The Boxer is a silly, playful, and energetic dog who wants nothing more than to interact with his human family. The Boxer loves traditional games such as Go Fetch and Catch. He loves to run alongside you while you jog around the neighborhood, and, of course, he will enjoy curling up on the couch beside you when it's time to rest. One must remember, when planning activities for your pup, that the Boxer is a brachycephalic dog. Short bursts of play coupled with equal periods of rest will give your Boxer great exercise without causing them to become short of breath. (When a brachycephalic dog - one whose snout is shorter than normal - gets overexerted or too hot, his airways in effect swell, making it difficult for them to take in oxygen.) The optimum activity times for a dog such as the Boxer are early morning and late afternoon.
The Boxer is a great companion animal. He loves cuddling on the couch (and his large size often makes it difficult to share space!). He is always ready to jump up and join you for a fun game, a jog around the neighborhood, or for playtime outdoors. Don't forget that he will need to exercise at certain times of the day, and that he will need access to water during exercise. Playing games such as Flyball and Frisbee are not only great exercise, but these activities keep your Boxer mentally sharp as well!
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