Boxer puppies are a force of nature that will steal your heart and make over your life, in ways delightful and unexpected.
Raising a Boxer puppy involves everything from feeding and potty training to socializing, obedience, trimming nails, grooming and making decisions about neutering/spaying, parasite control and vaccinations.
There are also some Boxer quirks to watch out for including vocalization (sometimes perceived as growling), “smart” bumps, “flying nun” ears and, of course, the zoomies!
Though Boxer puppies don’t come with a user’s manual, we’ve put together the next-best thing: a guide packed full of Boxer puppy information, to help you navigate life with a budding wigglebutt. Boxer Puppies for sale here
Boxer Puppy Food
The most critical aspect of your new Boxer puppy’s care is his diet.
Here is what you need to know about what to feed a Boxer puppy, and how:
- Avoid kibble and provide your Boxer puppy with a fresh, natural canine diet — this means a raw meaty bone-based diet — here is your guide to feeding a Boxer puppy with detailed instructions
- Always use floor-level dishes, never raised bowls — elevated platforms create an unnatural eating posture and are associated with an increased risk of deadly bloat, a rapidly-progressing condition to which Boxers are already predisposed, on account of their deep chests
- Use a slow feeding bowl to prevent guzzling of food, another risk factor for bloat
- What to feed a Boxer puppy with diarrhea? Nothing. Never keep putting food into the stomach when the body is trying to empty the gut. Puppies can’t be fasted as long as adult dogs, and be sure to keep your pup hydrated, but if he has an upset stomach, digestive rest is the fastest way to get back on track. Try for 8-12 hours, depending on your pup’s age. Dogs over 12 months can be fasted for a full 24 hours or until diarrhea stops
- Avoid tap water as it contains a slew of contaminants
Boxer Puppy Exercise
The main mistake owners make when exercising their Boxer puppies is to go too far, too fast.
To avoid setting your Boxer puppy up for joint problems later in life:
- Err on the side of play sessions on grass rather than walks on concrete sidewalks, the repetitive jarring action can be damaging to developing joints
- Hold off on taking your Boxer puppy jogging, running or on super long walks until after his growth plates have closed, not before 18 months and closer to two years to be safe
- Avoid having your Boxer do acrobatic leaps high in the air. Instead, throw balls and frisbees in such a way that your Boxer jumps long and low to the ground
- No running on cement or other hard surfaces
- Raise your Boxer pup on cushioned surfaces with maximum grip i.e. grass, carpet, rugs. Too much time spent on hard, slippery surfaces e.g. tiles, cement, floorboards can contribute to a developmental deformity called knuckling
Boxer puppies will sleep most of the day when they first come home but the Boxer puppy energy level is high.
You are likely to witness the zoomies — sudden bursts of high-speed burnouts — at least once a day.
Make sure your pup is in a safe environment when this happens.
If you don’t have a backyard, a Boxer will improvise, turning your living room into a racetrack/obstacle course.
Here is a guide to Boxer dog exercise requirements: it’s not just how much exercise, but what kind of activity that counts.