxer dog prevent a baby who was learning to sit up from falling over. The Boxer would actually sway with the baby and nudge the baby away from toppling over! It was fascinating to watch even though it was way too early in the morning! The baby was awake way before the mom wanted to be awake.

I have also watched a Boxer walking with a lady in a motorized wheel chair and the Boxer did not pull or walk in front of the chair. Again, the Boxer dog put a great deal of thought and care into not knocking the woman down. This dog had never walked with anyone in a wheel chair before.

However, I have also had my nose bloodied while playing with my Boxer. It was a learning moment. I learned to NOT lean into a bouncing Boxer dog as the top of their head is harder than the soft cartilage in your nose.

When a Boxer dog barks at someone at the front door it is a most excellent warning.

When asked if my Boxer dog is friendly, I often say; “As long as I am happy, she is happy.”

No one has ever tried to make me unhappy once I say that!

Boxer dogs make excellent travelers. We took our Sophia on a two year trip around the United States in an RV. She had her own little bed but did cozy up with us when the weather was chilly. She was appropriately impressed with a one ton bison in Yellowstone Park. While she would bark at any other animal that came near ‘her’ car or RV, she kept very quiet when a bison strolled an arm length away from our RV, smart dog.

Our Annie May loves to ride in the car and is also a hiker. All you have to say is; “You want to go?” They bounce in happiness at the invitation!

Boxer dogs are also very good for your mood. They are such cheerful dogs and it does not matter how long or how little that you were out of their sight, they treat you like a long-lost returning hero.

Boxer dogs also can be (easily) brought up with other animals and will be very friendly and docile to them. I have always had cats and Boxer dogs. In two instances a cat and the Boxer dog became best buddies and even cuddled together.

Annie May


Annie May

We train our Boxers to not lick us. Look how big their tongues are!
We train our Boxers to not lick us. Look how big their tongues are! | Source

Boxer dog breed

Boxer dogs were originally bred in the Black Forest of Germany. They were bred to be broad of shoulder and strong. Their purpose was to hunt bears. There was a sport called Bear Bating where the dog was to set itself upon the bear to kill the bear for human sport. However, while the Boxer dog proved to be excellent at finding and corralling the bear it was not particularly interested in going in for the kill. So, Boxer dogs did not work out as killers. Their excellent disposition was showing even then.

Just in the past 30 years Boxer dogs have been bred to be smaller and more compact. This is a popular adaptation as the Boxer dog needs to be inside due to their short hair and nose. Although, our current Boxer dog, Annie May, is over the size of a standard female, as she is 81 pounds and 23’ at the withers (shoulders.) She is just more to love.

I find Boxer dogs easy to house train. But they are very active and must be crate trained as a pup until they learn how to behave in your home.

We do train our Boxer dogs to not lick us. Their tongues are enormous!

Boxer Rescue de Albuquerque

Annie May came from Albuquerque New Mexico Boxer Rescue. During the housing crisis, someone left a pregnant female Boxer in a dog crate in a park. They called the Boxer Rescue people and told them where to find this dog. This is quite sad but I am glad they alerted someone to the plight of the mamma dog.

This was Annie May’s mom, Penny. Penny was rescued and delivered her pups under the care of Boxer Rescue de Albuquerque. We got one of Penny’s pups. Annie May was 3 months old when we got her. She is now 5 years old (in March of 2013.) She has two siblings. Mac the Siamese cat is her true buddy and they pal around together a lot. Lilly our rescued kitty isn’t fond of Annie May but they are peaceful for the most part. Every once in awhile Lilly the 8 pound NOT de-clawed cat swats Annie May the 81 pound dog. Lilly does not use her claws, though. You would think mayhem would ensue but Annie May doesn't have mayhem in her bones!

Los Alamos NM Travel Picture

Los Alamos New Mexico with Oppenheim, Don, and the General.
Los Alamos New Mexico with Oppenheim, Don, and the General. | Source

Boxer Rescue de Albuquerque

Here is their motto:

Boxer Rescue de Albuquerque is a non-profit rescue organization for Boxer dogs based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our organization works with many of the New Mexico shelters to foster the dogs in individual homes (in Las Cruces and Albuquerque, NM) and adopt them out to Boxer lovers around the state. As long as we can complete a home visit and verify that the dogs will live in a safe and caring home, we will adopt them out.

Boxers are high energy dogs that tend to stay playful their entire lives. They need plenty of exercise and must be with their owners a majority of the time. They are indoor dogs due to their short hair and small snouts. They are great with kids and other dogs normally.

We can still utilize volunteers for fostering (anywhere from 1 week to 2 months). It is always difficult to adopt out your first foster dog, but you will know that they will go to a great home and the one needing a home is always waiting in a shelter somewhere in NM.

You can find them on Facebook. If you live too far away to rescue one of their dogs, do look in your area for a Boxer rescue


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      kingkos 5 years ago

      Best dog for me! when I see my dog they make me happy. Wish I finish my article about my dog too.

      Best dog boxer =) same with you

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      Duke 5 years ago

      We have 3 boxers... great dogs!

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      sdzulu 5 years ago

      Got to love Boxers!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      My in-laws had a boxer when I first met them. She was a nice dog and a great family dog. Voted up on your hub.

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      NMLady 5 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Thanks for commenting wetnose!

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      My daughter and her hubby have two boxers. They are stronger than my dogs. And they are a great family dog with my two grandbabies. A great hub to read about boxers if someone is deciding.