10 Pros and Cons of Owning a Miniature Boxer

If you’re considering adding a Miniature Boxer to your family, there are plenty of reasons to do so, but there are also some aspects of owning this breed that you should be aware of beforehand.

Here are 10 pros and cons of owning this dog, from the perspective of someone who has owned one before.

1) An indoor miniature boxer makes an excellent apartment dog

With coats that don’t shed, miniature boxers are a great choice for apartment dwellers. These cute dogs grow to about 17-20 pounds but remain an appropriate size for smaller spaces, needing only occasional walks to stay happy and healthy.

Additionally, they tend to have fewer health problems than their larger counterparts. (Exercise is still important, however.)

A mini boxer will need at least 20 minutes of playtime each day, but because they live in apartments and often sleep most of the day if left alone, you should make sure your dog has enough toys to keep them occupied.

10 Pros and Cons of Owning a Miniature Boxer
10 Pros and Cons of Owning a Miniature Boxer

2) They’re incredibly energetic

Another perk to owning a mini? Their boundless energy. On average, they require about one-third more exercise than other breeds, according to AKC breed standards.

That makes them great for people who love running or jogging with their dogs. However, because of their size, you need to be extra careful about keeping tabs on them in public areas—chasing smaller animals around can put your dog at risk for injury and infection from parasites.

Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercises when you are home and that they get plenty of rest while you’re away!

3) It’s easy to give them a walk

One of my favorite things about miniature boxers is how easy it is to walk them. Our dog loves to play outside, but I also want to be able to go on quick errands without worrying too much about whether or not he’ll behave himself.

The great thing about miniature boxers is that they are naturally inclined to listen to you. As long as you have strong leadership skills and your dog knows who’s in charge, walking them shouldn’t be an issue at all.

It just depends on training; if you teach your dog from day one that he has to listen, then there’s very little worry!

4) They have great genes

What other breed do you know that comes in every color from white to black, from brindle to red, or with solid brown spots? This wide range of coat colors makes miniature boxers highly prized in some areas.

And it’s not just their appearance; they have a winning combination of trainability, intelligence, courage, and friendliness.

That’s right — miniature boxers are at times referred to as Velcro dogs because they love their people so much!

The only bad thing about miniature boxers is that they need loads of attention and training if you want them to behave well indoors around small children or pets.

They’re very energetic pups who love to play as hard as they snuggle. They are also more challenging than larger dogs when it comes to potty training.

5) Their coats are low maintenance

A Miniature Boxer’s short coat is easy to maintain, requiring an occasional brushing. And if you make sure their coat is trimmed, they won’t shed too much.

As long as they’re properly cared for, they’ll spend minimal time in your grooming chair. It’s also important to mention that many are born with a natural undercoat which adds warmth during colder months!

Their small size makes them easy to handle: If you have limited space, then a miniature boxer will be perfect for you!

They usually weigh between 25-and 50 pounds depending on the individual dog and are relatively small in stature – perfect for apartment living or other smaller homes!

They love kids: These dogs love kids and make great family pets because of it!

6) Minis can be aggressive

As if miniature dogs weren’t already cute enough, their diminutive size means they can squeeze through gaps in fences that would be impossible for bigger breeds.

This can result in mini dogs finding their way onto your neighbor’s property or escaping to an area where you can’t control them.

The worst-case scenario is that they get loose and then run out into traffic. Though not as likely, owners have reported cases of their mini biting other animals, children, or adults as well.

If you own one of these pups, it may be wise to take precautionary measures such as getting a fence that’s too tall for them to jump over or keeping them on a leash while they play outdoors.

7) They shed at the drop of a hat

Keeping up with dog hair can be difficult, especially when you have more than one animal to look after. Smaller breeds tend to shed more, which means you’ll need to brush your dog frequently.

A word of warning: if your furry friend goes outside regularly, make sure to check him for ticks!  If you live in an area where Lyme disease is prevalent (the Northeast and Pacific Northwest), consider bringing your pet inside during tick season.

For those who aren’t able to keep their furry friends inside all day long, there are some great solutions for Fido’s coat including brushing it out daily or even shaving it off completely!

8) You need dog training experience or previous dog ownership experience

The only way to get good at training your dog is to train your dog. This means dedicating time to teaching them tricks, commands, how to follow your lead on walks, and so on.

Whether you’re interested in formal training or doing it yourself, if you don’t own a dog (or have never owned one before) now isn’t a great time to start down that path.

You need some knowledge about behavior training before you start teaching your dog how to jump over hurdles or other advanced moves.

If you want to own dogs in the future but don’t have experience with any pets yet, consider volunteering at an animal shelter or working as a dog walker.

9) Grooming is expensive

Miniature boxers are fairly maintenance-heavy as far as dogs go. They have a relatively short, shiny coat that doesn’t shed much—but they still need frequent brushing to keep their hair from tangling into dreadlocks, especially in warm weather.

Their nails grow quickly and should be trimmed often; if you don’t want to shell out for regular visits to your vet or dog groomer, you can either learn how to do it yourself or invest in an electric nail grinder.

Finally, miniature boxers require regular baths (more frequently than most other breeds) because they can easily get dirty; if you have time for all that upkeep every week, though, rest assured: Your miniature boxer will reward you with plenty of joy!

10) Should you buy purebred or mixed breed?

10 Pros and Cons of Owning a Miniature Boxer
10 Pros and Cons of Owning a Miniature Boxer

A great thing about owning a mixed breed dog is that you can find them in almost any size, shape, color, or coat type.

This makes it easier to find one that matches your aesthetic preferences without having to resort to paying for genetic diversity with purebred dogs.

Plus, mixed breeds are usually significantly less expensive than their purebred counterparts which is why so many people prefer them!

However, if you’re looking for an animal whose temperament matches your lifestyle exactly—like if you want a hunting dog who won’t run off—purebreds may be what you’re looking for.

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