We have a four year old female boxer. She is such a smart loving dog. She cannot be petted enough. The kids play with her like she is a little human. Our little dresses her up. And our son play ball with her.. My husband works from home a lot. And she never leaves his side until the kids are home. And she bring great comfort to me when me and her are home alone. I think she knows I do not like being her alone at night. She guards the door if someone comes up. Her ear up the hair on her back stands on end. A little growl and teeth showing. If hubby was home she would not ever get up. I would say a boxer is the perfect dog. Or at least perfect for us.