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Old 11-27-2012, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Everyone! I've never had a Boxer pup before so Im not sure if this is typical boxer temperament... so please give me your input.

I screened the litter (at day 49) for a medium energy, human attentive, dog that would be well suited as a service animal.... only problem was the litter had THREE candidates- All three of the girls were very mellow, loved human interaction, and just PERFECT...

Fast forward a few weeks later- Lily is 10 weeks- comes when called, sits on command, will play and be in the middle of something and stop and come on command... she is SUPER mellow with the kids, great with the kitten and just PERFECT. She has qualities I cant put my finger on... but having a service animal before- I know she's going to ROCK IT!

From the sound of it- her twin sister, Lani, adopted last week, maintains the same disposition.

This breeder has been praised for her litters intelligence and obedience... I thought in getting a boxer I'd be dealing with a more jumpy, hyper, excited puppy... but Lily is just quite the lil lady!

Are these behaviors typical of a boxer puppy? I ask because I think this is going to be the last litter and if this is unique I am seriously thinking of buying the other female boxer pup!

OH! And if any of you are interested... I started a scrapbook website to chronicle our journey from puppy to certified service animal. Because I am a first time boxer owner- I'd love training tips and input from all my boxer peeps! Please leave your comments on the pics and share your stories!

Heres the link- let me know what you think.

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Old 11-27-2012, 12:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lily is absolutely adorable!!! As for "normal" boxer behaviour... is there such a thing? lol They are like people - each having their own personalities and exhibiting boxer traits. Enjoy your girl, she seems to be a total sweetheart!
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ha! Thanks Sasaola! As far as the general boxer traits I've heard they are a 'half breed'... half boxer, half human. In Lily's case this couldnt be more true!
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Lol! So very true!! They have a way of working themselves into your heart. I've never experienced this with any other dog I've ever owned!

Then you have the things they all do like wiggling their bums, woowooing and being silly. They are so much fun!
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I really don't think there is a "normal" when it comes to puppies of any breed. Just like there's no normal when it comes to human babies. They all have their own personalities which makes them all unique.

Riley sounds like he was a lot like Lily. He was a very mellow boy for most of his life.

Mason was more active, but ironically it wasn't until he got older that his energy REALLY kicked in. Now at 9.5 years old we still have our hands full with that one from time to time.

Logan is a meathead. He's a very goofy boy, but he's also sweet and cuddly when he wants to be. He's well mannered, well except for when we're eating food (we're still working on that one). I think he'd be much to bouncy for any kind of service work.

Abby is a sweetheart. She has TONS of energy outside, but when she's inside she's pretty calm. She'll play, but it's like she can flip the switch and relax when she's inside. She's still a little shy, but is coming around. I think with training she'd make a great candidate for service work.

As for your decision on getting another puppy. Just keep in mind that two puppies means twice the work in training and also twice the expense. They'll entertain each other when you're not right there which may be a plus for as well. I personally think two puppies that young would be too much for me to handle. I have Logan right now who's over 1 and Abby who's about 5 months. Just those two are a handful at times.

One other thing to really think about is that female/female pairings can sometimes have some serious problems when they mature. They may get along fine for years and then all of a sudden fights can break out and they can be serious. I'm not trying to scare you, but definitely do some reading on that aspect too. If for nothing else, if you do decide to get her you'll be ahead of the game with a plan just in case they do start fighting down the road.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Nikki is very calm too but she has her "wild" moments. She will be a year in February and I will be getting another female... Fully expecting my house to become upside down but hoping I'm a little wrong lol. I had 2 pups... Not boxers.. And it is a lot of work. They were 4 months apart and when one woke up so did the other wanting to play and I was walking my dogs in the middle of the night hoping to get more sleep before work. They wound each other up and it was hard to wind them down. After a couple years of hell I ended up with 2 dogs that loved each other and very closely bonded. I lost the youngest last month and the older one really grieved She seems to be getting better and isn't off in her own as much anymore, although I've been really working at getting her out and about. It's been 10 yrs and I still remember how much work it was. When I first got Nikki I wanted a second too but decided against it. The first one wasn't fully trained and a second made it worse. I guess it all depends on how much help you will have too. I'm hoping with Nikki being a year she will be a little controllable when Penny comes... She amazes me sometimes at how well she listens... Other times bot so much...lol. I personally wouldn't recommend 2 that young.


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Old 11-27-2012, 02:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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its funny i had the same question about rigby the boxers i encountered before him were bouncy and full of life and energy. my baby is just so calm and laid back he doesnt jump and would rather lay around and be lazy and loved on. He will play but he doesnt get out of hand he goes about things in his slow way but he has always been like that.
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At 10 weeks, my male pup was super low key... naps, cuddles, and kisses. Now at 18 weeks, he can be chill, but he can also run 20 laps around the house like a mad man. Too early to tell what they will be like... but it will all be good.

As a general rule... boxers are just awesome dogs.

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Old 11-29-2012, 06:28 AM   #9 (permalink)
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My girl was very mellow at first also. She is incredibly intelligent and picks things up so quick! But I agree...she has become crazier as she has got a bit older (8 months now). I think it was the change - took her a few weeks to get used to us and really comfortable to be herself! Enjoy your precious girl....definitely get another lol having two from the same litter would be wonderful!!


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