Posted 3 months ago
By Kelly-Lee Wilde
Over the past 17 years I have had the pleasure of owning four boxers as well as fostering two more for Buddy’s Boxer Rescue.
My love of boxers began with Max, who I met whilst volunteering at a dog rescue. He was curled up on my backseat on his way home with me within a few hours of us meeting. I remember sitting that evening thinking what have I done, I had just moved into a new home, all the internal doors were off and I’d just taken delivery of a new leather sofa. I went to work Monday morning and came home at lunch to the louvers in being chewed shortening their length across the bay window so he could lay on there with a cushion he’d stolen from the sofa and watch the world go by…. From that day on he was known locally as the ‘the dog in the window’ and we had roller blinds fitted throughout!
Our second boxer Izzy was six years old when we adopted her and truly came alive around my daughter, always watching where she was going and would lay at the bottom of the stairs once I had taken my little one to bed. It was like all her Christmases came at once when my second daughter came along, in fact it was Izzy that noticed I was in labour before I did. She behaved strangely, never leaving my side and kept nuzzling my tummy looking up at me. Izzy had her moments, like all boxers do but generally was an amazing mama bear and true to her boxer genes! Loyal, affectionate, protective and amazing with children.
We lost Izzy just short of her 11th birthday, I swore no more, but there I was three months later submitting my application form for Buddy, aged four. He was an absolute clown and brought an air of silliness into our lives: with a tilt of his head he had you smiling.
Over the years he’s grown sensible but whenever he senses someone within the house is a little down or sad he reverts to his clown-like behaviour and never fails to bring laughter.
We’ve recently introduced Isla, our first puppy, into our family and she’s under Buddy’s wing. Her personality is amazing. She’s bold, inquisitive and fearless yet gentle and loving. We can’t wait to watch her grow and learn more reasons as to why we love this amazing breed!
Boxer dogs are truly an amazing breed, they’re fun, intelligent, friendly and devoted to their family. Their only vice being that they genuinely believe that they were bred to be lap dogs! They are my heart breed.
Vet Linda, from Pooch & Mutt, says:
1. Boxers have a noble appearance though many will have a goofy and cheerful personality. They are energetic and fun-loving with some breed member being very easy to excite. Keeping your Boxer calm can be a challenge at times and they need a good deal of exercise each day.
2. As the Boxer is a brachycephalic (short skulled) breed, they can be prone to Brachycephalic Upper Airway Syndrome. Affected dogs can have narrow nostrils, overly long soft palates and constricted windpipes. Signs can include snoring, loud breathing and an exercise intolerance. Those who are worst affected may benefit from surgical correction. Owners are advised to walk these dogs with a body harness rather than a neck collar, to take pressure off their neck.
3. Boxers need firm and consistent training as they are a strong and stubborn breed. Those who are particularly exuberant may benefit from a calming diet such as Pooch & Mutt Calm & Relaxed kibble. This diet contains high levels of L Tryptophan, the precursor to Serotonin. Serotonin is the ‘feel good hormone’ that can improve both mood and sleep when present in high enough concentrations.
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