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Old 09-09-2017, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Boxing trait genetic?

We all know that boxers box when they play, but is this genetic or learned behavior? I'm asking here because I thought there might be a breeder who had to bottle feed a pup, without the benefit of mom time or other boxer exposure.
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It's a reasonable question and I don't know and can't prove but I'm gonna say yes it's "Genetic." Boxers are the only breed I've ever seen that routinely throw punches and hooks with their front paws???
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I'm not an expert either, but I think it's genetic too. I think their bean or wiggle is also ingrained in their genes, like drooling, snoring.....the gas... OK- the gas is probably from various foods and their tendency to have sensitive stomachs....

If this is your first boxer, make sure you always watch or control their paws when they are near your face. They use their 'arms' more than most breeds (at least in my experience) and they can hit or scratch you without intent.
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Boxers box.. it's not learned, it's just the breed. As for kidney beaning.... I have noticed that none of my tailed boxers do it. That tail does all the work. It's almost like the kidney beaning is to compensate for the lack of tail.
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My boxer Frey (recently passed) taught Tyr our Malinois how to box. They grew up from puppies together, well they had a year together from puppies. So while it is for sure a genetic trait it can also be learned.
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My boxer Frey (recently passed) taught Tyr our Malinois how to box. They grew up from puppies together, well they had a year together from puppies. So while it is for sure a genetic trait it can also be learned.
LOL it can be an annoying, trait to be picked up?? Other dogs may not be fans of being circled at high speed, hopped on in attempts to knock them over and punched in the face??

Doggie day care comes to mind, "take your dog" and uh don't come back, thank you. Boxers are usually the first to get kicked out and GSD owners tend to be right behind them. (Assuming no or minimal, training with the GSD.) But lot's of pros use GSD's and Mal's in aggressive dog rehab work. I've not see a Boxer doing that job anywhere?? Although if any trainer is using a Boxer in that capacity, on here it would be bte 2.

But as a learned trait, another agile dog could pick it up I would imagine?? My American Dawg was kinda uh .. .awkward, so there was not much of him ever learning that particular trait.
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Tyr isn't great at it compared to a boxer but he does do it. It's not his go to or anything but he got his butt wooped in many wrestling matches by Frey who was 30lbs smaller. Only natural he might try and use the same method i think.
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