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Medium to large, short-haired dog breed of mastiff-type, developed in Germany Website

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    Fri Jul 30 2010

    Boxers are a great all-around dog, but they are not for everyone. If you are lazy and/or don't have dog experience, dont waste your time. They are incredible dogs, very friendly, yet protective. The sight of them is enough to deter most people. A boxer will always have your back and can always make you smile. They bond closely with their families, and are especially fond of children. About many of the drooling comments, well bred boxers rarely do. Usually only after they drink excessive amounts of water. I have had 10 boxers since I was in diapers, and my earliest memories were of our two at the time bringing me my sippy cup or bottle whenever I cried. I will never be without one of these incredible dogs. :)

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    Thu Mar 04 2010

    A walking mass of muscle and not much brain. They will rip your arm off at the shoulder if walking them on leash and they see something worth chasing. Obedience training would be a must this dog. Though they are lovable and loyal, they like to roam and are known for digging under fences to get away.

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    Thu Feb 11 2010

    I have a red and white boxer who is coing up to 12 years old. I got him from a neglectful breeder who bred purely for appearance, rather than temperament. I was very young and inexperienced at the time but had been brought up with a bitch brindle an white boxer, a rottweiler and 2 Old English Sheepdogs who loved people and other dogs. The boxer was my favourite so decided on another and fell in love with the little mischevious red and white male I called Henri. He was a great puppy, he lived with our other boxer fine and was great in training classes. Then when he was nearly 2 years old he was attcked by a German Shepard dog and has since been aggressive towards other dogs. He won't go over to a dog to pick a fight, he would rather avoid them but if a dog runs at him he automaicaly goes onto he defensive. He cn be introduced to new dogs but needs to take his time trusting it. We have a new male who Henri picked out from a rescue and they love each other. Henry is just proof that it i... Read more

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    Thu Jan 28 2010

    EXTREMELY DANGEROUS????!!!! I would have to say that that is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard in my life. In the upteen training classes I have had, I've only had one problem boxer and his problem was too much energy and not enough exercise, not aggression. The dogs I had to most problems with were...........BEAGLES! I've been bitten 3 times and all three have been beagles. That just shows that it IS NOT THE DOG, it's the owner. Wrong lifestyle, wrong living situation, ignorance and just plain irresponsibility all place key roles in how a dog reacts to the outside world. My uncle breeds boxers and I now have a boxer, and they are the perfect family and obedience training dogs. As long as you give them a constructive environment and lots of exercise! Even then they would only "viciously" lick you to death or knock you over trying to play!

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    Sat Dec 26 2009

    That is insane! Boxers are known for being some of the most gentle, family-friendly dogs. Any dog can be a bad dog without proper training. I grew up with boxers and currently own one myself. They are the sweetest dogs who are even recommended for houses with CHILDREN because of their naturally docile disposition and high tolerance for being poked and prodded by little hands. To be fully honest, I have experienced some boxers who are territorial towards other dogs if not properly socialized at an early age, but have NEVER EVER had a problem with any of my boxers showing the slightest aggression towards people. They are 70lb lap dogs!!!!

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    Tue Dec 15 2009

    Ok, so IMO. The Boxer that I had, we tried to train, and he just did NOT get it. Was literally dumb. The coolest things he did was every time he ran, he ran like a deer. No joke. But, really, we trained all the other dogs (separately, of course) and they all caught on, even the puppy (2mo) got it. OMG, I will Never take one in again. A few of my friends have them, and their dogs seem ok, but I just will NEVER own them. Will just stay with my pound puppies...

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    Mon Jul 06 2009

    This breed has quite a few good and bad qualities about it. Being that I work in a group environment of dogs, my rating of thses dogs is just around other dogs. Here's the good. They are adorable and very loving with people. They are comical and half the time they flop around in silliness. I love getting hugs and kisses from them. Here's the bad. Most dogs can't tolerate their type of play. They really do "box" and their strength often hurts the other dogs in the room. Alot of dogs have a fear of them and try to escape them. When more than one Boxer is in our group, they keep eachother busy and can handle eachother's strength..that is good. They have a tendency to be protective. On more than one occassion I have had these dogs be toy and people protective and will attack other dogs without thinking twice. I had one dog in our group that was so protective of me that he wouldn't let anyone else in the room near me. They are working dogs, though, so this is part of the breed.

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    Wed Jul 01 2009

    Love them! Although I have never own one before one of my friends has 2 and they are quite hyper but sweet too.

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    Thu Jun 25 2009

    My well trained working English Springer Spaniel, has now been attacked twice by different boxers while out walking. The first time 6 months ago in a Royal Park while putting my dog back in the car, 2 boxers attacked me and my dog, we both got bitten, and I had to fight the dogs off. During this time while the boxers owner did nothing to help she tried to persuade me that they were just playing!! The attack was witnessed by park wardens and the Boxers got dealt with!! But it cost us a fortune in vets bills and me time in Casualty. Today in National Trust woodland, 2 different boxers and a small terrier together suddenly attacked the same springer, while he was walking to heel. Very vicious, while I'm trying to get the dam things off, the two stupid women with the boxers tried to walk away and pretend it wasn't happening. My wife shouted to them to get their dogs under control, they refused and blamed the springer. One of the Boxers then turned on my wife, fortunately it decided no... Read more

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    Sat Jun 20 2009

    Boxers are a goregous breed of dog! They have the most optimistic, loving, intelligent, friendly, protective and funny personality any dog could ever have! On a bad day this breed will make you laugh non stop at the retarded and dorky things they do. These dogs are born to please their owners any way possible! I do agree they are not for every owner due to the breed being very active but if you have a big yard and other dogs the Boxer will enjoy the company and entertain himself while you're away. You MUST remember to train these dogs as pups so that they do not pick up bad habits. As pups they are very intelligent, learn quickly and hate to be punished. My 9 week old brindle female named Casey is very sensitive to vocal tone change. She picks up quickly when its a serious NO that you're saying and she understands that whatever she's doing is bad. At 6 weeks of age she learned her sit command as well as her stay command. She's very vocal and has a habit of "talking" back to my Mother w... Read more

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    Mon Apr 20 2009

    A very macho tough looking dog in appearance. I like em. On a sad note the average life span for a boxer is only 7-10 yrs.

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    Sun Apr 19 2009

    These dogs will steal your heart. I can't imagine my home without boxers in it. :)

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    Sun Apr 19 2009

    I've never even HEARD of a mean boxer. They are awesome pets, and I admit to being a sucker when it comes to them. But be sure you can give these guys positive training and 2 hours of excercise a day, otherwise you'll both be hating life.

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    Tue Dec 16 2008

    Due to the confusing rating system please look at the reviews. There are only two negatives out of twenty five! They look suspiciously similar.

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    Tue Dec 16 2008

    Boxers aggressive...are you crazy?! That would require them to get up off the sofa. I have 2 and they don't have a mean bone in their body. I would describe them as Loving, Intelligent, Playful, Energetic, Exuberant, and Funny, but not mean or aggressive.

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    Sat Dec 06 2008

    I have had several dogs over the years, three have been Boxers. I agree with an earlier post, they are not for everyone. I have nothing against other breeds at all; however Boxers are the breed for me. They can be a handful and require a lot of attention, but your efforts will be repaid with loyalty, companionship, and comic relief. (Anyone who has had a Boxer will understand the comic relief comment.)

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    Tue Dec 02 2008

    I grew up with Boxers. Every single one was nothing but sweet and loving. Great family dogs! Mine know how to open doors and they think they are big lap dogs. They are the ultimate puppy forever type of dog. My Boxers are 9 and 10 years old and they act like they are 1 or 2 years old. They were NEVER aggressive, ever. Not even with baby kittens.

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    Sun Oct 26 2008

    extremely dangerous!!!

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    Sun Oct 26 2008

    Very Aggressive breed. Beware!!!

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    Thu Oct 09 2008

    I got my Boxer by accident..she just happend to be the dog at the pound that I connected with.  Well, it's love from day one.  That first night she lay between me and my husband in bed, on her back, sprawled out and asleep as if she was meant to be there from day one.  She is the most intelligent, gorgeous, playful and naughty dog I've ever had. I wouldn't give up any of those qualities.  Soon after we got her, we saw a couple walking their Boxer puppy in the neighborhood and became friends with them, now we keep the two dogs together all the time either at their house or at ours.  They are in love and are miserable when they are separated.  I'm hooked on the breed...and with children?  Just the best!

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    Wed Oct 01 2008

    Love them love them love them.  The descriptions here are so accurate.  They are not for every person and if you don't have one of your own they can be annoying.  My husband wanted a boxer for a long time and I finally felt like I caved in.  I was worried about their strength, their high energy level, and slobber. We now have two and they are sometimes hard to handle alone, but I cannot imagine not having them.  Despite the slobber which ruins your clothes just as you are walking out the door, there is something so special about the love they give you.  They will follow you every time you get up from the couch even into the restroom.   They just have to be around you all the time.  There is something comforting about that - not the restroom part!

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    Sat Sep 20 2008

    Personally love the breed to death, the day I don't have one in-house is going to be a "constantly-on-the-verge-of-tears" kind of day.However these guys certainly aren't for everyone.  They're smart-as-hell, mischevious-as-can-be, complete social butterflies (assuming you've gotten one from good stock and raised it accordingly), will demolish your living room in 5 minutes flat if bored, need a ton of play & mental games, are stubborn and can be difficult to train as they have their own mind (& alot of it), slobber, snore, are rambunctious, are pups forever, and have heartbreaking genetic cardiac diseases.  Get one at your own risk.  Or borrow someone else's for a day.

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    Thu Aug 07 2008

    One of the Best Breeds EVER!!! Everyone needs a boxer!!

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    Sun Jul 06 2008

    hecck yess. i've had two.

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    Fri Jun 27 2008

    Boxers are the awesomest dogs ever!!! I've owned two. One's dead though.

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    Thu Jun 26 2008

    Since the day I came home from the hospital I have been around boxers. I've had 6 so far. I have to say that I honestly find it comical that they would be considered dangerous. The biggest threat they pose is catching you off guard with a kiss while your mouth is open. They are very hyper and love to play, so if you don't have ample space and time for them then I wouldn't recommend getting one.

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    Thu Jun 19 2008

    Too hyper.

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    Sun Jun 01 2008

    Boxers have "sad" faces, but are real people pleasers.

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    Thu May 08 2008

    I've got a boxer and she's the most playful and loving dog I've ever had. She can be a bit of a handful since I am petite but she is wonderful and very gentle around my little brother! She also is a very good guard dog.

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    Wed May 07 2008

    These looks scary but I never met one that was actually threatening

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    Tue Apr 15 2008

    I have had many dogs, only one of them a boxer. They are not for the timid or inexperienced owner. They need more time and affection than most, but if you can give them that they will give you back more than any other breed. They seem to have a more expressive and intelligent nature than most other breeds as well. Very loving and funny. Five stars for myself, fewer for the less hands on owners.

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    Wed Apr 09 2008

    I like all dogs and I really don't have anything against boxers although I would never own one.

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    Tue Apr 08 2008

    Love these dogs. I've never seen such an athletic dog. When I used to take my dog to the dog park in Boston, the boxer was the leader of the pack.

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    Wed Apr 02 2008

    I love Boxers! They are a great companion! Very smart and energetic dogs.

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    Mon Mar 31 2008

    I am the proud owner of two beautiful, playful, EXTREMELY energetic boxers! I dont think that I can ever have another breed of dog after having them. Yes they are full of energy and VERY playful. also they are excellant guard dogs (no i have not trained them to be like that... they just are). they are time consuming but all the love that they give so freely and the joy that you feel when they greet you at the door is indescribable and well worth it!!

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    Fri Jan 18 2008

    Ugly in my opinion but to each his own.

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    Sat Nov 17 2007

    boxer mean not possible

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    Fri Sep 21 2007

    i have never meet a mean boxer, they may exist but never seen one in 20 years in dogs

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    Sat Sep 15 2007

    who ever thinks that boxers are crazy. I'v had mine for five years

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    Wed Aug 15 2007

    I love my Boxer to death and he is a sweety with me, but he is protective of my house. He came from a bad situation though and I haven't had a chance to get him completly worked out, but he improves everyday that he is with me. He has bit before (my dad, oops) but not very viciously. I think he just isn't sure yet what people are ok and which are not. But the boxer I had before him who also came from a shelter, but was really old, was the sweetest dog in the world that would never hurt a fly. I agree with the licking/ drowning with slobber comment though... it's what they do.

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    Thu Jun 28 2007

    A little overbred for my taste. Most of the ones I've seen are too jumpy.

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    Mon Jun 18 2007

    I have never seen or heard of a mean boxer.

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    Sun Jun 10 2007

    A Boxer is one of the most loyal, loving and playful companion that any human can ask for. Not only are they excellent with kids they are a very protective guard dog against any unwanted intruder. (At least mine are)

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    Wed May 09 2007

    I have a boxer who just turned a year and a half, he is the sweetest dog I have ever been around. My friends call him a momma's boy because he just wants to snuggle up with me and play all the time. He along with the MANY boxers that go to the dog park and other boxers that my friends have are very social with other dogs and with people. I have yet to meet an aggresive boxer or even hear of one.

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    Sat Mar 24 2007

    I have seen many aggressive female boxers.. but it is a result of TRAINING and stupid owners who don't train their big powerful dogs..

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    Fri Mar 23 2007

    i have never in my life heard anything so stupid as a dangerous boxer i had 9 of them the last once passed away this morning at the ripe old age of 11 they lived in perfect harmony they maybe would lick a person to death or drown u in saliva but bute oh my goodness never

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    Sun Mar 18 2007

    Never met a mean boxer.  But I HAVE met a lot of them with cardiomyopathy.  It's heartbreaking how such a sweet dog can have so many heart problems.   I would never get one myself, not due to any perceived agressiveness, but because of the big possibility that it would die prematurely due to heart issues.

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    Sun Mar 18 2007

    and i had a rottweiler that was scared of the rolled up news paper and chased butterflies...soo how can you really say that "this breed of dog" and "this breed of dog" is all depends on how you raise it

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    Thu Mar 08 2007

    They are hyper as all hell, but dangerous? Riiight...