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As for shedding, my Boxer doesn't shed much, and the hairs are very short. But perhaps it varies depending on the dog? Jed would be better at answering this question. :)

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korbin13   

Thank you for your post Trinabean, lots of good info. Glad the heat isn't an issue, 40 here today and the SBT hasn't moved from the kitchen floor. We are in Kalgoorlie but do come to Perth throughout the year. Good to know about the facebook page. As we unfortunately don't have any dog clubs here, any pup I get I am going to have to do all training and socialisation on my own, so it will mean some travel for me because I don't want a large unruly dog :laugh: So I might be able to time my visits with some meet ups.

I don't mind shedding, they are dogs after all, but I'm not up for GSD or Lab type shedding!

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indigirl   

When I got my boxer Fluke I didnt know a lot about the breed. He was the best behaved pup until he reached 7 months then he became the jaws if destruction. As I was used to gundogs I figured he needed more exercise. So I tried that with zero improvement in his behaviour. Then Jed suggested what he needed was more time with me. Amazingly this solved the problem. My Flukey is now 3.5 yes old and the best dog. Love him. Love the breed. He Is my first boxer bit he won't be my last :)

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Jed   

Korbin, I hope you come back here - there is a facebook group "Boxers in Australia" --- for boxer owners. Mostly pet boxers, and everyone posts photos, dog doings, new pups etc. You will probably only see the good (and funny) side of boxers, but will increase your knowledge.

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Korbin, I hope you come back here - there is a facebook group "Boxers in Australia" --- for boxer owners. Mostly pet boxers, and everyone posts photos, dog doings, new pups etc. You will probably only see the good (and funny) side of boxers, but will increase your knowledge.

Excellent info. Thank you.

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korbin13   

Korbin, I hope you come back here - there is a facebook group "Boxers in Australia" --- for boxer owners. Mostly pet boxers, and everyone posts photos, dog doings, new pups etc. You will probably only see the good (and funny) side of boxers, but will increase your knowledge.

Thanks Jed, I have joined and spent wasted a couple of hours going through the posts :laugh: Lots of adorable dogs, young and old but some of posts with health issues and behaviour problems, so as you say, good research.

Edit: bad spelling

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I am a newby owner of a recycled Boxer. My dog is 13 months, entire and came from a Uni share house, he has had limited socialisation with other dogs, none with cats, no behavioural boundaries, but basic obedience, sit, drop, no and wait for food was in place. Even though I researched this breed for a long time, there were a lot of things about the Boxer that surprised me, when I actually got one. I thought I would provide some feedback that might help other researchers to decide if this is the breed for them. I have owned German Shepherds (multiple) Grate Dane, Labrador, Maltese and a Jack Russell x . So that is my sphere of reference for comparing a Boxer. 

 

Nature -  This is a really gentle and soft natured dog.  I can't overstate how much more sooky teddy bear like he is than I was anticipating. He is happy, happy, goofy and funny.

Contact - Likes to be physically touching you, not rough or obtrusive, but will move so that he can rest a paw on your foot or lay his head against your back. 

Intelligence - This is a smart dog, way smarter that I expected. He is eager to please and gets new commands in a couple of repetitions, almost needy of rules and boundaries. I would rate this dog as as smart as my Lab, but more compliant.   

Exercise and Activity - Not as high energy as I expected. My other breeds excepting the Great Dane and the Maltese were higher energy than this. This fellow enjoys a good long walk, a game of tug or a game of soccer or all 3 , but he doesn't go stir crazy without it. When playing he throws himself into it, running, boxing and jumping and a being a loony, but he can switch off immediately when commanded. Rambunctious and strong, yes, out of control, no.  

Slobber - For some reason I expected that smooshy face to be wet, but it is not, it is soft and squishy and kissy and dry. Hmmm delicious. We really haven't seen slobber or eye muck at all. His mouth is very soft, he takes food from your hand very gently. I am used to the very soft mouth of a Lab but this guy is equally as gentle.  

Smell - His fur doesn't have a doggy smell, even wet he is unsmelly, he doesn't leave the smell of dog on your hands after patting. This is the least offensive smelling dog of all the dogs I have owned. 

Farting - Yes, farts like a demon, can clear a room and sometimes you can even hear them. The biggest farter of any of my breeds.

Dog Aggression - No, surprisingly for a dog that is entire and has not been socialised, My JR X backed him up the first time they met and the Boxer did not retaliate. Within 24 hours they were best buddies. He does get overexcited and a bit rough, so I imagine that could inadvertently start a fight, but there is no aggression.

Chewing - I was expecting and was prepared for a power chewer, but not really, he isn't any more of a chewer than any of my other dogs were. 

 

Anyway, I thought I would do this while I am freshly in awe, because I think most of the  articles and information about them is  undersold and their faults have been far overstated. 

 

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Jed   

Congratulations, you have tagged the boxer 100%  You have done very well.. 
A few  remarks
Dogs with well conformed flews don't slobber (except when food is right there).
A change of food may help with the farting. Mine eat raw, and it is not a problem - some dry foods are also ok.
Boxers need owner interaction more than they need exercise.  They put everything into what they do, so they get a surprising amount of exercise.

Well done on being perceptive enough to understand this dog.  Rescue boxers often have lots of issues, but if you ensure he knows the boundaries, and love him, there will be no problems.


 

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Thanks Jed. I am still totally besotted. He is a lovely cruisey relaxed boy. I am beginning to wonder if that looney Boxer reputation is ever real or if people have just seen a lot of undisciplined dogs. We have solved (or nearly solved) the farting, with BARF and Blackhawk. He goes to dog daycare once a week and plays with 40 other dogs, all breeds and sizes and he is good, he loves it and it has helped the over excitement a lot. We did discover one surprising, other thing, DON't play any games that involve running away from him. he can chase down a large adult male, jump them at shoulder height and drag them to the ground by their clothes. It was in that moment that we discovered the true purpose of the boxer. 

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Mjosa   

Oh wow what an amazing dog, loved it.

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