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Boxer Dog <3
Member Name: stace12344
Advantages: Loving, Loyal, Cheeky, Curious. Need I go on?
This review is based on my 12 month old male boxer.
After losing our previous dog (bullmastiff) who we had for 11.5 years, we swore we would never get another dog as losing him was so painful. However, a few months later we welcomed our 8 week old boxer pup!
All I know about the boxer dog origin is that they were developed in Germany in the 19th century.
I have a brindle boxer with white markings. He has a full tail and floppy ears.
I can truely understand why people say after a boxer you will not change breeds. I have never met such a funny, loving, curious, cheeky dog all in one.
I personally prefer boxers with a tail however, i will admit there tails can act as a whip when excited, so be aware! If anyone already has a boxer they will be well aware of the "kidney bean dance". A boxer will literally shake all of its body when its excited/happy. He will scrunch up his face and try to lick you with his super long tongue!! Boxers are renowned for their tongues. Especially after eating it will look like a boxer is bearing its teeth, this is just the way the mouth is formed. Our dog has never growled or shown any signs of aggression.
Our boxer loves nothing more than company, the only time he becomes destructive is when he is left alone. We have had no problems with chewing or being destructive otherwise. He loves to eat the mail! Boxers love to be "lap dogs". He will insist on trying to sit on my lap even though he does not fit and must be very uncomfortable for him. This is the same as on the bed, he will insist on laying ON me when there is plenty of room for him.
I'm sure that boxers believe that they are human at times, if someone leaves their seat he will jump up onto the chair and sit there with the rest of the family. He goes to bed when the last person goes to bed however, he is a lazy boy in the day and is currently sleeping on my feet!
* Training *
House training him was surprisingly easy. We used the paper method at first gradually moving it to the door and then took him out the back every time he went in the house. When ever he went to toilet out the garden he was rewarded with a doggy treat. It took less then a week to get him fully house trained, however, as expected, he did have a few accidents.
On our first night we expected crying however he was almost hysterical. On the first night we made him comfortable in his bed surrounded by cuddly toys and shut the kitchen door. He cried all night becoming very distressed, banging himself on the door. We ignored this behaviour as we did not want him in our beds, for the next week this carried on all night- every night!! Having work the next morning it was making us all very tired so we tried many things including lights on/off, tv on/off, clock, t-shirt and nothing worked! We were advised to crate train our boxer however, we did not feel this technique suited him, the noises he would make were unbearable and in the end we decided that if it was making him this upset, 5 weeks on, it wasn't worth it. So now he sleeps on top of the stairs in his own bed! Has anyone else experienced this with their boxer?
* Eating *
Unlike our last dog we allow our boxer to go back and forth his food when he wants as we were advised that boxers were "grinders" and eat when they're hungry. He usually eats around two bowls of his own food, he is currently on "Eukanuba". £50-55 for a large bag that lasts around 6 weeks. He loves to scrounge our food, like most dogs! Our boxer weighs 5 stone (70 pounds). He is bigger than average.
* Walking *
Walk times were particularly stressful when he was a young pup. We wanted to socialise him however, we found other dogs would keep going for him. Looking back this was probably because he was so boisterous even when he was little. Boxers love to jump on other dogs and use their front paws for rough play. Now he is 12 months he seems to be more considerate with other dogs, obviously he is still only a pup himself however, he is more careful around smaller dogs- before he would be likely to stand on them.
On his first ever walk (after jabs) he was bitten in the face by a jack russell. Luckily this hasnt changed him at all and he has never shown any signs of aggression infact, he runs away if a dog growls at him.
Our boxer needs a firm hand on the lead, he is strong and does pull. When off the lead he loves to jump up at the lead in my hand!? We walk our boxer twice a day (morning,evening). They have lots of energy, we have a lazy boy in the day who sleeps and then want to play during the evening!
Overall, I cannot recommend a better breed of dog than a boxer. I have loved all our pets however, a boxer is truely in a league of its own. They make great family dogs. They are playful yet gentle with children. Boxers are loyal to family members and do become wary of strangers.
If your looking into getting a dog then a boxer is definately worth considering. That said you do need a lot of patience, time and love.
Summary: The best breed you can get
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