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HISTORY The Boxer is a favorite choice in police and military working roles because of its high energy and sharp intellect. They excel at protection and scent work and have even been known to make spectacular service dogs. Descended from the ferocious Bullenbeisser of German nobility, bred to hunt large game and excel in blood sports like bull baiting, the modern Boxer is equal parts fierce guardian and lovable goofball. They actually share very little with their ancestors other than a deep devotion to their family and willingness to defend and protect, which makes them suitable for family companions today. OTHER CHILDREN So how does their seemingly split temperament affect how they handle other children? Well, 99% of the time, Boxers are affectionate and playful canines and their guarding instincts only come out when there is a genuine threat to their family. A well-socailized Boxer may still be watchful of a new child for a short time, but their loving and curious nature soon takes over and they are ready to play. Keep an eye on them with children running around. They are a high energy dog and can be quick to see roughhousing with friends as a threat to their children or get involved in the roughhousing themselves.  It’s also worth noting that Boxers use their front paws much like a person would and will reach out with them in ways other dogs don’t which can lead to scratching or knocking down a child. This can sadly lead to a bad situation for a breed already known for its guarding and protection instincts so make sure you’re always supervising when other children are over and that your Boxer is extremely well socialized even if you don’t plan on having other children around often. OTHER PETS/SMALL ANIMALS The Boxers ancestor, the now extinct Bullenbeisser, was a champion in bloodsports and also a capable large game hunter. The Boxer we know today is quite mellow and small by comparison but still has the remnants of that prey drive. They tend to chase cats and other small pets in the home, especially when they are young, but when raised with them they are accepting and playful.  Like with children, the swiping paws and high energy level will be the things you need to watch for when they are interacting with small animals. So while they readily accept small animals in the home, lots of exercise is going to be key in keeping the peace in your house throughout their life.   Boxers seem to do best with small animals, like small dogs and cats, when they are introduced early in the Boxers life and are willing to stand up for themselves. Smaller animals like birds and ferrets don’t have this luxury and it comes down to the individual Boxer and their socialization.   WRAP UP The Boxer is a fantastic guardian and playmate that generally does well with other children and small animals in the home. It’s always important to socialize any dog, but doubly so with a protective breed like this. With a calm, consistent canine leader and plenty of socialization, the Boxer can be a great addition to even the most chaotic of homes.

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