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    I wasn't sure whether to put this here or in the breed specific section...

    Anyway I am absolutely in love with boxers and would love to get one for my next dog. But I just want to find out more about their exercise requirements. They obviously need quite a bit of exercise but I'm just wondering if anyone here has had experience with the breed. ie if you own one how much daily exercise/stimulation do you give yours?? I read on one website a long walk or a run would do, but what constitutes a long walk or run?

    Any info is greatly appreciated

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    Majority of the Boxer's we get in at the vet, are incredibly patient, smoochy, sooky dogs. Exercise wise, they do need a fair amount of energy. They love off lead plays with other dogs too. I would say a half an hour walk a day if they're outside while your away. If there inside, I would say an hour. Most of the time, the Boxer's are in for things like hip dysplasia, teeth extracts and disease and tumors. Hope that helps!
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    Thanks for that. Well I can handle an hour, no probs!!
    Still have to do more research but probably not much point as it will be a while before I can get another dog.

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    The guys that have boxers that go to my local oval - one walks hers for an hour at that oval - it gets to run around like a nutter and wrestle with several other dogs including another boxer and then they go to another oval and walks for another hour. The exercise requirement is more like 2 hours a day ie an hour in the morning and another in the evening. If you can only handle 1 hour a day - an aussie bulldog might be a better bet.

    The other boxer - gets the hour in the morning at my favourite oval (now that the footballers have gone), and another walking on lead about 5km ie an hour in the evening.

    I've seen some other boxers that get less exercise and they are very obnoxious dogs that are no fun to be around.

    Not sure why you have fallen in love with boxers - what is it that you like? have you spent much time with any? Could you possibly borrow one for a weekend and see how you go? And can you do 2 hours of exercise a day? Also - they are very good jumpers and diggers and you will need a high fence to keep them in.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 09-22-2009 at 08:19 PM. Reason: edit add bit about jumping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    The guys that have boxers that go to my local oval - one walks hers for an hour at that oval - it gets to run around like a nutter and wrestle with several other dogs including another boxer and then they go to another oval and walks for another hour. The exercise requirement is more like 2 hours a day ie an hour in the morning and another in the evening. If you can only handle 1 hour a day - an aussie bulldog might be a better bet.

    The other boxer - gets the hour in the morning at my favourite oval (now that the footballers have gone), and another walking on lead about 5km ie an hour in the evening.

    I've seen some other boxers that get less exercise and they are very obnoxious dogs that are no fun to be around.

    Not sure why you have fallen in love with boxers - what is it that you like? have you spent much time with any? Could you possibly borrow one for a weekend and see how you go? And can you do 2 hours of exercise a day? Also - they are very good jumpers and diggers and you will need a high fence to keep them in.
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    At least you got to read my post Loren before it was eaten by the cyberspace monster.

    Hyacinth must have met some very different Boxers to the ones I have known.

    I met my first Boxer back in the 1950's when I was 5 years old. Ricky his name was and he lived next door. Magic dog. I've got to know many more since and I can't recall any who were fence jumpers (standard 2 metre fence) or diggers.

    Boxers are lovable, bouncy, friendly clowns. Apart from the health concerns I mention earlier they are high on my personal list of favourite breeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerhound View Post
    At least you got to read my post Loren before it was eaten by the cyberspace monster.
    Isn't that annoying!! *where have the posts gone? strange*


    As I said, I will have to look into it further when I am able to get another dog - right now that just isn't possible.

    No I haven't had any first hand experience with them. From what I have read about them they seem to have a lovely temperament and are the type of dog I would love.

    edit to add - what I like about them -> they are a large dog, good with kids (yes I know, must be careful because of their boistrousness), fun-loving, loyal, minimal grooming required, good watch dog, and I think they are soooo beautiful!
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    Hi Loren

    I agree with what you write about what's to like. I would add it helps if the kids stand taller than the boxer otherwise some boxers are not above stand over tactics. A 2m fence should be enough, though I'd cap the top and bottom of it (if it's corrugated iron) just in case so the dog can't hurt itself on it.

    The ones that I know are a bit slobbery when they've been running for a while, and I don't like that. One likes to pick on small dogs on lead though she's never hurt one, it does freak out the small dog owners. And there is one that lives around the corner from me whose yard I would never enter without supervision by her owner. Her owner doesn't let her run free on ovals because she likes to pick on other dogs. We did allow our dogs to meet - both on lead but she growled a lot even though my dog was upside down so it wasn't great. This may be a matter of getting a boxer puppy lots of good doggy socialization when it is smaller. I think maybe this one didn't get that. She is good with the kids that live with her though, and they are quite little (shorter than her).

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    Oh yes, whatever dog I get I will make sure they are socialised very well.

    And the fence thing - I will definitely make sure it's safe because my friend lost one of her dogs due to being impaled on a fence. He often used to jump a small fence separating the back yard but one day didn't quite make it .... poor Gero. I will never forget that!

    *Sorry, don't mean to sound like i think i know it all*

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