Boxer Dogs 101: What Are Boxer Pups All About?
The name “boxer” comes from the word box, which refers to the shape of their ears. They are one of the most popular breeds in the world because they have a very strong and sturdy body. Their coats are soft and fluffy, making them ideal for people who like to cuddle or snuggle up with them. A boxer puppy will grow into a healthy adult dog that is very loyal and affectionate towards its family members.
Boxers come in many colors including black, brown, chocolate, cream, fawn, grayish white (or any other color), red and silver. Some boxers have spots while others do not. There are different types of markings such as straight lines, wavy lines, whiskers, patches, stripes and various combinations of these.
There are several different sizes ranging from tiny to medium sized. The average weight ranges between 4-6 pounds. Most boxers weigh around 5 pounds when fully grown. Boxer puppies vary in size depending on the litter they were born into.
Some boxers have been known to live up to 20 years old!
How Much Do They Cost?
Most boxers are sold through breeders and pet stores and cost around $600. If you get one from a breeder, make sure to do thorough research on the breeder as not all of them are ethical.
How much training has the dog had? How is its temperament?
Make sure that the breeder provides you with all the information you request. If a breeder cannot or will not provide this information, find a new breeder. Reputable breeders will be willing and able to answer all of your questions.
When looking for a pet store, avoid stores that sell puppies in little cages. These puppies are typically mass produced in puppy mills where they don’t get enough attention, love or medical care.
Instead of going through a breeder or pet store, you can adopt a boxer from a shelter or rescue group. Boxer dogs end up in shelters or rescue groups for various reasons. It could be something as simple as the owner being forced to move into a place that doesn’t allow pets. Whatever the reason, there are lots of boxers needing a good home right now.
You can also adopt a retired racing dog. Many states are now banning greyhound racing due to the exploitation of animals. When racing is banned, many of these dogs are abandoned or given away since they’re no longer profitable.
Reputable breeders, shelters and rescue groups will not sell dogs for under $500 because they have spent a lot of money caring for and breeding the dog. If someone is selling a boxer for under $500, think twice and do your research first.
How to Care For a Boxer
Taking care of a boxer is not an easy task. They are very high-maintenance and require a lot of time, patience and attention. You have to be willing to make time for them everyday or else they can become destructive.
Boxers do best in homes with out kids. Kids can be very mean and tease the dog, especially when they are little and cannot fight back. It only takes a couple times for a kid to hit the dog for the dog to learn to hate all children. This can lead to biting, which could lead to the dog getting put down.
If you work all day, do not get a dog. Dogs need interaction and they need to be taken out to relieve themselves frequently. If you are at work all day, a dog will most likely bark the entire time until you come home, which will annoy your neighbors.
Boxers are very clean animals and unlike other dogs do not like to get dirty or muddy. They would prefer to spend all day lying around on the carpet rather than go rolling in filth. They also don’t like to swim, which is why many of them don’t like going in the water.
Because boxers are so loyal and obedient, they make excellent service animals for disabled veterans. They have been known to help these veterans with a wide range of tasks such as opening doors, turning lights on and off and picking up objects.
The boxer is a medium-sized breed of dog with a muscular body and a strong neck. They have a broad and squarish head, round eyes, small ears that point inwards and a short muzzle. Their tails are long and taper to a point.
Their coats are short and stand away from their body. Common colors include fawn, brindled, black or white. There is no wrong or right color, as long as the coat is a even color all over and does not have spots or splotches.
Female boxers are generally smaller than the males and often have proportionately longer bodies and lighter heads.
What is a Bulldog?
Bulldogs are a breed of dog that have heavy heads, wrinkled faces, wide chests and muscular bodies. Despite their fierce appearance and reputation, they are affectionate, patient and tolerant with children and make good companion dogs.
A bulldog is a type of breed and not a specific dog. The term “bulldog” refers to at least three specific breeds of dog: the English Bulldog, American Bulldog and the Olde Bulldogge. They share the same general characteristics but have some different breed standards.
The English Bulldog is one of the oldest dog breeds with records of them being traced back to ancient times. They were bred by English herders to help them herd cattle and catch straying animals.
The American Bulldog is also a herding dog with a heavy head and muscular body. They were bred in the United States to herd cattle but are now often kept as pets.
The Olde Bulldogge is a smaller and older breed of bulldog that is even closer to the original bull-baiting dog. They were bred in England for bull-baiting but are rarely seen in the modern age.
All three types of bulldogs have similar traits and appearances, although their temperaments can vary based on breeding and environment. All of the bulldog breeds are known for their courage, loyalty, confidence and intelligence.
Did You Know?
Bulldogs can tolerate hotter environments better than most dog breeds. When left outside in the heat for long periods of time they will be panting heavily but they won’t suffer sunstroke or other heatstroke.
Bulldogs have heavy heads due to the amount of muscle in their skulls. It is not uncommon for the muscles in their heads to be more developed than the muscles in their legs.
Bulldogs often suffer from health issues such as breathing difficulties, knee problems, hip dysplasia, cancer, heart problems and obesity. They are a breed that require a lot of maintenance and care.
Bulldogs have an interesting way of sleeping. They sleep in a rigid “fetal” position and they snore very loudly. They often snore louder than larger dog breeds.
A bulldog named “Heidi” is mentioned in the original version of the children’s story “The Little Engine That Could.”
The mascot for the football team Auburn University is a bulldog called “Big Al.”
President Theodore Roosevelt owned a Bull Terrier, which is a smaller breed of bulldog. His name was “Pete” and he even went for a walk with the President once!
The term “dogged” comes from the Old English word “dag,” which means dog. A “dough-gled” is a dog with jaws strong enough to bite through anything.
The average bulldog lives between 8 and 10 years.
Elwood, also known as “Elwood the Bulldog” is one of the most famous American Bulldogs. He is known for playing the role of “Petey the Pup” in the “Our Gang” films when he was a puppy.
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