Yes there will be a little bit af a diference between male and female. The Boxer in general is a very lovable and loyal dog. You have to remember that a Boxer is a working class breed. So you need to make sure they get enough exercise. If the Boxer is socialized properly, you wont have any problems with them. They absolutly ador children and their families. I went over to a friends house for the first time and they had two Boxers. Once I was welcomed in to the house, both the male and female Boxers brought me a toy so I could play with them. They are wonderful dogs. The Boxer would be a great choice. Question. Have you ever owned a breed like a Boxer before?
You guys should be fine with getting a Boxer. Just be sure that the parents of the pups check out health wise. Boxers do have some health issuse associated with them. But those don't usually show up until their later years. Hope I was some help for you.
Boxers give lots of kisses,need to play, need human attention, are masters of manipulation, are humorous clowns, are a guard dogs, normally love children but can be to boisterous. Cardiomyopathy, hypothyroid,Epilepsy,allergies are some of the ailments that boxers are prone to. Please make sure that if you plan on buying a boxer to get them from a reputable breeder that does all the tests. Research this breed it is worth it to know what you are getting into. There are many breed specific sites for boxers. There is a wealth of information on these sites.
Boxers are high energy dogs and will need lots of exercise. I worked for an emergency vet clinic for a while and every now and then we'ld get a call saying "my dog went through the window". Nine times out of ten, it was a Boxer! Why, I do not know. They are rambunctious!!
My bestest friend has had two--Katie and BuBu. They were both very sweet and loving dogs.
The breed is also prone to bone cancers, and Katie, from above, died at 8 years related to this tumor. So do your homework and find a good breeder. Ask for references from others that have bought pups from them and make sure the breed appropriate health tests have been done.
Good luck and Happy Holidays!
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When I was between 7 and 9 years old my aunt lived with us. She bred and showed Boxers and I remember helping bottle feed the puppies as there were always too many for the mom to feed. They were very smart dogs with a lot of energy. My aunt was in a wheelchair as a result of having polio and this was not a good breed choice for that reason. She was not able to give the dogs the amount of exercise that they needed and she eventually switched to a toy breed. I liked the Boxers but I knew when I had a house full of kids and worked 40 hours a week that I needed a more laid back dog, hince my fondness for the Mastiff and Bullmastiff breeds.
Catching up on some reading here and thought I'd add a comment. My husband has a thing for boxers...'the clowns of the dog world'. He's had four and I'm on the second. They are demanding and you have to be patient as they take longer to mature but anyone who has loved a boxer will tell you it's worth the work. As others have said, they are high spirited. The only behaviour problems we have encountered in boxers is their exuberance in greeting people. Trying to keep them on all fours when company arrives is a challenge. After a few minutes of excitement they do settle down. I found a difference between the male and female but that could be as much personality as sex difference. Our female was more independent and laid back. Our male is more intense and hates being ignored. We got our dogs from the best breeder we could find but health issues can appear even in the best breeding. We always tried to see the parents and asked important questions about the lines and testing. Can't beat the sweet faces of those puppies.