Are boxers family-friendly dogs?

My husband wants a boxer I think they are beautiful dogs but the ones I've been around didn't mind very well and were hyper. I want a calm dog and worry about any dogs around my kids. If you know about boxers any info would be helpful thanks

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CarrienKansas

Asked by CarrienKansas at 10:35 AM on Jan. 13, 2009 in Pets

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  • Although the Boxer is a loyal and intelligent family companion, his somewhat stubborn and self-confident character and high prey drives require careful consideration. He must be obedience-trained to control his exuberance and guide his mettle into acceptable channels. He is, after all, a big, strong dog.


    http://www.canismajor.com/dog/boxer.html


    The site goes on to say that they shouldn't be very hyper...but all the ones I've seen have been.

    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 10:41 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • We just got one... New Years eve.... An yes they are hyper... We have a 5yr old and a 1yr old boys... An they cant keep up... The puppie is only 8weeks old.. An i have already pottie trained him... I read that they are like #2 dog to get with kids... He doesnt shed much eather, cause i have bubble kids and they dont need anymore help getting sick.. LOL We got a boy, an dont get me wrong they are alot of work... It like having a fourth kid (my hubby included).... They cry, bark, howl, bite ALOT.. But he is only 8w.... Good luck mama... To tell ya something, I dont think we could live without him now...
    HottMamaRossx2

    Answer by HottMamaRossx2 at 10:43 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • i have had some friends with boxers and have used to house sit boxers. they are a bit hyper, but i have never met an unfriendly boxer. my sister has two boxers that live across the street from her and while they look mean and bark, they are nice. my friends who have the boxers, one has ALWAYS had boxers and her dogs have been wonderful. again, will bark when people come over, but that is about all. also she has/had small kids, but they did pretty well. the ones i housesat, i learned the lesson that boxers if not crate trained, have a tendency to have seperation anxiety and leave presents, both kinds, all over the house. (it was so much fun coming home from work, as i had to go on a hunt to find them all.. but not ALL boxers do this)
    ArmyWifeMomof3

    Answer by ArmyWifeMomof3 at 10:51 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • i know a lot of people warn about having larger dogs with small kids. but we just learned to get rid of the coffee tables and odds and ends furniture you don't need. you have to make sure they get out for exercise (walking, not just playing fetch in the back yard). obedience training is very helpful and important. socializing any dog is important too... good luck. i would suggest googling the breeds you are interested to find out more. or go to the AKC or the CKC to find out more too!
    ArmyWifeMomof3

    Answer by ArmyWifeMomof3 at 10:51 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • My husband had one for the longest time. He was great around kids. He was very protective. He was the best dog ever! We actually want to get two of them.
    MizAnn

    Answer by MizAnn at 10:57 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • Check out : http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/boxer.htm


    (Quoted from the site mentioned above) - "The Boxer is happy, high-spirited, playful, curiousand energetic. Highly intelligent and quick to learn. The Boxer is good for competitive obedience. Constantly on the move, they bond well with the family. Loyal and affectionate, they are known for the way they get along so well with children. "

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:40 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • My mom used to breed Boxers and I grew up with them. They are very smart and easy to train, they are eager to learn! Boxers are great with children. They can be hyper if they are not trained properly. They don't need any "special" training, basic dog training (sit, stay, laydown . . .) is all they normally need.
    Boxers aren't just hyper dogs. They are wonderful family pets!
    bookay

    Answer by bookay at 11:43 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • they are hyper but they are very good dogs i breed them so i am around them 24 seven and they dont need any special training. the best way to go about it if your wanting to get one is to get it when it is a puppy so u can train it the way you want it. they are very protective of children.. my family has been breeding these dogs for over 25 years. they are exellent family dogs and excellent choice for a child to grow up with.. its all on how u raise the dog... but i think it would be a great idea for u to get one for your child... if you have any questions about them please feel free to ask me.
    Kristin0414

    Answer by Kristin0414 at 12:45 PM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • Boxers are GREAT with kids. They can be hyper during the first couple years and they are definitely playful. Just make sure they get some exercise. They are also very trainable and eager to please. We have only ever had boxers because we think theyre so great we would never get a different breed!
    IsaiahsMommy515

    Answer by IsaiahsMommy515 at 1:34 PM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • I have had Boxers for about 11 years now and they are wonderful. I will always have a Boxer or two, but they are not for everyone. They are intelligent and very trainable and they do have a lot of energy that needs to be expelled every day or they will get into trouble. They are as a rule great with children, very playful, loving, and loyal....but very silly and clumsy as puppies and they can unintentionally knock over or hurt a small child, so there needs to be firm and fair training from day one and constant supervision with children. Message me if you need any more info.
    KTMOM

    Answer by KTMOM at 2:23 PM on Jan. 13, 2009

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