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The Boxer lives an average 10 - 12 years, however some lines of Boxers have been known to have a shorter life span of 8 - 10 years.
There is no better with gender, but please note that if you have anxiety and depending on how severe it is; a Boxer may not be the best for you. The Boxer breed is a loyal, loving, sweet breed of dog; but they can also be stubborn and show territorial, fear and possessive aggression if not bred and trained right. The Boxer is not for the first time dog owner. But no matter what, you should express to your breeder the anxiety that you have so that they can match you with a calmer pup. Then go with your instincts and choose between the two or more pups the breeder has expressed are calmer.
Either is fine, but if you don't want to have to clean up too much pee, a female would be better. Males tend to mark territory and it may take longer to teach him the right thing to do. Females might have puppies if you aren't careful not to let her loose with a male dog. Depends on which of these you're fine with.
The first thing to know about a Boxer is that they are prone to allergies, so putting your pup on a high quality, grain-free, limited ingredient diet is the best way to go. This way you can monitor any potential allergies and know exactly what the allergy is if there is a reaction in your pup. However, since you are getting a puppy, for the first month at least you should continue the food that he is on while at your breeders. That way your pup is not stressed out because of going to a new home and on top of that, has a food change.
I know some people will not agree with me, I have raised dogs my hole life, I feed my Boxer only fresh food. I make chicken for dinner and Birdie gets chicken for dinner. I know table scraps are taboo and a dirty work in the dog world. But my dogs have been extremely healthy and have always lived past expected life span. My Boston Terrier who lived 17 yrs. never had to go to vet except for normal visits for shots and health check. She was healthy and happy until her last day. WE MISS ZOE GREATLY! My Boxer, Birdie, is now 11yrs old and still plays like a puppy, she has her slow days, but she is very happy and healthy. Now, I do not recommend table food if you are a bad eater. Some foods are really bad for dogs and spices as well. I recommend you research online what makes puppies and dogs sick example NO onions, salt, sugars, chocolate Kind of like what is really not good for us but there are somethings you would be shocked to know will make your dog sick. So if you eat healthy you can share your meals with your buddy (please research). Dog food companies make millions off the dog owner pressuring into thinking they can't eat anything else but dog food and if you look at most dog food products out there you would be scared to feed this to your dog. The proof is in the pudding guys Ive successfully raised 6 dogs that made it past life expectancy as well as the dogs of family members who practice the same. Small example: I purchase a Lg. bag of frozen chicken breast and brown rice. I bake in large dish with chicken stock sometimes adding peas and other recommended veggies, when all is cooked well I smash together and make dog food for a week (depending on the size of your dog) it's actually cheaper then buying all that crap dog food. Good luck to you and if you love your dogs with hole heart, you get so much in return. My boxer is my best friend and talk about smart. Talk to him like he is human and he will act that way. Always remember to be the alpha though so deep commanding voice when you mean it and want him to obey. I get people asking me how I control my dogs all the time. I could walk though Disneyland with my boxer without a leash and she would obey me and never step a foot away from me. However I leash her to protect her from people. People tend to get scared of dogs and do the most strange things when they feel scared and sometimes these things can hurt your loved one..
As long as the dog is introduced correctly to other animals such as cats, then your new fur-baby should do just fine around the cat. Take it slow and start with scent by keeping the cat in a separated room and moving blankets every day from the dogs bed to the cats room and back again so they get used to each others scent. Then after 3 - 5 days depending on how the dog and cat are adjusting; put the dog in a crate and let the cat out in a specific room. Treat for calm watching and calm behavior when seeing the cat. Do this 2 times a day for another 3 - 5 days. After that, have the dog on leash with the cat let out and again do this 2 times a day for 2 - 5 days. When you let the dog and cat be in the same room with no leash or crate; make sure that there are several high up escape routes for your cat so that he/she can get away if the dog becomes too excited. Always supervise the dog and cat interactions for the next several weeks until you are 100% confident that the dog is non-aggressive towards the cat and the cat can get away if the dog becomes too much for him/her.