Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted June 26, 2014
My family took over ownership of a male boxer when a local breeder retired. We changed his name to Mr. Tibbs (after the character in 101 Dalmations), and he was great. In a family with two growing children he was very well behaved, although not always interested in being their playthings. To his credit, if he was ever bothered he would get up and wander somewhere else, never snapped at the kids or hurt them (even unintentionally).
Mr. Tibbs was a big dog and very strong and we were very careful about training him, again to ensure everybody's security, he was more stubborn than some of our other animals, but learned in the end. His deep bark was startling to strangers and passing animals, though never agressive and certainly never attacked anything.
Again, to harp on space and exercise, Mr. Tibbs did occassionally puncture soccer balls when he got his paws on them and we could always live with that. He was a large, loveable oaf of a dog. Unfortunately, he was hit by a car and we didn't get more time with him. I'd say boxers are great pets and if you are looking at one for a family situation then obedience training is a must because the sheer stature of the animal will make some people nervous who don't know better.