Since boxers were bred for their stamina and strength, they require a lot of strenuous exercise every day. Even though your boxer doesn’t feel the need to chase down every insect or hunt down wild boars. They still have a deep urge to indulge in the same kind of exercise on a regular basis to stay fit and healthy.
Long walks, brisk runs and a game of ‘Fetch’ or so are all crucial in keeping these dogs physically and mentally sound. However, they should not be exercised too vigorously in the hot weather, since they are susceptible to heatstroke. As long as there is a daily exercise regimen in their routine, they perform well in apartments or condos. These dogs detest sitting idle at home all day.
When they are not physically active, they prefer channelizing their energy in mentally stimulating activities, such as playing with chew toys. In the absence of sufficient mental and physical stimulation, boxers may resort to destructive ways to keep themselves entertained, like barking incessantly or nipping away at wires.
Suitability as a family pet
To summarize the suitability of boxers as family pets in a single line, it would be fair to say that these dogs are NOT meant for every family. If your home is empty for most of the time because everyone in your family is out for work, then these dogs are probably not the perfect choice for you. On the other hand, if you are looking to add a canine companion to a family that enjoys plenty of hiking, walks in the park, as well as other outdoor activities, then the boxer might just be the perfect pet.
Two boxers may differ greatly from each other, despite belonging to the same breed. Thus, boxers raised in a happy household full of kids are relatively more adaptable to a new family, than those that are grown in a starkly different environment.
In general, however, these dogs do get along with children due to their playfulness. Their goofy nature and child-like mannerisms make them perfect as playmates to kids. Sometimes, they can get a tad clumsy and bump into people in the midst of playing, though that is usually always accidental.