The character of the Boxer is of the utmost importance and requires more careful attention. He has been known since ancient times for his great love and loyalty to his master and his family. He is harmless with his family, but distrustful of strangers, bright and friendly of temperament at play, but brave and determined when aroused. His intelligence and willing docility, modesty and cleanliness make him a family dog and cheerful companion highly desirable. He is the soul of honesty and loyalty, and is never false or dangerous, even in old age.
- 1938 AKC Boxer Standard
Boxers are a breed bright, energetic and playful, and tend to be very good with children. They are active dogs, strong and require adequate exercise to prevent boredom associated behaviors such as chewing, digging, or licking. Boxers have earned a reputation for being soft "Headstrong," which may be related to inappropriate obedience training. Because of their intelligence and working breed characteristics, training based on corrections often has limited usefulness. Boxers, like other animals, usually respond better to positive reinforcement techniques such as clicker training, an approach based on operant conditioning and behaviorism, which gives the dog the ability to think independently and solve problems . Stanley Coren research obedience trainers, summarized in his book The Intelligence of Dogs, ranked Boxers at # 48 to gather intelligence and / Average of obedience. Many who have worked with boxers strongly disagree with the results of the Coren, arguing that an experienced coach who uses reward-based methods-are the boxers have an above-average intelligence and ability to work.
The Boxer by nature is not an aggressive or vicious breed, but if provoked, is a formidable guardian of each family or home and, like all dogs requires socialization. Boxers are generally patient with smaller dogs and puppies, but the difficulties of older adults, particularly dogs of the same sex, can occur. Boxers are generally more comfortable with the company, either human or canine