Author: admin, 02.07.2015An active, athletic breed, Boxers need daily work or exercise, as well as a long brisk, daily walk. He might have a worried look on his wrinkled face, but the Boxer isn't worried about being loved: he's one of most popular dogs in America. The Boxer is a wonderful choice for an owner who will train him consistently, firmly and fairly, and who can have a sense of humor about the dog's stubborn streak.
The Boxer's face is unmistakable: wrinkled and worried-looking, the expression belied by his square jaw, noble head and jaunty walk. White Boxers are not albinos and their coloration is not the result of a genetic mutation as it sometimes is in other breeds. Boxers are great watchdogs but not aggressive toward people unless the situation calls for it. In his modern incarnation, the Boxer has existed for only about a century, but you can see hints of him in the dogs portrayed on old tapestries from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
The modern Boxer was born in the 1880s, when a man named George Alt, who lived in Munich, imported a brindle bullenbeisser named Flora from France. Boxers today are more refined and elegant than their ancestors, but they are still strong, smart, and fearless. With structure, discipline and lots of exercise and mental stimulation, a Boxer can become the dog of your dreams. American Boxer Charitable Foundation has raised more money for genetic research than any other breed club in the world. Boxers are also at risk for degenerative myelopathy, a form of progressive neurologic dysfunction. Boxers are more susceptible than many breeds to bloat, a condition in which the stomach expands with air. Frequent baths are not necessary unless he gets dirty, but with the gentle dog shampoos available now, you can bathe a Boxer weekly if you want without harming his coat.
American Boxer Club does not maintain a breeder referral service, suggesting instead that puppy buyers seek out breeders at shows or through one of many regional Boxer clubs, several of which do have breeder listings and referrals.
American Boxer Club's Code of Ethics, which does not permit the sale of puppies through brokers, auctions or commercial dealers such as pet stores. Breeders should sell puppies with a written contract guaranteeing they'll take back the dog at any time during his life if you become unable to keep him, and with written documentation that both the puppy's parents (and if possible, his other close relatives) have had their hips, eyes, elbows and hearts examined and certified by the appropriate health organizations.
The cost of a Boxer puppy varies depending on his place of origin, whether he is male or female, what titles his parents have, and whether he is best suited for the show ring or a pet home.
And before you decide to buy a puppy, consider whether an adult Boxer might better suit your needs and lifestyle. Wherever you acquire your Boxer, make sure you have a good contract with the seller, shelter or rescue group that spells out responsibilities on both sides. There are even cases where the dog does not even have Boxer in it at all, for example some are crossing the Rat Terrier with a Pug and calling it a Mini Boxer. The Boxer's ancestors were two German mastiff type dogs, the Bullenbeiszer and the Barenbeiszer.
Be sure to walk your Boxer beside or behind you, keeping slack on the leash (no tension); never let him pull in front of you. There is considerable controversy surrounding the white Boxer, largely because for generations, breeders killed their white puppies instead of trying to find homes for them as pets. One of their greatest triumphs was the recent identification of the gene responsible for arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, also known as Boxer cardiomyopathy, a devastating heart disease that is usually fatal. A good breeder will be able to discuss how prevalent these and other conditions that have no genetic screening test are in her dogs' lines, and help puppy buyers make an informed decision about health risks to their dog. Keeping a Boxer at an appropriate weight is one of the easiest ways to improve his health and extend his life.
Puppies are loads of fun, but they require a lot of time and effort before they grow up to become the dog of your dreams.
The site allows you to be very specific in your requests (housetraining status, for example) or very general (all the Boxers available on Petfinder across the country). They also often offer fostering opportunities so, with training, you could bring a Boxer home with you to see what the experience is like. While many breeders have their own version of what goes into the genes of the dog, they all seem to have one goal in mind and that is for the dog to look like a smaller version of the purebred Boxer. Some Boxers try and keep themselves clean, grooming themselves like a cat, although some cannot resist rolling in another animal’s poop, which calls for a bath.
A well-bred, well-socialized Boxer is friendly with children and people he knows, suspicious and alert but not aggressive with strangers, and always ready for a walk, a game or just some quality time on the sofa with you. This is widely considered to be unacceptable now, and more white Boxers are becoming available for purchase and adoption. Like most all-white animals, white Boxers are at increased risk of deafness, although only a small number of white Boxers will be deaf. Boxers are also loyal, and will respond courageously to anything that threatens their loved ones.
An adult Boxer may already have some training and will probably be less active, destructive and demanding than a puppy. 25% Boxers can be considered as breeding stock as well, as long as they are being used to breed for higher percentages. A well brought-up and properly socialized Boxer will also get along with his own kind and other household pets such as cats. Early Boxers were used for dog fighting, bull baiting, cart pulling, as cattle dogs, to round up livestock and to catch and pin wild boar and bison until hunters could arrive.
There is no evidence that white Boxers have any other color-related health problems, nor is their color associated with any temperament issues.
Boxers were trained for police work, were some of the earliest guide dogs and served in the German military during World War I as messengers and scouts. In 1951, a Boxer named Bang Away won Best in Show at Westminster, the third Boxer to do so, and for the time, he was a rock star.
Boxers are good at spotting loopholes in the rules and they will push to see what they can get away with. If you have ever watched a Boxer go about his business you may have noticed the way he paws at his toys, food bowl and you for that matter, in a very playful cat-like way.
Your little eight-week-old Boxer will be much easier and more fun to teach than his bigger, more stubborn eight-month-old self. While participating the sport of Schutzhund, Boxers are known to jump up and use their front paws as if they are boxing.
The Boxer is known for the way it uses its front legs to bat at its opponent, appearing to be boxing, most likely giving the dog its name. Some of the Boxer's talents are watchdog, guarding, police work, military work, search and rescue, competitive obedience, Schutzhund and performing tricks. This is the way I have taught all of my puppies and it normally has to be done once, maybe up to three times and then never has to be done again. Online I only see breeders that are selling Boxers but not looking for a male stud for breeding.
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