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Old 31st July 2003, 01:41 PM
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Do they ever calm down

Hello. I have two boxers - Izzy is two years old and Sophia is 8 months. My question is how old were your boxers before they settled down? Izzy seems to be calming down but I think it might just appear that way since Sophia is a raging maniac most of the time. I was walking them in the park one day and a guy walking past said his daughter had a boxer who was a few years older. He asked how old mine were. I asked when his daughters dog settled down and he said he hasnt yet. I love that they are so energenic but I was wondering when some others settled down
Izzy - fawn female born 5/17/01
Sophia - brindle female born 11/27/02
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Old 31st July 2003, 01:44 PM
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Samantha started calming down when she was two, and was calm at 3! By calm, I mean she didn't do as much chewing, etc. She still does the boxer burn, etc., but not the destructive stuff.

Izzy is probably closer to being calm than Sophia!


Old 31st July 2003, 01:44 PM
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I have two also, but they are only 6 months and 11 weeks, so mine are no where near calming down yet, but I have heard on this site, and in Boxer books that around 3 years they start to calm a little...I dont know how much they calm down, but they stay a puppy a long time!
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Old 31st July 2003, 01:47 PM
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If you mean that crazy puppy stuff... sammy quit that when he was about 2 years old... but still has TONS of energy!
He is almost 8 years old and is starting to slow down a bit more... not as many boxer burns and that kind of thing. But still loves to romp and play ball in the back yard.
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Old 31st July 2003, 05:38 PM
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Hmmmmm, Titus is 7 and shows no signs of slowing down!
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Old 31st July 2003, 05:44 PM
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I swear I have a different breed! Simon is eight months old and the laziest thing I've ever seen. I show him his leash and he runs and lays down on his bed. He has never been awake more than four hours in a row, and even then, he spends most of that time laying on my feet.

But, get him at the park, and he's a nut.

That's just what I wanted in a dog!

Old 31st July 2003, 05:56 PM
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Mason too is a total nut at the park - flying around like a crazy dog! He gets to go for three runs a day - at least an hour each time, and he usually has his buddies to chase around with, so get him home and he's usually pretty calm - except for the occasional demand of a game of ball!

I've noticed that now he's out of the crate full time, he's sleeping even more - I think because he doesn't sleep as much when I'm gone - prefering to roam around the house and explore!

Thankfully too, at 17 months old, he's started to appreciate the fine art of sleeping in and cuddling in the mornings!

All in all, he's perfect!

Old 31st July 2003, 07:06 PM
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We got Sullivan at 4 months. He was quite a bit more energetic than I remembered puppies being but it had been a long time since we'd had any kind of pup and we'd never had a boxer before. By 12 months I was looking for some kind of "maturity" but wasn't seeing even a hint. At two he started showing signs that he might some day grow up. By three I could walk him on a leash without having these sudden leaps into the air, spin around at the top of the arc and land on the other side of me, looking up with a thoroughly satisfied tongue-lolling grin. I kinda missed it (NOT). By five he had "dignity" which he was more than willing to toss aside if the spirit moved him. At 8 (almost 8 1/2) he's clearly an old fellow but he can still grin like the devil's inside him, just waiting for me to toss him a biscuit.

Old 31st July 2003, 07:11 PM
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Boo is about 14mos old. I don't know that she is "calm" but she is better able to focus on you. Her ADD attitude if fading. She now will listen before reacting (most of the time). I don't mind the energy--that's why I got a Boxer, but I want her to be safe and sane. She is just starting to become mentally mature.

So hang in there
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Old 31st July 2003, 08:01 PM
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At a year and a half to two years, they will usually calm down somewhat. If there are youngsters to play with, they have the energy to keep up and will always act like puppies when they play.

In a home without so much activity they will tend to adapt and settle down. They still need plenty of exercise, and they will always be ready for a good knock down drag out.

While they may settle down in a quieter environment, it's where there is plenty of activity and stimulation that they thrive.


Old 1st August 2003, 11:30 AM
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Sergeant will be 9 years in October, and apart from having arthritis in his right knee and left hip, he races around the back garden like a two year old!
Also, when we have visitors, he acts like a clown, fooling around, kidney beaning, talking louder than us and generally being silly.
I don't think they ever really stop being a young dog inside.
The only way he has settled down is indoors. He isn't in to everything like he was years ago. He will just lay down and have a nap more often, (I think he is re-charging his batteries).
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Old 1st August 2003, 01:47 PM
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Xena is 2 1/2 and she is a wonderful little lady. She is trustworthy and sweet...she doesn't need to be crated at all anymore. I'm not exactly sure when she settled down - she just gradually evolved into her wonderful self.

Titus is 8 months and still psycho...he is very loving but also very exuberant.

We also have 1 year old Oz staying with us - he's as crazy as Titus.

So I'd guess it's around 18 months - 2 1/2 years old on average!
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