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Can anyone point me in the direction of some really good sources for information on owning/keeping/training the breed etc?

My partner is adamant he wants a boxer so wanted to sit down with him and read through everything to make sure its definitely what he wants and what to expect from the breed, health problems to be aware of etc etc. Just all things boxer really

There is a very good breeder local to us who all being well we plan to contact and go and 'chat boxers' with and meet some of their dogs etc with views on discussing what we want in a pup and their waiting lists but thought reading information would be a good place to start before taking up some of their valuable time should he change his mind or decide its not the dog for us.

My dog is a little 7lb chihuahua so i'm also curious to hear from anyone who keeps a larger breed with a smaller one. I'm sure he will be fine and will rule the roost anyway, just curious as to whether anyone follows precautions of crating or separating when you go out etc just in case of an injury during play or something. My chihuahua is never crated, never needed to, he takes himself off upstairs and sleeps, and not sure if we would hypothetically crate a boxer or not.

Nothings set in stone just want to show him everything so he realizes what he is thinking of getting us into
 

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Can anyone point me in the direction of some really good sources for information on owning/keeping/training the breed etc?

My partner is adamant he wants a boxer so wanted to sit down with him and read through everything to make sure its definitely what he wants and what to expect from the breed, health problems to be aware of etc etc. Just all things boxer really

There is a very good breeder local to us who all being well we plan to contact and go and 'chat boxers' with and meet some of their dogs etc with views on discussing what we want in a pup and their waiting lists but thought reading information would be a good place to start before taking up some of their valuable time should he change his mind or decide its not the dog for us.

My dog is a little 7lb chihuahua so i'm also curious to hear from anyone who keeps a larger breed with a smaller one. I'm sure he will be fine and will rule the roost anyway, just curious as to whether anyone follows precautions of crating or separating when you go out etc just in case of an injury during play or something. My chihuahua is never crated, never needed to, he takes himself off upstairs and sleeps, and not sure if we would hypothetically crate a boxer or not.

Nothings set in stone just want to show him everything so he realizes what he is thinking of getting us into
I have got a bullmastiff and a kitten so small and large and my cat is def in charge! They do play with each other but my dog seems to know he is smaller so doesn't go to rough, as for boxers google is a good source of info look on kc website it gives u info on breeds
 

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Well from my friends with boxers - they're mad as a box of frogs, they drool A LOT, whenever my Kes plays with her boxer friends her fur is almost white from all the slobber. They're VERY energetic and need lots of training to calm down. They're very physical and hands on and boisterous, as you can see from their play styles, they get the name 'boxer' from how often they stand on their hind legs and hit things with their paws. Not sure I'd recommend having one with a chi but I'm sure other people will chime in. :)
 

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Boxers are gorgeous lovely friendly dogs, but are often over friendly and this gets them in trouble. They go bounding over to people and other dogs and it often scares them and some other dogs don't know how to react to a big bouncey boxer. Usually they don't mean any harm, but I can see why some people might be weary. They are very energetic dogs and will need atleast two long walks every day. They don't do well by themselves and get bored and destructive if left for a long period of time. I'm not sure how they'd get along with all the small furries in your signature, but i'd keep a very close eye on them. I'm pretty sure Boxer wouldn't mean to harm any of them, but boxers play rough and will hurt a small furry without realising... probably by bashing one of them on the head!! They need firm but fair training to keep them under control, as they are nuts!! You need to be consistent.. they're not the brightest sparks, but will learn what you want from them with proper consistent training. They will suffer if you're a bit wishy washy with their upbringing (but then again, so would any dog!)
 

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Right where to start :D

Your best bet is to start with contacting the breed clubs and breed rescues who will be able to give you a lot of information. I have 2 males a 4 year old and a 6 month old pup. They are generally high energy and will go for hours if you let them they tend to grow up quite late compared to some breeds my eldest started calming down at 3 and now at 4 1/2 is what I would class as mentally grown up; although they do tend to stay very puppyish until later years.

My 6 month old is a full time job at the moment and he is into everything and he has the body of an adult but the mind of a puppy which can cause issues :) They are incredibly intelligent although don't always get the credit for this, they don't do well with harsh training and you have to make it worth their while or else they'll do it a couple of times and then think why? They can be incredibly destructive if not mentally stimulated and love to be with humans. They are very much people dogs and don't usually do well if left for long periods everyday. They also don't do well with extreme temperatures so walking early and late at night in summer is often a must.
With regards to health make sure you buy from health tested stock. Particular problems in the breed are heart issues, cancer and also kidney disease has been cropping up. Deafness does crop up as well.

Some drool but not all and they can suffer from a sensitive stomach. They can be a bit funny with other dogs if not socialised properly and also tend to irritate a lot of dogs whether they mean to or not.

With regards to playing and living with a smaller dog, it does work for people however they are very rough when playing so you have to be careful as a lot of other breeds do not tolerate this. My two are very strong and will body slam each other, smash each other with their paws and pin each other down by the throat. They are also very vocal when playing and I rarely let them play with smaller dogs because they could easily cause damage without meaning to.

They are a lovely breed to own and I will never be without at least one but they aren't necessarily for everyone :D
Any questions feel free to PM me!

Sorry for the long post :D
 

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Boxers are gorgeous lovely friendly dogs, but are often over friendly and this gets them in trouble. They go bounding over to people and other dogs and it often scares them and some other dogs don't know how to react to a big bouncey boxer. Usually they don't mean any harm, but I can see why some people might be weary. They are very energetic dogs and will need atleast two long walks every day. They don't do well by themselves and get bored and destructive if left for a long period of time. I'm not sure how they'd get along with all the small furries in your signature, but i'd keep a very close eye on them. I'm pretty sure Boxer wouldn't mean to harm any of them, but boxers play rough and will hurt a small furry without realising... probably by bashing one of them on the head!! They need firm but fair training to keep them under control, as they are nuts!! You need to be consistent.. they're not the brightest sparks, but will learn what you want from them with proper consistent training. They will suffer if you're a bit wishy washy with their upbringing (but then again, so would any dog!)
Agree with all of this apart from them not not being the brightest sparks. All the Boxers I know are incredibly intelligent but people do not train them in the right way to bring this out of them. :D

Agree with the running over to people a lot of people quite rightly so are wary of them as they are incredibly strong and in your face.
 

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Right where to start :D

Your best bet is to start with contacting the breed clubs and breed rescues who will be able to give you a lot of information. I have 2 males a 4 year old and a 6 month old pup. They are generally high energy and will go for hours if you let them they tend to grow up quite late compared to some breeds my eldest started calming down at 3 and now at 4 1/2 is what I would class as mentally grown up; although they do tend to stay very puppyish until later years.

My 6 month old is a full time job at the moment and he is into everything and he has the body of an adult but the mind of a puppy which can cause issues :) They are incredibly intelligent although don't always get the credit for this, they don't do well with harsh training and you have to make it worth their while or else they'll do it a couple of times and then think why? They can be incredibly destructive if not mentally stimulated and love to be with humans. They are very much people dogs and don't usually do well if left for long periods everyday. They also don't do well with extreme temperatures so walking early and late at night in summer is often a must.
With regards to health make sure you buy from health tested stock. Particular problems in the breed are heart issues, cancer and also kidney disease has been cropping up. Deafness does crop up as well.

Some drool but not all and they can suffer from a sensitive stomach. They can be a bit funny with other dogs if not socialised properly and also tend to irritate a lot of dogs whether they mean to or not.

With regards to playing and living with a smaller dog, it does work for people however they are very rough when playing so you have to be careful as a lot of other breeds do not tolerate this. My two are very strong and will body slam each other, smash each other with their paws and pin each other down by the throat. They are also very vocal when playing and I rarely let them play with smaller dogs because they could easily cause damage without meaning to.

They are a lovely breed to own and I will never be without at least one but they aren't necessarily for everyone :D
Any questions feel free to PM me!

Sorry for the long post :D
My little terrier is very chunky and robust - he's sturdy, muscular and would be hard to damage. He's well socialised and happy to play with bigger dogs but boxers are just too powerful when they play and they scare him when they bowl him over, which normally he loves. I would worry about the chi/boxer combo purely due to this. I have no doubt that the boxer would mean no harm whatsoever, but they play with such enthusiasm and vigour that I wouldn't leave them home alone unsupervised together.
 

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My little terrier is very chunky and robust - he's sturdy, muscular and would be hard to damage. He's well socialised and happy to play with bigger dogs but boxers are just too powerful when they play and they scare him when they bowl him over, which normally he loves. I would worry about the chi/boxer combo purely due to this. I have no doubt that the boxer would mean no harm whatsoever, but they play with such enthusiasm and vigour that I wouldn't leave them home alone unsupervised together.
Here is Kes playing with a boxer called Max:



From what I know of boxers this is pretty typical playing behaviour.
 

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Thanks for all the great replies :)

I've told him one will be hard work and we will both have to train and enforce house rules but hearing it from people with experience of the breed might help him understand a little better.

I used to work at a dog boarding kennels and for the most part the male boxers were mental. Absolutely lovely dogs but mad as a box of frogs. The girls did seem to be noticeably calmer but I guess its probably more down to the individual dog.

He wants a boxer because he thinks they are a good size (not to big not to small) and because he thinks they look nice. His family have had a rottweiler from a pup whos now 9yrs old so hes been used to larger dogs, but as I keep telling him a boxer is far different from a rottie.

Now i'm quite happy with my little chi and would happily settle for a pug or another chi and although he likes my chi its not really his kind of dog...so I feel we are going to have to compromise somewhere along the line. I've suggested other breeds but hes pretty adament he wants a boxer. They seem to fit the bill size wise, smooth coated and price wise. The only other breed he really liked was a black & tan smooth coated griffon buxellois....which would be extremely difficult to get and probably quite expensive.

Like I said nothing is set in stone just want to educate him (and myself) as much as possible so we can make a decision. I know how much hard work one would be its just a matter of convincing him and getting him to believe it lol
 

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They have a fair few health problems, including hips, elbows, heart, there is also DNA testing available for von willebrands a bleeding disorder and spinal cord degeneration.

Full details on this link
Boxer - Dog Breed Health

If memory serves me OK I think in some lines there is Juvenile kidney disease problems too.

A good source of information is usually the breed clubs as well.

Boxer Breed Council Home Page

British Boxer Club Home Page

This may help too KC asured breeders of boxers
Kennel Club Assured Breeders for Boxer

The american Breed clubs Ive noticed in general seem to be very good at health and other information sometimes better then the UK ones
American Boxer Club: Welcome
 

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I love boxers & did want one but unfortunately came to the conclusion they would be too much for the chis & could be a few accidents, not because of their size but just because of their energetic ways & how they play!
There was a 6 month boxer at training a few months ago & it tried to play with jake threw its paws in his face & sent jake flying so jake went nuts every time it came near him after that. I guess if it got told enough by jake it may have been calmer with him, but they are just such a playful breed. I have met a few calm boxers, but not many lol
 
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