While we think there is no breed better than the boxer, we also know the boxer is not the right dog for everyone. Before moving forward, be sure that you have the time, energy, and resources available to care for a boxer long term. If you have never lived with a boxer, we strongly suggest you start with a foster.
While a boxer is known for their playful puppy-like personality, they can also pass gas that has been known to clear a room, slobber, snore, and be quite stubborn at times. Boxers are very loyal. They love their people and want to be a part of the family - not put out in the garage or left outside all the time. With their curious nature, they insist on knowing everything that is going on and will often offer some boxer assistance. Boxers are affectionate and more than happy to give out as many wet, sloppy kisses they can. A boxer cannot imagine you not sharing your chair or bed with them.
Boxers are intellegent and high-energy dogs. Without training, daily exercise and games that challenge the boxer, you can have a real nightmare on your hands. A bored and untrained boxer is going to find some way to entertain themselves - whether it be dig holes, tear up the flower bed, chew up shoes, or destroy your furniture. There have been many couches lost to the bored and lonely boxer.
Boxers are predisposed to cancers - mast cell tumors and lymphomas. Also common are skin conditions such as allergies, hotspots, or skin tags. Boxers are also susceptable to bloat, which is deadly if not treated immediately. Boxer owners should be prepared to have a little money put away for unplanned vet visits.
Our boxers come to us from shelters where the boxer may of been surrendered or picked up as a stray and nobody came for them, were listed on craigslist or other online sites, or surrendered to us by owners no longer able to care for the boxer for many different reasons. The condition they arrive in ranges from well cared for to neglected to abused. Some have been trained, while others know very little. Each one has its own quirks and no matter where they came from, there is always an adjustment period when they go into a new home. You will need to be patient and work with your new family member to help them be the best they can be. If you are looking for a highly well-trained boxer or expect no accidents then I would have to say that adopting is not the option for you. but if you are willing to love your boxer, have patience, and willing to put in a bit of work with them, you will never regret it. There's nothing like true boxer love