ABOUT BOXERS: CONSIDERING A BOXER
Two views on adding a Boxer to your life.
By David Jolovitz
It is often said that eyes are windows to the soul.
Perhaps with no other breed is that more evident than with Boxers. Boxers have no qualms about wearing their emotions on their sleeves, and make for very truthful companions. Their moods often suit those of the owners‘, as Boxers can look imposing to intruders, yet are very friendly to those they love.
Throughout the Boxer’s storied history, the Boxer’s responsibilities have shifted somewhat from a once-proud hunting companion, to a fully capable family pet. Steadfast in its approach, a Boxer remains by its master’s side through thick and thin -- regardless of its task. Simply put, a Boxer’s pedigree is as rich as a dog enthusiast could hope for.
Perhaps it is the Boxer’s personality that lends truth to the credo that a canine is man’s best friend.
Behind those deep-set, curious brown eyes, lies undying loyalty, the incessant drive to please, and a healthy sense of humor.
The distinguished face is made up of inquiring ears and a sturdy jaw that is supported by a strong, athletic neck. Whether they are in possession of cropped (standing upright), or naturally folded ears, they make for great listeners.
They walk with dignified grace, prance with the gaiety of a young child, and run with effortless beauty. They are remarkable creatures who, if given the chance, enrich the lives of all who know them.
Full-grown male Boxers weigh between 65-75 lbs., while their female counterparts usually weigh between 50-60 lbs. Boxers’ coats, short-haired in length, come in three colors; fawn (or light brown), brindle (light brown with black markings), and white.
However, apart from color, they are all bright, capable and easily-trained. They love children, and are suitable roommates for other animals.
Boxer adoption often yields unrivaled, rewarding relationships. Boxer owners, past and present, are quick to point out that in these relationships, there are plenty of smiles and great memories.
Answer the call and let a Boxer into your life.
Answer the call and let a Boxer into your heart.
Why a Boxer?
Ann Gilbert - Sarkel Boxers
while getting Herb's eyeglasses repaired at a local mall,
we struck up a conversation with the young man assisting
in the repair. He had noticed our T-shirts, adorned with
Boxers, of course, and inquired whether we had Boxers.
We advised him we did and he proceeded to ask me to describe
what I liked about Boxers and why I felt the breed was
so special. He was intent on getting a dog for the family
and had heard Boxers were good with children and usually
made good family dogs…
of the limited amount of time he had to spend with us,
I could only give him a brief account of our breed's "special"
qualities… After returning home, I decided to put
my description of our breed down on paper. I hope it will
make a good handout when you talk to others interested
in being "owned" by our breed.
are a special breed and until a person has been a companion
to such a dog, one cannot really understand the depth
of their devotion. They are sincere in their preference
for human companionship over the company of other animals.
Unlike other breeds of dogs who can fend for themselves
for the majority of the day, Boxers require our fellowship.
They can exist in a household with other animals, but
they prosper with human contact. This knowledge is key
to living, and living well with a Boxer.
Boxer is not a breed to be left in the backyard and excluded
from the home. They do not thrive well in extreme weather,
be it heat or cold. The Boxer's temperament is designed
to live in the house with the family as a member of the
family. A warm bed in winter, a cool spot away from the
summer's heat are a basic requirement. A good diet, fresh
water, a good health-care program, and regular grooming
(compared to other breeds, the Boxer is truly low maintenance
in this aspect) will lead the Boxer to repay you his/her
keep in ways you could never imagine.
are especially coveted by the Boxer. I have always believed
that the Boxer's child-like spirit is very much like the
"small humans" they so adore. Boxers require
the exact same portions of love, discipline and freedom
to grow to their full potential. Living in a household
with children and Boxers is very rewarding. It is also
a quest we cannot take carelessly. Remember, both children
and Boxers will reflect our failures as well as our triumphs.
Boxer will succeed in a household without children, as
long as the "parent" has the ability to dispense
those necessary portions of love, discipline and freedom.
Therefore, just like some people are never meant to be
parents, some people are not meant to be Boxer owners.
A prospective Boxer companion should understand and be
prepared for this "parenthood." Like children,
the Boxer can adapt to any lifestyle as long as the "parent"
in his/her life remains loving and dependable.
responsibilities for children and dogs of any breed are
the same. Some animal rights' people will probably consider
my opinion of our breed foolish. Some believe dogs or
other animals do not perceive human emotions of love,
hate, fear, happiness, sadness, shame or guilt. Animals
are, in some eyes, meant to walk the earth in their natural
state devoid of human companionship. We should simply
admire them from a distance. Obviously, they have never
lived with a Boxer. One only has to look into the eyes
of the Boxer, the mirror of their soul, to know they feel
and exhibit all our human emotions. Boxers, like children,
know how to use all of them to their own advantage.
have lived with other breeds in my 50-plus years; the
last 29 years I have spent exclusively with Boxers. The
Boxer is, by far, my favorite. Sporting dogs, hounds,
herding dogs, terriers and other dogs have shared my life
from time to time -- none have strengthened my life like
the Boxer. Their uncanny ability to adjust to whatever
life sends their way has been my deliverance on many occasions.
They can find humor when there is no laughter. They can
see heartbreak and offer comfort even when there are no
can sense danger and react with amazing calm. There are
times when we must face our fears; Boxers are fearless
when they know they are loved and they trust those who
love them. The surest way to break a Boxer's heart is
to break that trust. Only when there is no trust do they
allow their fear to show. Take a good look into the eyes
of a Boxer coming through a rescue program if you get
the chance, you will know immediately what I mean. The
character of the Boxer that sets them apart from other
breeds in heir ability to forgive the most insufferable
treatment; they are always willing to five humans a second
chance to renew their trust in us.
do not gain this position or respect that comes with it
by force. You gain the Boxer's respect with a firm but
thoughtful approach. An approach that should be laced
with a generous amount of humor. To some, the Boxer may
appear as a "class clown" and in many ways they
fit that description well. However, as in most cases,
the class clown is simply testing the waters seeking to
find his own confidence. A Boxer will do more for a smile
than any other breed I have known. A heavy hand only leads
to a heavy heart. A heavy heart can destroy the Boxer's
a Boxer plentiful doses of sunshine and fresh air. They
enjoy a job in the park or a swim in the lake. They are
an "all around" dog and they can be as active
or an inactive as you please. A Boxer can lounge on the
couch with the best of the "couch potatoes."
secret is to include them. Being a part of the family
is the Boxer's primary goal in life. If you do, you will
have less trouble with the excavations in the back yard,
or the flowerbed, the chewed furniture or shoes. Remember,
a bored Boxer is a "busy" Boxer. Keep your Boxer
"busy" in constructive endeavors and the destructive
tendency will be better contained. Use a crate if you
do have to leave the dog alone. The do enjoy periods of
being left alone, as do we. The time spent safely in his/her
crate is quickly forgotten when the dog sees you. Returning
to an unblemished house brings a smile to your face and
that's a perfect way to greet a Boxer.
consider the Boxer just a dog you would like as a pet.
You will be making a new friend and a new family member.
The fact that the Boxer is canine is irrelevant. We all
know a lasting friendship, like fine wine, just grows
better with time. The Boxer does not deal well with restriction,
either in physical or emotional form. The most important
thing you can spend on your Boxer is time. The profits
you will receive are immeasurable. If you cannot spend
the quality time necessary, spend your restricted time
and money on another breed.
a Boxer in your life results in boundless adventures.
Hold tight to the lead and prepare for the journey of