I want to get a dog. Thinking boxer. What kind do you guys have?

  • jock_1

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    Jul 01, 2010 9:32 PM GMT
    I was thinking about getting a dog. Not a small dog or a big dog. I really like Boxers but i am not sure how they are with kids or how they behave in general. I live in the city and have 2 roommates what kind of dogs do you guys have? if anyone has a boxer, please share
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    Jul 01, 2010 10:19 PM GMT
    I am thinking about getting a Boston Terrier.Its supposed to be a good city dog
  • jock_1

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    Jul 01, 2010 10:45 PM GMT
    boston terrier is not big enough for me
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    Jul 02, 2010 12:28 AM GMT
    I have three mini dachshunds. They are great dogs with a lot of personality. If you want a larger but not huge dog, you might want to consider a standard size dachshund.

  • Daknee

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    Jul 02, 2010 12:40 AM GMT
    If your mind is not set on a particular breed only the dog size. I would let the dog choose you. That's what I did, based on a good friend's advice. I went to animals shelters and Pet Smart (weekends no kill shelters have their dogs/cats there) This dog came to me wagging her tail and smiling ( you know the way a dog can smile) Long story short I bought her and she turned out to be the best dog, smart intellegent and faithful. That was 12 years ago and I never regreted getting her. If I were to get another dog I would do the same thing again.
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    Jul 02, 2010 12:44 AM GMT
    Daknee saidIf your mind is not set on a particular breed only the dog size. I would let the dog choose you. That's what I did, based on a good friend's advice. I went to animals shelters and Pet Smart (weekends no kill shelters have their dogs/cats there) This dog came to me wagging her tail and smiling ( you know the way a dog can smile) Long story short I bought her and she turned out to be the best dog, smart intellegent and faithful. That was 12 years ago and I never regreted getting her. If I were to get another dog I would do the same thing again.


    Excellent point. Rescue dogs are great. One of my three came from the shelter as a stray. And you're right, if you have an open mind, the right dog will come up to you and choose you rather than the other way around. My little girl, Ava, was timid around everyone else when we went to look at dogs at the breeder's. But she came up to me and started licking me and, well how could i NOT take her home with me. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 02, 2010 12:45 AM GMT
    Whatever you get.. just rescue one from the pound. They do know what's going on and are eternally yours. Trust me on that...
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    Jul 02, 2010 12:57 AM GMT
    Grew up with 2 border collies... they are amazing dogs. Extremely intelligent, friendly, loyal, sweet... only problem is they have TONS of energy and aren't good city dogs, unless you are committed and willing to take them out on long walks and to the dog park consistently. Otherwise, they will get stir crazy at home and drive you mad...
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    Jul 02, 2010 1:02 AM GMT
    Go to the pound/shelters. You'll know when you've found the right dog.
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    Jul 02, 2010 1:03 AM GMT
    Italian Greyhounds are terrific lap dogs that make absolutely wonderful house pets. They are very loving, loyal, and playful. My sweet IG turned 15 last month and although her hearing and sight are slowly leaving her, she still has the sweetest disposition. Because they are not commonly seen dogs, they get a lot of attention when we go for walks.
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    Jul 02, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    A friend at work just got a ... Boxador...Boxer Lab mix. Supposed to be the best of both worlds.
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    Jul 02, 2010 1:08 AM GMT
    I have a boxer who just turned 4 a couple months ago. He's big for a boxer- now weighing 96 pounds! Check my profile for a couple pics of him. They love and need someone to play with, either from people or other dogs. If you're going to be in a situation where you'll have to be away for extended periods I would recommend looking for another breed. Also, they have lots of energy and need a yard to play in, or at least several good long walks a day to burn it off. Otherwise they'll be miserable and take it out on your stuff.

    My boxer is great around kids and seems to know that the he needs to be gentle with them. He's also very protective of his of his family when strangers are present. However, he doesn't do all that great around other male dogs he doesn't know. I got his ears cropped, but it was a tough and long recovery for him. Looking back, I wouldn't have done it knowing what I know now.

    If trained properly they're very well behaved and obedient. He's four now (almost middle-aged for a boxer), but he still has the personality of a puppy- always acting a clown. I've had dogs my whole life, but he has been without a doubt the best I've ever had. I'd highly recommend them.
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    Jul 02, 2010 1:10 AM GMT
    Luckydog76 saidWhatever you get.. just rescue one from the pound. They do know what's going on and are eternally yours. Trust me on that...


    Absolutely right!!! Do NOT get a dog for the "image"... do yourself and a homeless dog a favor and adopt one from a shelter.
    I'm a groomer, and I have VERY wealthy clients who have the hired help deliver their dogs, or if they bring them in, they're driving Bentley convertibles....and MANY of them have rescue dogs. They tell me they have had the best luck with these dogs because they will give you total
    unconditional love and are soooo grateful to have a home!!!
    And who knows... you just might find a sweet boxer to take home!! There are lots of full bred dogs in shelters...people get them then realize it was a mistake and turn them lose to fend for themselves.
    In my grooming experience, I'd do a rescue dog any day over a pedigreed, spoiled rotten little Bichon!!! You won't regret it!!
  • jock_1

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    Jul 02, 2010 10:39 PM GMT
    i thought about rescue or shelter dogs and will def check out those places but my friend recently had a rescue dog and had to put it down after a year cos it turned on his kids 2 times. i don"t want to get a dog with emotional stress from a past owner
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    Jul 02, 2010 10:50 PM GMT
    As others have said: go to the pound, see who you like....
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    Jul 02, 2010 11:03 PM GMT
    In addition to the pound, there are breed-specific rescue organizations. Not only are they experts on the breed, they can help you select a dog with a personality best suited for you.
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    Jul 02, 2010 11:07 PM GMT
    i have a pure bred black lab and a great dane.. the lab is a good family dog and she is active the great dane is more like a urban type of dog you need to make sure it excessive alot i take him running and to my practices personally. i suggest the lab there a great starting dog
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    Jul 02, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
    I haven't had a dog in 12 years, so here's the only limited advice I can offer from my previous experience: don't get a Samoyed unless you have acres of winter wonderland in your backyard for it to pull a sled around.
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    Jul 02, 2010 11:13 PM GMT
    Boxers are sweet dogs.... but be warned:

    the in-breeding has caused them to have big issues with getting tumors, having heart issues, and skin problems as well. They aren't the healthiest of breeds. My sister's fiance had two... both died prematurely of cancer icon_sad.gif .... they also snore and have really bad issues with farting. lol.

    There are many great breeds that are a bit healthier and that are in a medium size range....

    I have a Whippet.... they are the SWEETEST dogs you can find. A little timid, but you'll never have to worry about one biting a stranger or even another dog. THey are gorgeous, easy to house train, and generally very healthy dogs. (I am biased, but I do think they are one of the best breeds out there). They are a smaller version of a greyhound.... tall (20-22" to the shoulder) and slim, usually about 30-40 lbs.

    Here's a Whippet:

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    greyhound-whippet-ig.jpg (The Whippet is in the middle, smaller than the Greyhound, but bigger than the Italian Greyhound)

    Other great medium-large breeds include:

    - Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
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    - Viszla
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    - German Shorthaired Pointer (they have a ton of energy, though)
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    - Border Collie - perfect size, amazing temperment, but highly energetic
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    - Siberian Husky
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    - Basset Hound (sweet, adorable, playful, easygoing, easy maintenance)

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    Irish Terrier
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    Jul 02, 2010 11:18 PM GMT
    I have 2 Great Pyr's. Preobably too big. The dog in the picture w/me is a Samoyed. He was large for his breed at 85#. Males are usually around 65. I would have another in a second. Smart, loving, good w/kids and just a damn good friend. Love my Pyr's too, but miss my Samoyed.
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    Jul 02, 2010 11:26 PM GMT
    Whippet? Isn't that a song from Devo? JK.....seriously has anyone here ever had a Siberian Husky? They're gorgeous dogs but not sure as to their temperament....
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    Jul 02, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    I have a Jack Russell/Rat terrier mix.
    She's a medium sized dog, and a bundle of energy. She loves to cuddle and is pushy to get pets. She will paw my hand to make me pet her.

    My dog has a great tempertrment, and a perky personality. She's 10 now, and only had a few medical problems.
  • twostroke

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    Jul 02, 2010 11:45 PM GMT
    we got ours from the dog refuge. She was the first one to start barking around and jumping on my boyfriends lap. No race, just a dog.
    with us for the last eight years and right now snoring on the sofa.

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    Jul 02, 2010 11:56 PM GMT
    I have a Weimaraner, they are a cross between the Vizsla and Bloodhound. They are great for hunters and/or VERY active people. They are high energy and require a lot of exercise. The females are around 70# and the males 80#. Though mine is a very muscular/lean 90#. And requires very tough chew toys.

    Get a breed that FITS your lifestyle! Don't just pick one because it is cute. You also need to realize they will cost up to $1000 a year for food, grooming, vet bills and toys, (depending on the size you choose). The larger the size, the larger the piles and the larger the food bill.

    The companionship is well worth all the time and money!

    Dogs 101 is a great show to watch to find the breed that is best for you.

    Weimaraner300x261.jpg Weimarner

    hungarian_vizsla_01a.jpg Vizsla

    Bloodhound_800.jpg Bloodhound

    Not suggesting you get a purebred. Just be aware of the breed personalities and that they fit you.

    Good luck.
  • SoCalGuy82

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    Jul 03, 2010 12:05 AM GMT
    I have a Yellow Lab mix, that I rescued from the pound. He's such a great dog!