German Shepherd Boxer Mix Breed Profile:
The German Shepherd Boxer is one of the most popular dog breeds in Germany. They are known for their loyalty, love of family and affectionate nature. The breed originated from the ancient hunting dogs which were bred to hunt wild boar and other game animals such as rabbits or hares. These dogs have been used since time immemorial as guard dogs for farmers’ homes, barns, stables or even as war dogs.
There are various types of German Shepherds. There are the working type which are used for herding livestock, guarding farms and farm buildings, police dogs and search and rescue teams. They work hard and they do not like to be left alone so they need a lot of exercise. The second type is called the show dog which is used primarily for shows or competitions where it must perform well in order to win prizes. The third type is the family pet which is very loyal and loves children.
These dogs are usually medium sized but there are some that reach up to nearly eight feet tall. Their coats vary from a light colored coat with white markings all the way to a dark brown or black coat with black markings. Some have short legs while others have long ones. These dogs weigh between 20 and 30 pounds depending on their breed and age at time of purchase.
These dogs are very popular in the military and police force and may even be seen guarding the White House in Washington. They can work for extended periods without tiring and love to have a job to do. They are also very protective of their owners and families and will attack an intruder without a moments hesitation. German Shepherds require a lot of exercise and a firm but fair master who has respect from the dog.
These dogs are often called ‘velcro dogs’ as they enjoy being close to their owners most of the time. They are affectionate and love to be where the family is. They are not really good for people who live alone or who are away from home for long periods of time as they suffer from separation anxiety. It is cruel to leave a dog for extended periods of time as it leads to depression and other health issues.
Common Health Issues
German Shepherds rarely suffer from serious health issues but they do have problems with hip and elbow dysplasia, OCD, eye problems and bloat. Many breeders will not sell puppies to buyers who they feel will not be able to provide the correct amount of exercise for their new pet. Grooming is also important. The German Shepherd sheds a lot so they need regular grooming to keep their coats free of dirt and debris.
New owners should be prepared for a large dog which will need plenty of space to run around and exercise. These dogs are very intelligent and need mental stimulation as well as physical so they should be included in family activities or encouraged to have their own hobbies such as agility or tracking.
The German Shepherd is one of the most loyal and popular guard dogs. They are intelligent, protective and hard working so they are a favorite among farmers, police officers and the military alike. They are loved by their owners and hated by anyone they are warned to be wary of.
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