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    Default Boxers & Children

    Hi everyone,

    Until recently i have been very eager to get a little siberian husky to add to the family. However due to the amount they shed and my partner's hayfever, it looks like this fantastic breed will have to go to another loving owner.

    Her parents have in the past owned a boxer & she has had no problems in the past with this breed. I have loved this breed since two were impounded at Council.

    Has anyone on here owned/own one with kids & how are they with kids (obviously like all breeds supervision is a must)?

    What is the general temprament like & excersize requirements?

    Cheers,
    Boyd

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    Love Boxers.

    They are very high energy though, but no more so then a Husky would have been. They are real clowns and have a similar boisterousness to them that Labradors do. Happy, loving, owner orientated.

    Like most dogs if you put in the socialisation and effort then a Boxer can be a fantastic family dog, if you don't put in the effort then they are a nightmare.

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    Ditto to above. Boxer are lovely dogs, not quick to mature so are a handful but given good training and plenty of exercise they are calmer. They are known as the clowns of the dog world.

    I live next door to two siberian husky's, lovely family dogs, but they have endless energy and require a lot of exercise to live happy lives, they can walk for miles. Next doors are serial excape artists and if you look on rescue sites it is common within the breed.

    I own Whippets, wonderful family dogs, great with kids, quicker to mature than a boxer, much lower exercise levels and have a similar coat. Since having a family I've gone from having highly intelligent highly active working dogs to sighthounds and they have fit in with our busy homelife well.

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    I know a few families with boxers & they are excellent around the kids but they have also had ALOT of training. Even with the training & exercise they can be a bit hyperactive.
    They are a very entertaining breed :P

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    Thats good, the hyperactivity doesn't really bother me as i was prepared for the energetic needs of the husky. Something that does have me curious is how much they drool.

    Do they drool alot having the jaw that they do?

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    And what they're like off lead? Is it a dog i could take to our motox track and let it off the lead when we are all resting?

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    Boxers are puppies at heart until the end of their life. They have a lot of energy!!

    They are very bouncy, therefore if you don't have adequate fencing, this combined with not enough energy would lead to an escape artist.

    As long as you keep them mentally stimulated and are very strict with your training and teaching manners, you will LOVE the boxer, as they have A LOT OF LOVE TO GIVE!!!!!!!!!!!

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    They do drool but mostly when exercising or around food. Not unmanageable but definitelt something you need to be prepped for.

    Having the dog off lead really comes down to the training you put in. Recall and good off leash control is pretty easy to teach if you know what your doing.
    Best advice I can give you is to make sure you never ever call your dog to you if you are going to do something they find undesirable (ie: leave the park, have a bath, give them tablets) always go and get them for those instances. (Would you continue to go over to someones house for dinner if everytime they invited you they did something to you that you don't like)
    And reward highly when you dog comes when called. Most Boxers are food motivated so always give them yummy treats when they come back to you (even if you didn't actually call them, that is called checking in).

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    A good recall needs to be taught and a good bond built.

    As for the drool. Go to some dog shows and see adult boxer and see what you think.

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    I probably should have worded the drool question a bit better. Are they similar to the mastiffs and how much they drool? is more what i meant

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