Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): Boxer Shepherd
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.
The first generation Boxer Shepherd is a cross between a pure Boxer and a pure German Shepherd Dog, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. Whether this mix was created by accident or design, thanks to its guarding heritage on both sides, it can be socialized and trained as an excellent watchdog by the consistent, responsible owner. An abused dog could become a problem animal.
Appearance / health:
While all mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, the Boxer Shepherd is likely to be large and quite powerful in appearance, although whether it looks more like the Boxer or more like the GSD or just a mix-up of the two breeds can be a matter of chance.
Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, if you invest the time and training to properly socialize this mix, you should expect a fine watchdog who will also enjoy participating in activities with you such as hiking, obedience training, or jogging. A bored dog could be a destructive or even a dangerous dog.
smartest dog, watch dogs, protectors
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Indie joined our family as a quiet three-month-old, straight from a rescue centre where she lived with her sister. As the non-dominant pup, the staff advised us just to take her rather than both as she would come out of her shell. (With hindsight we wish we had both). She is mainly German Shepherd with a touch of Boxer. This girl is super intelligent and seems to understand everything. I took her to training, mainly for socialisation and recall and she aced all her classes! Her favourite place is the beach where she races around like a puppy, despite turning 10 this year. She digs holes for hours, dunks herself in the ocean then rolls in the sand, we call it 'bread-crumbing'! She loves her grandparents and I am sure she knows when they are flying into town. Coming home to Indie after a day at work is a delight, she stands at the gate and gives a big loud 'wooo wooo' howl and then accidentally on purpose jumps on your foot! We introduced a Boxer puppy to our home a few years ago and she is surprisingly tolerant of him, in fact I think she may even love him just a little bit. We don't have children and she doesn't like being messed with by little ones but teens are fine. Her main traits are certainly that of the German Shepherd, she is quick to learn, even at this mature age, who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks. A not-so-good German Shepherd trait is that she is getting stiff and weaker in the back legs so we supplement her kibble with fish oils to keep her joints supple. There will never be another Indie and we are blessed to share our lives with her..
From Unitedgirl Sep 2 2016 11:04AM
Very effective allergy medication
Apoquel (oclacitinib) is a very effective allergy medication that helps control itching and skin inflammation. In the past steroid medications were the most commonly used drugs for allergies, but these have a lot of side effects, especially if given long term. They have effects all over the body in addition to he skin. Apoquel more specifically targets the skin so is less likely to cause long term systemic side effects. Apoquel is usually given twice daily for 1-2 weeks and then is giving once daily. Some dogs need it throughout the year and others need it just while their skin is flaring up. Some dogs may have vomiting or diarrhea. There is also evidence that if a dog has cancer, apoquel may cause it to progress more quickly. Therefore, I usually choose other medications for dogs who have skin tumors or other types of cancers. .
From M Teiber DVM 526 days ago
Committing to set your dog up for success
Helping your dog to avoid fearful stimuli is simple in theory but can be difficult in practice. How many times has a dog owner with a dog who has a fear of something thought, "just this once, she'll be fine" or "it's only for a minute, I don't have time to avoid this right now"?
Owners must understand that if a dog is fearful of something, that is a real emotion for the animal. The owner might understand that fireworks are harmless or that a small toddler is innocent but for a dog who is afraid, they are simply afraid.
When dogs feel fear, they have the same two options available to all animals: fight or flight. Many, many bites could be avoided if owners understood that the fear their animal feels for a certain stimuli is real and that the animal has one of two options available to them.
Unfortunately, many owners do not take their animals fear seriously until a bite occurs. A dog with wide eyes, who freezes in place, begins to lick their nose, yawns, or lowers their tail/posture are all signs of fear or emotional discomfort that can go unrecognized.
If a toddler or child approaches a dog who begins to lick their nose, avoid eye contact or freeze in place while slowly wagging their tail low they are not ok with being approached by the child. Some days they may be able to handle this if the dog has been mostly free of fear or stress. Somedays the dog may have had too many triggers. (Think of how you feel some days when you didn't get enough sleep, or a mishap occurred at work. When you get home, you may be more likely to snap at your family or have less patience.) The dog doesn't have the ability to remove themselves from the situation- the owner is responsible for that.
Thus, as owners we must respect what our dog is fearful of and do our best to seek out knowledgeable professional help in the way of a behavioral vet or trainer who works with one. Ideally, the dog can overcome the fearful stimuli but in cases where progress is only beginning or the fear is too entrenched it is best to avoid the situations which will cause the dog fear. Dogs always want to please people but it is important to know that they have their own emotions and limitations to how they can react in life.
It is our obligation to return the adoration of our dogs and protect them from fearful stimuli while also working to overcome frightening situations. .
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