Boxer Aussie Mix Breed Profile:
The Boxer Australian Shepherd Cross (also known as Boxer Aussies) are a mixed breed of the Australian Cattle Dog and the Australian Shepherds. They have been bred to produce offspring with good temperaments, intelligence, stamina and loyalty. These dogs have been used in various roles such as guard dogs, search & rescue teams, show ring competitors and even police dogs.
They are also very popular among hunters due to their hunting skills.
Boxer Aussies are known for being loyal, affectionate and loving. They make excellent family companions. They tend to be extremely intelligent and trainable.
Their physical appearance is similar to that of an Australian Shepherd but they have longer legs, a fuller body and thicker fur than their relatives. The coat color varies from light brown or chestnut, to black or pure white.
They are not considered to be a “show” breed because they do not perform tricks or display agility. However, they can pull carts and other heavy objects when necessary. They are also known to be very protective of their owners and will bark at intruders if given the chance.
Boxer Aussies come in many colors including red, blue, grey, cream, fawn and even some that resemble foxes or raccoons. Their face is either a black, brown or grey mask. They can be born with white or black tips on their tails and ears.
As pups, Boxer Aussies have lots of energy and love to play. Owners need to provide them with toys and activities that keep them busy. If they are bored, they will find their own entertainment and this could lead to trouble.
These dogs enjoy being around other people and do not do well when left alone for long periods of time. They need to be socialized at an early age in order to get along with others.
Although they have lots of energy as pups, Boxer Aussies tend to mellow out as they grow older. They typically live between 10 and 15 years when kept indoors and well-exercised on a daily basis. This breed is not considered to be hypoallergenic, though some people have little to no reaction to their fur.
The Australian Cattle Dog (ACD) is often mistaken for a herding dog but in reality, it was bred specifically to handle cattle. It was initially bred in the mid-1800s in Australia by a farmer attempting to breed a new type of working dog. The distinct features of the ACD include: a blue or black coat with a white collar or a red coat with or without white markings.
The breed was initially bred with either a smooth or long coat. The smooth coat version was preferred by Australian ranchers since it protected the dog against sharp burs and prickles while the long coat provided the dog with extra warmth.
ACDs have been bred to handle various types of livestock but their main job is to prevent cattle from escaping. These dogs were specifically bred for their ability to think for themselves and act accordingly when dealing with stubborn or wild animals. They are strong willed, fearless and independent.
Just like their Boxer Aussie relatives, they are not considered to be hypoallergenic and many people have little to no reaction to their fur.
The Otterhound has been around since the early 1800s. It is a scent hound that was bred to hunt its namesake, the otter. Its distinguishing features include long legs, a long coat and long ears.
The coat is usually some variation of brown and it has a distinctly fox-like appearance.
The Otterhound is calm, patient and tolerant. It is generally friendly towards people and other dogs. It is an active dog that should be exercised regularly.
The breed is known to have a good sense of hearing and an outstanding sense of smell. These dogs can have a tendency to bay when they are excited or trying to make a kill. This tendency should be discouraged since it is annoying and can frighten people living in condos or living close to other neighbors.
This breed does shed a good amount and produces a moderate amount of drool. It also tends to have a distinctive hound smell. Allergen-sensitive people should take this into consideration when considering this breed.
Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dog is a working dog that has been used for hundreds of years to help fishermen in Portugal. Its distinct features include a heavy coat that is often either black or brown in color. The ears are also shaped like a v and hang down the side of its face.
The tail usually hangs down low and is furry.
The breed has a high amount of energy and needs plenty of opportunities to run free and play. It is a natural-born swimmer and should always have access to water. While the breed is fairly friendly, it can be wary of strangers.
The breed has a strong tendency to bark and is generally unhappy when left alone for long periods of time.
The breed does not shed and is not prone to any allergic reactions. It also tends to drool a lot.
The Pug Beagle Mix, or “Puggle” for short, is not an official, recognized breed. This mix-breed dog is simply a combination of two of the most common family dogs: the Beagle and the Pug. It tends to have the face of a Pug and the body of a Beagle.
It can also have the long ears of a Beagle while still having the short muzzle of a Pug. Its fur can be a variety of different colors and patterns.
The Puggle is friendly and playful, but can suffer from hyperactivity. This hyperactivity often leads to loud antics like barking and jumping. The breed is very lovable and loving towards its owners.
It thrives on human companionship and needs to be around people or else it will become distressed. The Puggle is not an ideal choice for owners that are away from home for long periods of time. It also tends to become destructive when left alone and unchallenged.
The breed sheds many hairs per day and has a distinct Pug smell. People who are prone to allergies or who simply dislike dog fur should consider another breed.
Rabbit Dander (Hay Fever)
People with Hay Fever are allergic to the dander that is produced by rabbits. This includes the hair that is shed from their coat as well as droppings. Hay Fever symptoms range from a runny nose and itchy eyes to extreme discomfort.
For some people, the allergic reaction is so severe that they develop life-threatening anaphylactic reactions.
The best way to deal with Hay Fever caused by Rabbit Dander is to avoid rabbits or anything that has come in contact with them. Since the allergen attaches itself easily to clothing and other items, these should be washed separately from other clothes. Carpets can be cleaned using a special shampoo.
Rabbit fur is prized for its softness. Certain breeds of rabbits are also kept as pets. Rabbit droppings are often used as fertilizer.
Rat (Commonly Allergies to Rat Hair)
Rats have hair, just like people do. Many people have allergic reactions to rat hair, especially when the animals are kept as pets. The allergic reaction is similar to the type of reaction that some people have to cat fur.
People who are allergic to rat fur should avoid contact with rats at all costs. In addition, these people should also take care to avoid items that come into contact with rat fur, such as clothes and bedding. People who suffer from this severe of an allergy should carry an allergy kit (including medication) with them at all times.
Skunk (Skunk Oil)
Most people are familiar with the foul smell of a skunk. The main source of this smell is a fluid that is secreted from a gland near the animal’s butt when it feels threatened. This odor is extremely difficult to get rid of, and tends to linger longer than one might expect.
It will also cling to fabric, so it is best to avoid getting skunk oil on your clothing at all costs.
There are many home remedies for removing the smell of skunk oil from your skin and clothing. Most of these involve heavy use of tomato juice or other vegetables. It is best to try out these home remedies before getting into a situation where you might be exposed to a skunk’s defenses.
Some people are extremely sensitive to the smell of skunk oil. These people should avoid the small carnivorous mammal at all costs, and certainly should not try to keep one as a pet!
It is common knowledge that many types of shellfish, such as shrimp, oysters and clams, can cause severe allergic reactions in some people. Snails also fall into this category.
If you are extremely allergic to shellfish, it is best to avoid the humble snail. Like their aquatic cousins, snails also tend to reside in dark, damp areas. Be careful when walking in the woods or other outdoor areas where there might be snails.
If there are snail shells present, assume that there are also live snails nearby.
In extreme cases, exposure to snails can cause anaphylactic shock or death. If you think you are severely allergic to snails, it is best to carry an epipen and seek medical attention immediately if you think you have been exposed to a snail.
Ticks (Encountering Ticks)
Ticks are small arachnids that live in moist areas. They are known for attaching themselves to humans or animals, and feeding on the host’s blood. Many types of ticks are known to carry diseases, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, or Tularemia.
The best way to avoid ticks is to wear clothing that covers as much of the skin as possible. Tucking pants into socks and wearing long sleeved shirts are a good start. Ticks like to cluster in places where clothing leaves the skin exposed, such as the area between sock and pants, the neckline of a shirt, and the sleeves of a shirt or jacket.
By keeping these areas covered, you can greatly reduce your chances of encountering ticks.
Ticks can be removed easily by using a pair of tweezers. First, spray the tick with a small amount of alcohol to slow it down and make it easier to handle. Once it is slow enough, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight up.
Don’t twist or jerk while removing the tick, as this may cause the tick’s head to remain in the skin.
The best way to check for ticks (after you’ve removed any that you see) is to run your hands through your hair. Ticks often grab onto the skin and then remain still. If you run your hands through your hair, any ticks that are grabbing on for dear life are likely to be pulled from your skin.
Ticks can also be removed with a lit cigarette. This method is not always effective, but many people claim it works well.
Wasp (Paper Nest)
Wasps are flying insects that are most easily identified by their bright yellow and black color scheme and narrow waist. Their nests are most frequently constructed out of paper and are attached to a fixed structure, such as a tree.
Most wasps are not aggressive, and will only attack if they feel their nest is in danger. If you walk near a wasp nest, you can usually avoid an attack by not moving too quickly, loud noises tends to scare away most wasps, so walking with the rustling branches of bushes or trees nearby will normally prevent an attack.
A wasp sting is medically significant. If you are allergic to their poison, you can go into anaphylactic shock and possibly die. A normal person will experience swelling and pain at the sting site as well as difficulty breathing.
The best way to treat a wasp sting is with antihistamines or hydrocortisone cream.Apply it as soon as you are done being active and seek further attention if needed.
Bees are flying insects that travel in large groups and are easily identified by their black and yellow stripes. Their nests are made out of wax and can be found inside trees, walls, or on the underside of leaves. Unlike wasp nests, bee nests do not hang on a fixed structure, instead they are found on almost any surface.
A bee will only attack if it feels its nest is in danger.
Sources & references used in this article:
Dogs for dummies by G Spadafori – 2019 – books.google.com
Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds by J Crosby, SA Jackson – 2011 – books.google.com
Good boss, bad boss: How to be the best… and learn from the worst by RI Sutton – 2010 – books.google.com