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Old 11-15-2012, 09:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I am trying to decided which to purchase a European or UK boxer. I have a European boxer now and i just love him so much, however he has an enormous prey drive and energy through the roof. I have always had American boxers and im not used to this. I am just wandering if the UK boxers have that same temperament? I have heard that they are the most mellow and calm of all the boxers. Any advise would be great!
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I dont have any UK lines. I have American lines or Euro lines and you are correct, they have different energy requirements.

My American lines have some Euro influence in them. I find them laid back, willing to be where ever I am am. They do enjoy a good run and play every day but they are also content to just chill out on the couch.

My Euros....lol. Are always on the move. Its not that they are hyper, its just that they have a stronger drive and need more stimulation. They need/crave being given a job and they are toy obsessed. When we go out in the field they do laps around my other guys. I strongly recommend them for very active homes.
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I dont have any UK lines. I have American lines or Euro lines and you are correct, they have different energy requirements.

My American lines have some Euro influence in them. I find them laid back, willing to be where ever I am am. They do enjoy a good run and play every day but they are also content to just chill out on the couch.

My Euros....lol. Are always on the move. Its not that they are hyper, its just that they have a stronger drive and need more stimulation. They need/crave being given a job and they are toy obsessed. When we go out in the field they do laps around my other guys. I strongly recommend them for very active homes.

What am I getting myself into?? LOL JK
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I think the main difference is that the UK and Euro lines have a more drivey, intense, sharper temperament than Americans on the whole. Duke is all American lines, but actually quite decently drivey and is not as laid back as some other Americans I've noticed. As far as I've found in his pedigree he doesn't have any close European ancestors, but some lines do have the more correct temperament (or in my mind at least) to be more drivey. I just believe Duke's is one of those lines.

Least drivey is American, then UK, then European is most drivey on the whole I believe.


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You are getting an American/Euro puppy, its all about balance Bahahaha

Ask Joann how Peanut and Blue are. They look like pretty good couch potatoes to me but I am sure they get a lot of stimulation at her house.
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You are getting an American/Euro puppy, its all about balance Bahahaha

Ask Joann how Peanut and Blue are. They look like pretty good couch potatoes to me but I am sure they get a lot of stimulation at her house.

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I have an American/Eur cross and he is a spaz! Granted he's 7.5 mo old, but he is energy, energy, all the time. There is no couch potato at all :/ lol. He's extremely independent and extremely toy driven, not so much food driven but u get his ball out and he goes 3rd world crazy. Lol and he HATES to be ignored. If u are on ur phone , computer or watching tv and not throwing the ball he will do everything poss to get ur attention


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My Pup is 100% Euro and his drive is through the roof! I am having such a hard time training him. He goes into his mode of what i call the "tunnel of terror" and will not hear a word o say, other times hes great. Any training suggestions for a pup with a very high drive? My mom is getting a 1/2 UK 1/2 Euro pup from the same breeder this summer so i hope her pup is more mellow.
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I am glad this info was posted I don't know the background of my female Dually but have noticed her having a serious prey drive where my male could watch anything from a squirrel to a big buck walk by him and not care. I too am having issues with training her about can be trying at times. But we r trying to be consistent and remind her who the boss is


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I was looking at European lines for my next agility pup. However, I've heard that they can be too drivey and sometimes uncontrollable as in trying to control that drive, especially if obtaining through working lines. I want a dog that can be for working and a pet. Pet is important to me first off, so I have leaned more towards UK lines. More drive than American lines, but not as much a Euro lines. It also depends on the individual dogs personality. Which is why temperament testing is important before obtaining a new puppy. Higher drived dogs should be placed in very active homes (working, hiking, running, etc) otherwise issues will arise IMO.

I know a few people who have Euro dogs that say they are awesome working dogs, but not ideal to live with as a pet. So just be careful when selecting your puppy.

My next pup who I hope to obtain in the spring will be a mix of American and UK.. Can't wait
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