Usually when you think of a dog and a cat an immediate sense of rivalry comes to mind. However, is it necessarily true? Do all dogs have an instant urge to chase down a cat when they see one? Generally speaking, the answer would be yes even for the sweet and loving boxer. Most dogs do enjoy to chase cats around.
When comparing boxers and cats with each other, you will immediately see a huge difference in size. Boxers are a lot larger than cats which can be intimidating for them. Wouldn’t you be afraid of someone with sharp teeth who is larger than you running towards you? So you shouldn’t be surprised if you see a cat running away from your boxer when you take him out for a walk. Chances are the cat isn’t running just from boxer dog but from you as well.
So it’s understandable why cats would run off when they see a boxer dog nearby, but why do dogs chase after them? Well simply put, it’s because the cat is running away and dogs were bred to chase things down. Dogs will chase pretty much anything that is running away from them, and boxer dogs are no different. If a boxer sees a squirrel running away from him he will try to chase it down just as he would try to get the cat.
If you own a boxer yourself then you must have already realized that while playing with your boxer, if you start running your boxer will begin to chase you without you calling for him. So it’s not that boxers dislike cats it’s just that they were originally bred as hunting dogs, just as many dog breeds out there, and are instinctively inclined to chase down other animals that are running away.
If you own a boxer already and plan on getting a cute kitten then things might be a bit tough at first. Unfortunately you can’t really predict how your boxer will react to the new household pet. Your boxer and the cat might hit it off good from the start or they might not like each other at all. The way the boxer dog was raised will have a lot to do with the boxers reaction.
If your boxer dog is still a puppy and the cat is still a kitten then chances of them becoming playmates are really high even without your help. The boxer will just accept the kitten as part of the pack and will get along with the kitten just fine. If your boxer is a puppy and your cat is a full grown adult cat then you might be a little carefully because the cat may get a bit defensive when the boxer puppy runs at him with full speed trying to play.
If your boxer is a full grown adult and you’re not sure how it will react to a new addition to the family then you must slowly introduce them to each other. Have a friend or a family member hold your boxer dog in place while you bring the cat into the room and watch their reactions.
Even if you know for a fact that your boxer dog will not attack the cat it’s still advised that you keep him on a leash because chances are your boxer will dash towards the cat scaring him. A cat that feels threatened will get his trusty claws out and defend itself so be careful.