Ok, Friends. I’m gonna be honest about something.
I really, REALLY love Boxers.
No, I’m not talking about boys’ underwear (ewwwwww)—I’m talking about the cuddly cute dogs with the most ADORABLE faces you could ever imagine.
I rest my case.
Aside from boxers being so super cute, I also have a special place in my heart for them because there are sooo many that are being rescued and in need of homes.
Here’s what you may not know about Boxers:
They are very bright and intelligent dogs that are also very protective. This is a great quality for families, or single women living along, or even older sisters who need a guard (furry or otherwise) to keep their little brothers from snoop through their stuff. #JustSayin
Yet, while all this sounds great, the potential negative of owning a Boxer is the fact that these dogs are also very energetic and playful—which means they need plenty of time outside to exercise and burn off extra steam. If they don’t have this time for physical activity, Boxers can resort to boredom-associated behaviors like digging, licking, and chewing (your shoes, your furniture, your homework—really, nothing’s off limits here). On top of that, Boxers are very strong-willed. Oh, and those short snouts can make Boxers prone to snoring, which can get suuuper annoying.
According to Barkpost.com, Boxers are also prone to health conditions like allergies and certain cancers, which often leads to high vet bills.
As you can imagine, the unique characteristics of Boxers can lead to frustration on the part of many Boxer owners—who tend to rely on traditional obedience trainings and punishments that just aren’t effective with Boxers, or who grow tired of spending endless hours at the vet’s office.
The result? Barkpost notes that Boxers are the 7th most common breed found in dog shelters.
Let’s all shed a tear in unison.
Now, because of my love of all things Boxer, I decided to stop by Boxer Rescue of LA to donate a bunch of toys, treats, blankets, and food for the dogs on site—and, yes, they were ALL BOXERS!!!
I met a real cutie named Bella that I fell in love with and would have honestly brought home if not for… Well… #Parents
It was still an amazing experience, though, and one that I’ll never forget. Typically, the only fun Boxers get to have is when the owner takes them outside for a walk or to use the bathroom, but I had a chance to really interact with them and learn even more about what makes them so special.
Boxer Rescue of LA was founded by Ursula Sauthier in 1977, and in the last 30-plus years, the organization has made it their mission to place this wonderful breed of dog with owners who truly understand the unique needs of Boxers. BRLA helps 400 Boxers find new homes each year, so I’d say they’re pretty successful in their efforts.
That’s not to say that Boxers aren’t well cared for at BRLA even before they find a permanent home. The staff ensures that all incoming dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and given any needed medical attention. They are also well-fed, well-loved, and given plenty of time to run around and be their outgoing, energetic selves.
You can check out some of the fun I had with Bella here. (Bee-tee-dubs, Bryana Holly, my favorite model of ALL TIME, came to help. I had no idea, hence the crying and hyperventilating that ensued. Skip to the 3:55 mark if that’s not your thing.)
I would TOTALLY encourage you to support some Boxers, or any furry friends in need. There are so many dogs looking for good homes, but even if you can’t adopt one, I know that all of the shelters around the country would be so grateful to receive any donations that would make life just a little easier for our sweet, four-legged friends.