Learning About the Boxer Breed

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Before choosing any new pet, it is always wise to put a great deal of thought and research into what type of pet would be best for you and your family.  This is unquestionably the best course of action when choosing a family dog.  There are dozens of different dog breeds, and each has its own typical characteristics and general temperament.  Therefore, before deciding upon any particular dog breed, it is prudent to learn about the breed.

One popular breed among many families is the boxer breed.  Boxers fit in well with many households because they are both patient and protective.  After researching dog breeds, a great number of families end up selecting puppies or dogs of the boxer breed.

Excellent Guard Dogs

The boxer breed is well-known for being quite protective of its people ‘family’.  Boxers are wary of strangers approaching the family, keeping a watchful eye and staying alert against any possible danger.  Unlike some other guard dogs, though, the boxer breed is not habitually aggressive—boxers are typically more dignified in their guarding approach.  They will, however, become assertive and aggressive if they feel threatened or if anyone in their ‘family’ is being threatened.  In cases like these, dogs of the boxer breed are unwaveringly courageous.

Affectionate Companions

Boxers are also noted for their fundamentally agreeable temperament.  Dogs of the boxer breed greatly enjoy affection from their human ‘family,’ and they are more than happy to return that with friendliness and attention of their own.  These dogs are quite loyal to the members of their ‘family’ and respond very well to the warmth and thoughtfulness given from them.  Boxers are one of the many breeds of dogs that make for wonderful companions—they truly can become “man’s best friend.”

The Boxer Breed – A Good Choice for Children?

While many people picture the boxer breed as more of a guard dog, the truth is that boxers really do enjoy being around children.  These dogs love to get attention from children.  Furthermore, boxers are actually quite patient.  They are tolerant of kids who may not exactly know the best ways to pet dogs or who may not understand that tails aren’t for tugging.  Of course, it is always a good idea for adults to keep an eye on any dog around very young children—and parents should teach their kids proper ways to give dogs affection and attention.  Nonetheless, dogs of the boxer breed enjoy children’s attention and are very accommodating of kids who haven’t yet learned how to deal with dogs.

Physical Characteristics

Before selecting a dog, it is smart to consider the size of a particular breed.  Many people also prefer to take into account other physical attributes of breeds as well.

Dogs of the boxer breed are generally mid-sized dogs.  They have short limbs; however, they are quite powerful because of their muscular back and legs.  Boxers are considered to be athletic dogs; as such, they will need to be walked often.

Boxers have coats that are short and smooth.  Because of this, they do not require much grooming.

The boxer breed can be a good choice for any family.

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Learning About The Boxer Breed

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Before choosing any new pet, it is always wise to put a great deal of thought and research into what type of pet would be best for you and your family.  This is unquestionably the best course of action when choosing a family dog.  There are dozens of different dog breeds, and each has its own typical characteristics and general temperament.  Therefore, before deciding upon any particular dog breed, it is prudent to learn about the breed.

One popular breed among many families is the boxer breed.  Boxers fit in well with many households because they are both patient and protective.  After researching dog breeds, a great number of families end up selecting puppies or dogs of the boxer breed.

Excellent Guard Dogs

The boxer breed is well-known for being quite protective of its people ‘family’.  Boxers are wary of strangers approaching the family, keeping a watchful eye and staying alert against any possible danger.  Unlike some other guard dogs, though, the boxer breed is not habitually aggressive—boxers are typically more dignified in their guarding approach.  They will, however, become assertive and aggressive if they feel threatened or if anyone in their ‘family’ is being threatened.  In cases like these, dogs of the boxer breed are unwaveringly courageous.

Affectionate Companions

Boxers are also noted for their fundamentally agreeable temperament.  Dogs of the boxer breed greatly enjoy affection from their human ‘family,’ and they are more than happy to return that with friendliness and attention of their own.  These dogs are quite loyal to the members of their ‘family’ and respond very well to the warmth and thoughtfulness given from them.  Boxers are one of the many breeds of dogs that make for wonderful companions—they truly can become “man’s best friend.”

The Boxer Breed – A Good Choice for Children?

While many people picture the boxer breed as more of a guard dog, the truth is that boxers really do enjoy being around children.  These dogs love to get attention from children.  Furthermore, boxers are actually quite patient.  They are tolerant of kids who may not exactly know the best ways to pet dogs or who may not understand that tails aren’t for tugging.  Of course, it is always a good idea for adults to keep an eye on any dog around very young children—and parents should teach their kids proper ways to give dogs affection and attention.  Nonetheless, dogs of the boxer breed enjoy children’s attention and are very accommodating of kids who haven’t yet learned how to deal with dogs.

Physical Characteristics

Before selecting a dog, it is smart to consider the size of a particular breed.  Many people also prefer to take into account other physical attributes of breeds as well.

Dogs of the boxer breed are generally mid-sized dogs.  They have short limbs; however, they are quite powerful because of their muscular back and legs.  Boxers are considered to be athletic dogs; as such, they will need to be walked often.

Boxers have coats that are short and smooth.  Because of this, they do not require much grooming.

The boxer breed can be a good choice for any family.

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What You Should Know About AKC Boxer Puppies

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AKC Boxer Puppies

There are a number of boxer dog breeders who can offer you AKC boxer puppies. Your local dog show can be an excellent source to find KDC standard boxer puppies as they are hosted for this particular purpose. There are also several boxer magazines that publish ads from different breeders. You can find the AKC Gazette from the American Kennel Club which is often found at large newsstands which lists the secretaries of most of the national breed clubs who can help you find a local breeder to provide AKC boxer puppies. However purchasing a boxer puppy is not just the matter of money and due to their popularity but purchasing from AKC means that you would have a real or pure breed boxer puppy. It is important that you educate yourself about boxer dog breed as you should be able to recognize a true or genuine boxer dog with AKC breeding standards.

General appearance of AKC boxer dogs

The ideal appearance of a boxer dog is square built and medium sized dog of good substance with strong limbs, short back and short and tight fitting coat. The AKC boxer dogs have well developed muscles which are hard, clean and appear smooth below taut skin. Their movements mean energy. Their gait is very firm yet a bit elastic. These AKC boxer dogs are generally developed with the aim to serve as guard dogs including as work dogs and companion dogs as they combine agility and strength with style and elegance. They always have an alert attention whereas their temperament is tractable and steadfast.

AKC boxer puppies impart a unique chiseled head which is very different from others. They should also be in good proportion to their body. When judging a boxer dog the first consideration is often given to their overall balance and general appearance. There is also special attention devoted to their head which is then followed by their individual body component which are examined for a proper construction of muscles.

The age of AKC boxer puppy you should prefer

Most of the people usually prefer purchasing boxer dogs any time after they are seven to eight weeks old. Most of the states also have regulations regarding their minimum age. However it is important that you consider your individual circumstances. You should also find out if you have the time to spend with your new boxer puppy as there should be someone at home to housebreak the dog. You should also know that if you prefer purchasing a puppy below three months of age they will need plenty of time to sleep and rest. Apart from this make sure that you are going to the right boxer dog breeder for your AKC boxer puppy. A good boxer dog breeder would show deep concerns for their puppy as they would want to know more about their new owner and would also get you familiar with the boxer puppy before purchasing him. You can rather prefer buying AKC boxer puppies from a reputable breeder who can provide you the registration details of the new AKC boxer puppy.

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Boxer Dogs Through Rescue Groups

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Perhaps you and your family are giving a lot of thought to getting a boxer.  Maybe you have already done a great deal of research on the boxer breed, and you really think that boxer dogs would be an ideal fit with your family because of their temperament and characteristics.  If you haven’t yet decided on a breeder for a puppy, it could be a good idea to consider purchasing one of the boxer dogs from a rescue group.

Why choose a rescue dog?

Aside from the obvious moral and ethical reasons of choosing a rescue boxer dog—that is, to help save boxer dogs from shelter life (or worse)—there are some good reasons for deciding on a rescue dog:

•    Most rescue boxer dogs are between the ages of 18 months to 5 years.  This means that these dogs are generally housetrained, at the very least.  Many have learned other training commands as well.

•    Rescue boxer dogs are only allowed to be adopted if they are healthy.  Each dog that comes into a rescue group undergoes health testing, gets veterinarian examinations, is spayed or neutered, and gets any necessary shots.

•    The cost of a rescue dog can vary; typically you are paying for the fees of the above-mentioned health screenings and shots.  Rescue groups do not make a profit from the sale of their boxer dogs.  Of course, reputable breeders do not make a profit from the sale of boxer dogs either.  In any case, the cost of rescue boxer dogs will either be comparable to the cost of boxer puppies—or, it can be less.

Be sure, though, to choose a rescue group that is affiliated with either the American Boxer Rescue Association or the All-Breed Alliance, as these organizations hold rescue groups to high standards of practice.

Why are dogs rescued?

Many people assume that rescue boxer dogs must have had some sort of behavioral problems in order for their owners to abandon them.  People think that dog owners wouldn’t leave their dogs with rescue groups (or, worse, in shelters or out on the street) unless the boxer dogs were causing troubles.  This isn’t the case.

All boxer dogs that are offered for adoption go through several weeks at foster homes.  During this time, their temperament is assessed.  Few boxer dogs are ever found to have any behavioral problems, and even these boxers can typically be worked with in obedience classes.

Boxers are taken into dog rescue groups for three reasons:

•    Sometimes abandoned or ‘stray’ boxer dogs are found in animal shelters.  It is generally assumed that the owners of these dogs did not take the trouble to train the dogs (looking at the typical rescue dog age, these dogs are at the dog equivalent of the human “terrible twos” stage of development).

•    Owner surrender of boxer dogs is the second reason.  People have lifestyle changes sometimes that affect their ability to own and care for a dog.

•    Breeders sometimes come to rescue groups, asking for ‘retirement’ homes for their breeder dogs or show dogs.

In any case, temperament is well-assessed before a boxer is put up for adoption.

Jason

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What About White Boxer Dogs?

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Boxer dogs have a few different types of coat colorings.  They can be fawn, which means that the bulk of their coat is a solid color ranging from tan to a deep red.  Or, they can be what is called brindle, which basically means that their coloring looks like that of a fawn boxer (in any of the aforementioned shades)—but, it is also overlaid with black stripes.  Many boxers also have some degree of white markings on their bodies and face, which is called flash.

In addition to fawn and brindle boxers, there are also white boxer dogs.  Some people think that this variation of coloring in boxers is rare; however, it occurs in about 10% to 25% or so of boxers around the world.  This isn’t all that rare.

What makes white boxer dogs white?

White boxer dogs do not really have a white coloring—they are actually absent of color.  According to genetics, white boxer dogs are really either fawn boxers or brindle boxers that simply have large proportions of their coloring covered by the white markings (the flash).

White boxer dogs only show up in litters in which both parents are flashy boxers.  It is genetically impossible otherwise for a white boxer to be a part of a boxer litter.  Here’s why:

•    Plain parent + Plain parent:  With two plain parents (‘plain’ meaning without flash), the all puppies in the litter will be plain.  This is because the gene for being plain would be the only gene present; therefore, no flashy puppies could be born.

•    Plain parent + Flashy parent:  With one plain parent and one flashy parent, the litter will be comprised of 50% plain puppies and 50% flashy puppies.  Only one parent has a copy of the recessive white boxer dog gene, so no white boxer dogs are born.

•    Flashy parent +Flashy parent:  Each flashy parent has a copy of the recessive gene which can result in white boxer dogs.  When two of these genes come together, a white boxer dog is born.  So, with these two parents, the resulting litter will have 50% flashy puppies, 25% plain puppies, and 25% white puppies.

Do white boxer dogs have health issues?

There are a lot of stories about white boxer dogs having health problems.  Apparently, because these dogs look different, people think that they have different health problems.

The bulk of the stories speak about heart issues.  However, white boxer dogs do not have any more heart problems than other boxer dogs.  These stories are simply untrue.

There are two health issues about which people need to be aware concerning white boxer dogs.  First of all, because these dogs lack pigmentation, they can easily sunburn.  Owners need to be careful about shielding them from the sun so that the dogs do not get skin cancer.  Secondly, more white boxer dogs are deaf than are other boxer dogs.  About 20% of white boxer dogs are deaf (at least partially) as compared to about 2% of other colorings of boxer dogs.

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