July 04, 2003

Moving on...

Could we bear to look our third Lab in the eyes and see both Buster and his predecessor, Zachary, or should we move on to second-best? Is a yellow lab different enough? Less shed hair would be nice, and a thinner coat to be able to see and remove ticks more easily. A dog less home-schooled and welcoming of strangers than dopey go-with-anybody Buster might be an advantage here in the far boonies where 'my dog can whup your dog' has a certain deterrent quality, should a stranger decide to come snooping around uninvited. (Hasn't happened in four years, but of course, we had ferocious Buster on patrol. He was indeed formidable, in appearance at least, back in is prime).

And so, what can you folks tell me about boxers? (Not the underwear, silly.) They sure have a different bearing and a face you'd have to come to love, not the immediately congenial comeliness of a black or yellow lab. They seem to fit most of the features we are looking for (thanks, Anne, for the link to the Breed Selector). Here is an interesting page that compares the temperament and personalities of the two breeds from someone who owns both a black lab and a boxer. Anybody has any experience with boxers, give me a hoot.

Posted by fred1st at July 4, 2003 04:33 AM | TrackBack
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I'm sorry to say that I've never had any experience with boxers. However they sound like wonderful dogs. Here is the description of character and temperament from the "AKC Complete Dog Book" (19th edition):

"Instinctively a hearing guard dog, his bearing is alert, dignified and self-assured." . . . "With family and friends, his temperament is fundamentally playful, yet patient and stoical with children. Deliberate and wary with strangers, he will exhibit curiosity byt, most importantly, fearless courage if threatened. However, he responds promptly to friendly overtures honostly rendered. His intelligence, loyal affection and tractability todiscipline make him a highly desirable companion."

Posted by: bogie at July 4, 2003 05:54 AM

Great dogs,very good natured, but the ones I've known bark a bit much for my taste.

Posted by: ronbailey at July 4, 2003 07:56 AM

Fred: I agree with Ron, they're big barkers, and it's a shrill, ear-splitting bark too, not a big deep lab bark. Maybe it's just the ones I've been around, but they seem a little hyper, too, bordering on neurotic.

If I were in your shoes, I'd go to the pound and find a non-puppy (if that's still an issue), sweet, intelligent dog you bond with. Everyone I know who's done this has had a wonderful experience. The best dog we ever had adopted us, just about to whelp. Chloe. She was a Madrid street dog, probably lab/shepherd mix, a wonderful, wonderful dog. These dogs need homes, badly, and the shelters often have a hard time placing larger ones...

Posted by: Pica at July 4, 2003 09:40 AM

I've a good friend who is a boxer breeder and her dogs couldn't be more mellow...they are terrific companion dogs. However they are very well trained and socialized. Dogs who are nuisance barkers were not well trained or socialized as pups...all dogs can be trained not to bark.


I agree with Pica...adopting an adult dog is a very good alterative to raising a puppy. Look online for a breed rescue if it's a pure breed you prefer. We adpoted Ben from breed rescue and he bonded with us immediately ...it was as if he had been ours forever. I have friend who just adopted a rescue French Bulldog and she got a marvelous dog too.

Some years back, I found a great mixed breed terrier at the SPCA sheter for my Octogenarian grandfather ..she was the perfect dog for his lifestyle...she was scooped up by a neighbor when he passed away. So I recommend looking in your local shelter too.

You don't know their health record when you adopt..sometimes the breed rescue knows the dog, but usually it's a crap shoot...however you don't have to housetrain either!

I always get our cats from the shelter ...there's never a shortage of kittens from which to choose...no way I'd buy a pure breed cat when there's so many in need of a home...but then cat personalities/traits are more generic than dogs. A cat is a cat, is a cat. *G*

~f

Posted by: feste at July 4, 2003 12:49 PM

I've often wanted a boxer. Such handsome dogs. How are they with snakes?

Posted by: sainteros at July 6, 2003 11:03 PM

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