I Love my Boxer!
Yup, I own a Boxer, or a Boxer owns me. Her name is Leah and she's a brindle American Boxer. I've always had a dog in my life, from poodles when I was a child, to rescue dogs with unknown pedigrees. So you could say I'm a dog lover, and I have all kinds of dog toys laying around my house.
Leah is the first purebred dog I've ever purchased, something I though I'd never do. But when I met her as a six week old puppy I fell in love. Boxers are know for their loving temperament and fun personalities. From almost day one she walked on a leash, doesn't jump on people and rarely barks.
Since Leah is not a show dog, we decided not to clip her ears. So her ears hang low, unless she's excited then they perk up.
Fun Boxer Gifts for the Dog Lover - Unique and Fun Dog Gifts
Since all my kids are grown and out of the house, my dogs have become my kids. I bake cookies (treats) for my dogs, they have their own toy basket, and even a dresser of clothes. No, they don't wear them all the time, in fact very seldom, but I just can't resist. I don't have grandchildren to buy for, yet.
Did you Know?
Boxers originated in Germany to hunt bison, stag and wild boar and were one of the first dog breeds to be selected for police training. Now Boxers are beloved pets who are affectionate, friendly, and playful clowns.
According to the American Kennel Club Boxers are the 7th most popular breed in 2012, love to be with people, are natural guardians and watch dogs. Because of their personalities they served as couriers during wartime.
Boxers have two approved colors, fawn and brindle. I'm partial to brindle myself and my Leah is a brindle.
Boxer Calendar - Favorite Dog Breed Calendar
In my house we have three calendars in various rooms. My husband gets a hunting deer calendar, I get my dog calendar and I can pretty much guarantee one of my kids will give us a calendar for Christmas. They really do make perfect gifts. Everyone needs a calendar, so why not get one tailored for your interests.
Dog calendars make perfect gifts for dog lovers, if a friend or family member loves dogs, and have a Boxer pick up a Boxer calendar, it is sure to be a hit.
All About Boxer Care and Training - Books about Boxer Dogs
Before adding a Boxer as a member of your family it's a good idea to read up on the breed to know what to expect, know health problems and how to best care and train your Boxer.
So, what did I learn? Boxers are prone to farting. Got it. Check out how to feed Leah to prevent smelly gas. Boxers snore. Ok, I can handle that, my husband snores, can't be louder than him. Boxers like to bounce. I also have a rescue Jack Russell, no one bounces more than Brody. Boxers are also prone to eye and lip problems, ok I'll keep make sure to train Leah to let me examine her mouth, teeth, and lips.
My Boxer as a Puppy - Who can resist a Boxer puppy?
I never thought I would buy a puppy from a breeder, all my previous dogs had come from shelters, rescues, and were mutts we found throughout the course of life. But when I saw these Boxer puppies I just fell in love. I picked this little female up and she nuzzled my neck and snuffled in my ear and I was hooked.
This is the phone photo I sent to my husband to convince him we needed this puppy. I already had a Jack Russell, and we had just moved to a new house with a big fenced yard, and only been married for a few months. My hubby couldn't say no. As it turned out we didn't get a puppy for us, we got a puppy for our other dog. The two are best of friends. Ok, well it's a love hate, jealousy relationship. Each one wants what the other has, and they really are inseparable.
Home Decorations for People with Boxers - A house is not a home without a dog...
Or in my case a house is not a home without a Boxer. I think we will always have Boxers in our house now. She is such a character and just wiggles and is so glad to see us when we get home.
Boxers Love to Play - Dogs Don't Need Toys, But They Love Them
My Boxer Leah loves to play, run, and bounce. She love to play fetch, tug of war and carries around her stuffed dog toys like babies. She didn't chew on shoes when she was a puppy, but now that she's a year and a half old and into her teenage years we don't dare leave our shoes on the living room floor.
She is very active and intelligent and requires mental stimulation to exercise her brain and keep her from getting bored. Her companion, a Jack Russell named Brody is getting older and he doesn't like to play all the time.
I love buying dog toys, especially for Leah. Brody chews everything up and there isn't an undestructible squeaker toy he can't destroy in less than 15 minutes. Since I can't keep the toys away from Brody I have to find toys both will love.
Best Dog Toys on the Planet - My favorite Dog Toys
As I said, my Jack Russell chews up everything, if it's a squeaky dog toy it WILL be destroyed. Stuffed animals the same way. But, Brody has learned that if I give a plush toy to Leah it's hers, and he doesn't mess with it, he respects her toys. So Leah can have plush toys and she loves them, carries them around everywhere.
When she's excited, anxious, or nervous she gets one of her "babies" and carries it around the house.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of dog toys in the pet market. What is good for the Great Dane is not appropriate for the Pug and vice versa. Pet stores recognize some dogs are aggressive chewers,some want to play fetch all day, and some are perfectly content to cuddle with squeaky plush toys.
In another life I worked in the pet industry and I attended several pet trade shows in the United States in Europe. The choices are overwhelming. There is everything from organic hemp toys to interactive intelligent smart toys designed to keep your dog from getting bored and having anxiety separation. I think this is what I need for Leah. She's just too smart to be left alone in the house.
Photos of my Boxer - Leah, my Brindle Boxer
Unique Boxer Gifts - Find unique dog gifts on eBay
I find the most unique dog and pet gifts on eBay. Seriously, vintage Boxer figurines from the 1950s, dog salt and pepper sets, dog Halloween costumes and every kind of Boxer themed Christmas ornament you can find.
If you collect Boxer items you can find just about every Boxer collectible on eBay, at a good price too.
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Dawn Romine (author) from Nebraska on July 01, 2014:
@TerriCarr: My Leah isn't a big drooler, but occasionally she does slobber. They are very smart dogs and I love how regal they look and gentle.
TerriCarr on June 30, 2014:
I don't have a dog. But my sister has 2 boxers and insists they are the BEST breed of dog to have. I am not sure why...cuz although her dogs are cute, the larger one drools, or actually, slobbers on your clothes. I have trouble with that :-)
shoputopian on February 13, 2014:
I am a dog lover in the past we had two that were Shiba Inu, much smaller than the two we have now that are Presa Canarios. We always try to have a dog in our family sometimes it takes a little longer to decide after they pass on and we're still uncertain whether we'll have anymore after our beloved ones we have now leave it's always such a heartbreak each and every time. Loved your dogs especially that puppy picture ah so cute.
BoxerMom3 on January 29, 2014:
I have 3 boxers. They rule the roost but I wouldn't have it any other way. The oldest is 7 and she is the Queen - has her own chair (throne). The second weighing in at 100 lbs is a lap dog and a bed hog. The third is an alpha dog wanna be and we call her the 'nut job.' I had boxers when I was a kid and think they are the most loving and intelligent dog.
Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on January 21, 2014:
beautiful dog! They're such a nice dog, Boxers - for the first time in our lives we have a dog - 'a shih tzu' - we adopted at the age of 9 from an elderly family member (being a 'cat person', having a dog is very much like having a child!) - we love her, she's queen of the house though (really she's like a big cat!)