Boxer Temperament – Understanding Its Active Watchful Personality

Boxer TemperamentIf this is your first time to own a boxer, you should first get the feel of the Boxer temperament. This breed has a number of traits that you should know in order to understand your dog better.

Its temperament can be a little overwhelming for people who do not live an active lifestyle. One thing about boxers is that they are big dogs that requires a lot of exercise daily

Fast Learners

They are intelligent dogs and will learn most new skills very fast and with a lot of ease. This makes it possible for Boxer Dogs to benefit even from simple training methods.

They learn to respond to commands very fast since they are eager to please their bosses. They are known to respond very well to obedience training which is why they are easily trained as police dogs.

The boxer is a perfect choice for people who love housetraining their dogs. For example they respond perfectly well to crate training.

Courageous, Watchful Boxer Temperament Make a Great Guard Dog

The Boxer breed is also known to possess a natural ability of guarding which is why they are used by correction officers in prisons in some parts of the world. It is a courageous dog, with strong innate drive to protect its owner, which is why it is a perfect guard dog.

Not A Picky Eater

One advantage of owning a boxer is it eats almost everything. This is especially good news for people who are on an already stretched budget. For example, it will eat oatmeal, onions, apples, cereal and most other edibles.

Very athletic

The Boxer dog is extremely athletic, and is perfect companion for people who lead an active lifestyle. They are fun to be with and are best for families that love outdoor activities.

They are full of energy and lively qualities. However, they are sensitive to extreme temperatures so don't not leave them outdoors for more than is necessary.

Enthusiastic and Playful Boxer Temperament

Boxer TemperamentBoxers have an enthusiastic temperament. They are fond of playing around and jumping on people especially when they want to draw attention.

A boxer will never at any one time curl up quietly in one corner of the house. They always want to be the center of attention.

Boxers are also funny, rambunctious, and nosy and when the dog is lonely, they are good at entertaining themselves.

Boxers are also loyal and affectionate and are known to bond perfectly well with other family members. However, when they are around young children they can be daunting.

They should therefore never be left alone with children, unless you have trained them how to behave around young children.

Boxer Aggression

Boxers can show an aggressive temperament. However, this is normally only directed to strangers. To deal with this problem the dog should be taught the value of socialization at an early age. Click here to see How To Handle Aggression.

Train early for best results

Due to its dominant, high energy nature, the dog can prove to be hard to control, demanding, sneaky, boisterous and sometimes stubborn. However, to deal with this, you must be firm and consistent with the Boxer.

It is advisable that you adopt an effective training plan, and start training your Boxer when it is young.

Understanding the above and other characteristics and temperaments will help decide whether the boxer is the right breed for you. The boxer fulfills most of the needs that dog owners look for in a canine friend and they are easy to care for. Boxer dogs make wonderful pets for most people and they will do the same for you.

If you want to learn more about a specific Boxer dog temperament you can follow the tips in our Dog Temperament Test article.

Other Working Dogs

The Boxer dog falls in the dog group known as the Working Group. Dogs in this group are strong, large, and excel at tasks such as rescue, pulling, and guarding  It should come as no surprise to you that they are typically smart, resourceful, fast learners and make great companions. To decide if another breed might be a better fit for you, check out the temperaments of other dogs that fall in the Working Group:

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