Boxers adore companionship and forge intense bonds with family members. While this loyalty is admirable, a tight bond can leave the dog feeling insecure and prone to separation anxiety. They do poorly when left alone to their own devices. It's important to keep your Boxer entertained - or better still, exercised and all tuckered out - when you leave. If you don't, you can be assured that they'll find something to do, and whatever it is, it won't be on your approved list. Boxers love to chew. They love couches, wooden tables, doors, and all manners of fine home furnishings. With this important trait in mind, you should probably not own this curious and creative breed if you plan to be gone most of the day.
Boxers mature later in life than many other breeds. The fact that they are puppies for many years -- even up until they are 5 years old or more - is a special trait that endears them to your heart. That said, Boxers need a lot of exercise each day. A simple walk around the block isn't going to cut it for this canine athlete. Many Boxers end up in rescue or are dumped at shelters because the owner neglected to read up on how much exercise this dog needs. A Boxer that doesn't expend all that pent-up energy can be overly boisterous and destructive in the home. On the flip side, young Boxers should not be worn ragged either. Their bones are still developing and you could face major orthopedic issues, such as arthritis, a torn ACL or spinal injuries, down the road.
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