Characteristics of Boxer Temperament

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One of the best ways to determine if a particular breed of dog is right for you and your family is to look at that breed’s temperament.  Understanding this will tell you whether the dog breed will fit in with your family or not.  Of course, there are other factors you should evaluate—such as the breed’s size, for example—however, temperament is really one of the most important factors.

If you are considering a boxer, then, you need to understand boxer temperament.  Boxers may not be the right dogs for everyone, so while reading about boxer temperament below, think carefully about whether or not this sort of dog would be a good fit in your family.

Boxer Personality

While each boxer will have its own temperament to some degree, all boxer dogs do share some personality characteristics:

•    Boxers are boisterous and playful.  They are animated and excited when playing, and they love to run around and be active.  A large part of boxer temperament is that they are, as many boxer owners describe, ‘full of life.’  Boxer dogs can be feisty and mischievous and love to tease.

•    Boxers mature rather slowly.  In other words, they tend to stay puppy-like for several years, unlike many dog breeds.  They do start to settle down more once they reach age 3 or 4; however, they still tend to act rather playful and lively for pretty much all of their lives.

•    A very important factor to know about boxer temperament is that these dogs are people dogs.  Boxers need to be around people—they are happiest when they are with their human ‘family.’  When a boxer doesn’t get enough attention and affection, he can start to develop behavior problems.  Boxers must have human companionship for a good part of every day in order to be content.

•    Boxer dogs need to be house dogs—they do not thrive as yard dogs or dog house dogs.  This is because of their constant need for attention and companionship.

•    Boxers are quite protective of their ‘family,’ and will guard the home.  However, purchasing a boxer with the intention of training it as a guard dog is not a good idea, as boxers are more suited as pets.  Boxers will get aggressive when they feel threatened, though.

Boxer Characteristics

Along with boxer temperament, it is also important to know about a few key boxer characteristics.  These are attributes that some dog owners may find charming, but that other dog owners may find bothersome.
•    Boxers drool.  Some drool only a little, others may drool a great deal.  This varies from dog to dog.
•    Many boxer dogs also snore.  This will vary from boxer to boxer—some dogs may snore sporadically and lightly, in a way that is hardly noticeable; other dogs might snore every time they sleep, and loudly.
•    Boxers are typically strong-willed.  They can be well-trained; however, owners must be willing to put in time and effort.  Obedience classes are often quite helpful with this.  Owners must be firm and fair with boxers—otherwise, boxer independence will take over.

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9 Responses to “Characteristics of Boxer Temperament”
  1. Pamela Sauter Says:

    I have a white boxer, and he was hit and run over by a car. I took him to the vet and he was saved. He now lives with me. The problem I have is that he will not eat or drink water, sometimes for days. I have done everything that I could think of with him. I babysit for my neice, she is 3 mos. old. He started this eating habit over, well, really from the time I got him, at first I thought it was because it was a new home. Help Thank you

  2. Lisa Says:

    I have a 1 year old boxer that belongs to my son that is away in the Marines and am at wits end! Her name is Izzy and she is vey cute but very very distructive. She does stay out side all day by herself while we are at work and that is when the damage is done, everyday. Help what do we do?

  3. Diane nunez Says:

    I have just adopted a 4 month old Boxer pup and it seems like he didnt have much human interaction he is very calm when left alone but when we try to bond or come close to him he runs away and will sometimes growl or bark.

  4. janet Says:

    Lisa, the Boxer can’t be alone all day – that is why he is destructive! There is nothing wrong with her.

    Boxers require a lot of love and companionship. We have a one year old boxer, and it’s a good thing I work from home, because he gets into mischief when left alone, even though we have two other dogs keeping him company.

    It’s sad that he has to be alone all day.

  5. molly Says:

    hi i really love boxers ive read loads of info on them
    will he be ok if i leave him when i go to work (4-5 hours a day)

  6. ricky Says:

    diane nunez this was a major problem with my dog although not a boxer he is meant to be a very loving breed i asked a dog trainer about what i should do and she replied that in most cases the dog has a fear of human contact which can possibly most likely mean he was beaten or mistreated in his last home so she insisted that i get a fork and place some chicken on the end gradualy the dog should become better and better untill finally he will be eating from your hand to then sitting on your lap you will be tryin to get him away my dog was beaten in hes last home and now everywhere i go he just wants to be a part of it even if i need the toilet he will sit outside the door but beware if he gets too attached he may bark or even howl when your out and thiss may cause problems for neighbours

  7. ricky Says:

    molly yes he should be fine its probably better if u gradualy build up the time that you leave the house starting from a 15 minute walk to the corner shop and build this time up by 10 minutes each day possibly more then before you know it you will be going to work then going out doing whatever although to make this work it would probably be better to try to take him/her on long daily walks if he/she is tired he/she should want to sleep although this is not always the case with boxers as thay can be quite exuberant and full of energy also i would not advise on leaving for too long as he will most likely chew your house to peices try to slowly build it up and if this does not work you will possibly need a doggy day care

  8. fiona Says:

    Molly, I have a boxer which unfortunately I have to leave alone on weekdays. She is mostly fine with this, though can be slightly distructive but this isn’t a major problem. When I get home she LOVES to be the centre of attention and loves to get playing with other dogs, though doesn’t want another one in ‘our’ house! I’d thought of getting her company but she wont tolerate it!! They are energetic and loving dogs, a bit wired at times but great companions. Enjoy your dog, it will be your best friend!

  9. Brie Says:

    We are a busy family of 6, kids are at school and both my husband & I work full time. We are about to be proud owners of not 1 but 2 boxers about 4 months old. We have our work cut out for us. Like you I hate the idea of leaving them alone all day but how can I make this work? I live close enough to work that I can go home for an hour everyday…I have thought about kennel training them but I don’t know what the pro & con’s are to doing that. We live on 23 acres so the will get plenty of excercise it’s just the hours alone I worry about.

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