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Dogs,dogs,dogs..Boxers!

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by portiaa, Apr 23, 2011.


  1. portiaa

    portiaa PetForums VIP

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    Yes I'm still on that mission trying to find the best breed for me. :eek: I've got a massive list containing many breeds! I'd love a great Dane but I think they might be a bit too big right now so I'm going to wait until I have a place of my own.

    And recently I've been looking into boxers quite a bit.
    I'm really not sure what suits me best :( I also quite like small breeds e.g jack russell.

    So..ive been looking into boxers but there's lots of different info and it's always best with people from experience. So I'm just going to ask a few questions and would appreciate it if people who knew the answers could comment :) thanks.

    1) are they sociable breeds? i own 4 dogs and they need to be able to get on :)

    2) how much exercise do they need, I have an acre for mental stimulation throughout the day and will also be able to give 2 walks,lasting two hours each per day,will this be enough? :) also may consider fun agility classes weekly.

    3) are they a generally healthy breed or not? Thanks :)

    any extra info or stories greatly welcomed. :)

    Thanks. :D

    Sorry about soo many breed threads,I'm not sure which is for me and. Want to research properly. :)
     
  2. H0lly

    H0lly PetForums VIP

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    GREAT breed, I can tell you what i know from my experiences. I am no professional but am learning daily :)

    My Dora is 8 Months old and have had her since she was 8 weeks, She is FANTASTIC. so very very friendly loves every human and dog. im pretty sure with the right introduction and socialisation she would be great with cats and small furries also.

    When i first researched the Boxer breed i read alot of things about them being high energy breed. Dont get me wrong she is extremely active when out in the park and when playing but there is nothing she loves more than curling up on the sofa for a cuddle, or going for a gentle stroll.

    I would say the exercise regime you mention would be fine for a boxer.

    Dora is very loving and has the greatest personality i could almost right a script with her facial expressions. I could not be without her and will be getting another in the future :)

    Good luck deciding
     
  3. H0lly

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    Forgot to add, regards the health side of things, i think if you get the right breeder and correct health tests they should be no reason why you wont get a healthy dog. The main problem to look out for is a good heart score
     
  4. Eroswoof

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    Pom....... :lol:

    Good on you for all the research :D

    xxxx
     
  5. cravensmum

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    I don't own a Boxer myself,but there is one in our little walking group.

    He is called Buster and he is nearly 3.

    Now I don't know whether these are Boxer traits,or it's just Buster.:)
    He has had to have a lot of his teeth removed as he had an obsession with stones when he was younger and did a lot of damage.He now carries a ball all the time,apart from when he is playing.
    He has just been diagnosed with a problem with his heart,sorry can't remember what exactly.
    He seems to be sociable with most dogs,but I have seen him have a go at the same dog twice,an on lead cairn x,also called Buster.
    He is very playful with my dog a Foxhound and another in our group a GSD.
    Exercise,I would say he gets the most exercise out of those 3 dogs,and I would say the 4 hours it would get with you would be perfect.
    I hope that helps.
    A couple of photo's of buster with Craven & Sabre
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  6. seratobyflynn

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    We used to have a boxer growing up. As I was a kid can't comment on health but she was gorgeous. My breeder used to have boxers and says that Boston terriers (what my little boy is) are very similar in their traits and personality but a lot smaller - could be another option? He's only 10 weeks and apart from being a bit naughty he's full of energy and very clever!
     
  7. portiaa

    portiaa PetForums VIP

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    Thank you everyone for your input! :) boxers are lovely dogs, the only thing that concerns me is the heart issue. :( but if you find a good breeder with good heart scores then it should minimise the risk slightly although obviously there is still chance they could get it.

    I'm still not 100% decided on breed as I love soo many, but I may get a smaller breed or cross breed. E.g jack Russell or JRT x chihuahua. :)
     
  8. H0lly

    H0lly PetForums VIP

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    Never a dull moment :)
     
  9. mushymouth

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    My boxer is always making me laugh and i fall in love with her facial expressions... So many they have..she loves balls... Anything squeaky and loves all people and dogs she is hard work but i adore her. My husband work nights and she keeps me company on a night and she sleeps in her bed in my bedroom she is a brilliant dog especially with my 3year old daughter she is fab...
    I love her to bit...
    To be honests you could get health problems with any dog so don't let it put you off what you really want if all us boxer owners worried about it we wouldn't own them.
    Besides they are a fantastic dog to own I wanted one my whole life after I mett friends at school and I got one when I got my own place don't think I could be without a boxer now to be honest...
    Love to please
    Funny
    Cheeky
    Mischievous but funny...
    You will have the best years of your life owning a boxer!!
     
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  10. mushymouth

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    Did I mention bag and bag of energy....
    With roxy..I'd you've got a ball it will all be ok lol
     
  11. Pointermum

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    A bit off topic :eek: but have you thought about a Pointer? Someone on the Pointer forum I'm a member on use to breed great danes but has stopped and now has Pointers because of the longer life span.
     
  12. Nicky10

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    I'd say boxers they're so much fun. Very friendly and playful wonderful with everyone. They are big and bouncy and clumsy when they're puppies so make sure it's trained well but they wouldn't hurt anyone intentionally if raised right. I was told they're one of the highest energy breeds though.

    I don't know about the heart problems so other people can advise you on that but I love boxers would love one one day
     
  13. portiaa

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    Thank you, haven't looked in to pointers in much detail but will defiantly start too and consider them. :) are they a generally healthy breed? No major health issues? :) thanks
     
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