Hi guys...I'm new to this forum, and I would like to ask you guys a question... After careful deliberation, and many, many discussions...my husband and I have narrowed it down to 2 breeds. I want a Boxer, and my husband wants a English Bulldog. We have 2 children ages 3 and 1. I was wondering if anybody could give me some advice as to maybe which breed would be better for our family?? We owned a boxer before, but he died in 2004 of seizures, so I know exactly what type of dog I would be getting, but I don't know that much about Bulldogs. Any info is appreciated.
It depends on what kind of things you are looking for in a dog. If you want one that will be very active, and like to play all the time, i would get a boxer. We just got a bulldog about 2/3 weeks ago. We love him. They tend to sleep alot, but are also active at the same time (but not to hyper) They also can run into alot of health problems though. I would reccomend you get a bulldog, as it would love you and your family forever. Bulldogs are also very loyal, and somewhat easy to take care of.
Hi. Have you thought of a Boston Terrier? They have the "bulldog" look, but don't slobber and they have a beautiful alert expression. They are very smart, shed very little, make good apartment dogs, and great family pets. They love children, and are not barkers. I can't speak highly enough of the breed. They also don't have as much of the breathing problems as an English Bulldog. Mine are just beautiful and so smart--they are almost human. CeCe
I am completely biased, because I am a boxer person. I truely like everything about them, and I trust my dogs 100%, and I don't mind people with families adopting my puppies. We have 'tried on' several other breeds, but boxers are, and always have been my favorite. They are my heart.
***Edited By: alicat1 on 6/5/2006 6:44:18 PM*** Reason: ad
Don't agree at all. Any dog CAN be aggressive, but in general that is NOT a boxer trait.
Here is the AKC definition of a boxer:
Character and Temperament These are of paramount importance in the Boxer. Instinctively a hearing guard dog, his bearing is alert, dignified, and self-assured. In the show ring his behavior should exhibit constrained animation.
With family and friends, his temperament is fundamentally playful, yet patient and stoical with children.
Deliberate and wary with strangers, he will exhibit curiosity, but, most importantly, fearless courage if threatened. However, he responds promptly to friendly overtures honestly rendered. His intelligence, loyal affection, and tractability to discipline make him a highly desirable companion. Any evidence of shyness, or lack of dignity or alertness, should be severely penalized.
because of the young age of your children, i would suggest the english bulldog. my sister has three boxers. beautiful loving dogs, BUT they are very rambunctious dogs. all three of them. i could never see them intentionally hurting a child, but it could very well happen accidently. when i visit my sister, i always play with the dogs. they have knocked me down more than once.
my neighbor has an english bulldog. he is a big baby. when she has him in the playground area here, the kids are all over him and all he does is alot of face licking.
***Edited By: dusty082155 on 6/5/2006 7:50:45 PM*** Reason: spell
That is true. They have wiggle butt and they are not aware of their size at times. I find males are worse about that. Most of my girls are protective and conciderate of young ones. I had at least 8-10 box heads all ages running around when my son was born. You know, it is about supervising.
Now this is a tough question to answer! Both breeds offer such great qualities. I'd have to say... what breed would best suit your life style. Boxer's as a rule are not aggressive but do need a lot of exercise. :)
Hey guys..thanks for all your repsonses. We, at this point, are still undecided. Sorry it has taken me this long to reply, I just know that I should give it 12 hours at least for other people to respond.
I talked with a Boxer breeder in my area... I have found a place that sound good, on the phone, but I will definately know for sure when I go and visit. The boxer breeder has a health guarantee of 3 years on health, hips, heart. It comes with a "puppy package", new collar, it is registered with the Canadian Kennel Club. I have also contact a vet clinic in my area that the vet and one of the girls that works there, both have a boxer from this lady, and both are happy with their dogs, and with how this lady does things. I was on the phone with her for almost an hour. She told me to contact other breeders as well, then she told me to ask the same questions for each one, and compare that way. I phoned a couple of Bulldog breeders, and e-mailed a couple, I am still waiting to hear back. Maybe later today, maybe tomorrow.
I do have one more question. With Bulldogs, is it true that because their bodies are so stocky, they can't turn around to clean themselves, so after they do their business, you need to clean them?? I have heard that you should take baby wipes to clean out their wrinkles, and use vaseline on their noses, is that true?
I appreciate everyone's insight on this, and once a final decision is made, I will let you guys know.
Hi just wanted to let you guys know that a couple of the Bulldog breeders, e-mailed me back. The one breeder said that she gives a health guarantee of one year. The second breeder said that for $2500.00 I could have an older pup, and if I wanted a new puppy then I was going to looking at $3500.00-$4000.00 and up, and with that info, I think we will continue to look at other breeders.
We still haven't decided on anything. But when we do I will let you know
If you want, i can give you the name/website of the breeder that we got our little bulldog from. We are VERY happy with her service. She told us everything we needed to know. Let me know if you would like to know her name/website and i will give you my e-mail, or you can give me yours. Just let me know. She has 2 litters availible now, and they are all beautiful puppies. I just cant believe how every puppy from every littler of hers is so beautiful.
Here are some pictures of our pup Winston that we got from her:
Regarding Bulldogs and their inability to clean their own behinds, it's true. And actually quite funny to see our Kramer try and do it. I think he gets upset cause he can't but I can assure you I have NEVER had to wipe his butt. :) Thankfully!
I do clean his wrinkles in his face and that's true of most bulldogs b/c they can get nasty infections in there...
All in all I adore my Bulldog and would get another one in a heartbeat.
I would be wary of the price of some of the bullies you are looking at. Some people just breed them for the money. We paid $1,900 for our guy from a breeder in FL and while he was expensive, he wasn't $4,000....so do lots of research before you plunk down that kind of money.
$4000 is alot of money for a pup even given that you are offered a health guarantee. Is that the normal price range for an english bulldog? I find that boxers are the cream of the crop, they have personality plus and retain their youthfullness right through their life, they can be a little rambuctious but proper training can eradicate this problem somewhat, I don't think there is a breed of dog that is more demonstrative with its affection than a boxer. Having said this perhaps with small children an english bulldog may be more adequate depending on the age of the kids.