The most popular breed of dog in the world is the Pit Bull Terrier. These dogs are known for their size, strength, aggression and loyalty. They have been used since ancient times to protect villages from marauding enemies. Their popularity increased after they were adopted into military units during World War II. Today, they are considered one of the best fighting breeds.
Boxer puppies are among the cheapest puppy breeds to buy as puppies. However, it is not just the price that makes them affordable; these dogs have many good qualities which make them suitable for families. Most importantly, they do not require expensive vaccinations or medical treatment when they grow up. They need only regular checkups and obedience training.
There are different types of Boxers: American Pit Bull Terriers (APBT), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (SBS) and American Bulldogs (AB). Each type has its own characteristics, but all of them share certain traits such as being large, strong, loyal and intelligent. There are several reasons why people choose to adopt a particular type of dog.
The most common reason for getting a Pit Bull type is that they have been used as guard dogs for centuries. They are courageous, brave and loyal to their masters. This means that even if a burglar enters your house, these dogs will take a bite out of him before he can escape. The aggression and strength of a Pit Bull can also come in handy when you need to control an angry dog or rescue a small child from an attack.
The most common reason for getting a Boxer is that it is an excellent family dog. It is gentle with children and affectionate with all members of the family. Even though it has a reputation for aggressiveness, it rarely uses its strength against people unless provoked severely. It is a playful, joyful dog that thrives on human companionship.
The American Bulldog is known for its loyalty to one master and intolerance to anyone else. This dog attacks anyone who comes near its master or owner. Since these dogs have muscular bodies and strong jaws, they can do a lot of damage when they attack. They are, however, not very good with children and can unintentionally harm them if they jump on them or sit on them accidentally.
How much do Boxer puppies cost?
Puppies of this breed are available for sale by breeders at prices varying from $200 to $800. On an average, a good Boxer can be bought for about $600. However, this is just the beginning of your expenses if you want to raise and train it properly.
There are several ongoing expenses that you must pay for if you want to raise a Boxer. First of all, you need to have a big house with a yard. These dogs need plenty of space to run around and play, otherwise they will get bored and restless. Without proper exercise, they are likely to develop behavioral problems, which can be expensive to treat.
Secondly, as we mentioned before, these dogs must be trained early on. There are several training centers that offer to train your dog for a fee that can go as high as $1000. There are also the ongoing expenses of food, checkups, vaccinations, etc. These can add up to $600 or more per year.
Thirdly, you will need to pay for damages done by your dog if any. Insurance for Pit Bull types is not common, which means you will have to pay for any damage done by your dog out of your own pocket.
Keeping and caring for a Boxer can turn out to be quite expensive. If you are looking to get one just because it’s a cool dog, go and buy a stuffed toy instead – you will save a lot more money. However, if you are looking to get one because you feel a strong emotional attachment towards it and are willing to take responsibility for it, then by all means go ahead and buy one!
What are the extra costs?
As we mentioned before, the upkeep costs of a Boxer can go up to $600 or more per year. This may not be an issue for some, but others may find this too expensive. If you fall in the latter category, you will have to adjust your lifestyle slightly in order to accommodate the maintenance costs of this breed.
There are several ways in which you can do this. One of them is to get a part-time job that will supplement your income so that you have more money to spend on your pet.
Another thing you can do is to reduce your costs by looking for cheaper alternatives. For example, instead of taking your dog to a professional trainer, you can enroll it in an obedience course that is run by the local kennel club or any other reputable organization.
Finally, if you are really serious about saving money on your pet, you might have to consider the age old technique of giving your pet up for adoption.
Remember though that no matter what, if you get a pet you will have to pay extra money on it as opposed to not having one. Having a pet is not free!
Before you decide on whether or not you can afford a Boxer, make sure you add together all the costs that having this breed entails. Then look at your finances and see if you can comfortably afford to maintain such a pet.
If after all this you realize that you cannot afford to keep a Boxer, then you should probably look into a cheaper pet that doesn’t require as much upkeep. If however, you realize that you can easily afford to own this breed and are still determined to get one, then by all means go and get it!
Boxer puppy care
It is common knowledge that puppies are cute. Everyone loves them and everyone wants to have one – regardless of whether they can afford to or not! When you see that tiny furball curled up in its eggshell, you just want to reach out and cuddle it!
However, adorable they may be, puppies require a lot of work and responsibility. They also produce a lot of waste – both physical and behavioral!
If you are fine with taking on such responsibilities, then you should definitely go and get yourself a Boxer puppy. However, if you are still on the fence, then here are some things for you to think about:
To get or not to get a Boxer – that is the question!
Do you really want a Boxer? Are you getting one just because it’s cute and everyone else has one?
While we are all for being popular, Boxers are a serious commitment and not just financially. If you are unwilling to take on such a responsibility, then you should get another breed or better yet – get yourself a toy ball that you can play with instead!
But if you really want a Boxer, then by all means go ahead and get one. They are wonderful pets that will surely bring you a lot of happiness!
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