I am planning on moving from So Cal to Seattle soon. Depending on what my living situation will be, I would like to get a second dog when I get there. I am hoping to find a house with a yard to rent, but may end up in an apartment. But, if I do get a decent sized house, I'd like to get another Mastiff.
So I was looking at Mastiff Rescues the other day, and between here and Seattle, there are a TON of mastiff/boxer mixes. Then I saw a boxer/mastiff mix at the PetSmart adoption event last weekend. They are equally cute. I love the Mastiff for their personality, ability to sense things, and for their intimidating size (I look like a 15 year old and I'll be in a brand new city all by myself). But they are fairly lazy. I remember with my mastiff, that although she was very obedient and saw me as the leader, it was HER that decided when we walked and when we rested. She outweighed me by far, and I was physically not able to argue with her. When she layed down in the shade, the only thing I could do was join her.
Anyway, I've been thinking about how nice it would be to have a dog that I could run with, because this 20 lb Lhasa Apso doesn't make too good of a running partner (he can barely keep up on fast walks).
I started thinking about getting one of the boxer/mastiff mixes, but I really know nothing about Boxers. Of course I would research them further before bringing one home, but I'm curious now. Are Boxers able to run? What health problems are prevalent in Boxers? Does running on a regular basis hurt them? Is there something incredibly stupid about mixing these two breeds (like the short nosed Pug and forever running Beagle)? Is there anything I should know about the Boxer breed?
Oh yeah, almost forgot....and can someone think of a cutesy designer dog name for me to call my Mastiff/Boxer Hybrid???
I don't own a Boxer myself ,I own 2 APBT.My nieghbor next to me owns a male Boxer. He's sweet and extremely active. This dog when Tito is not looking will come over and run with my dogs for like an hour non stop. He's graceful and beautiful to watch.He's good natured and great with Titos daughter and her friends. I noticed he doesn't like other male dogs , and i've seen him go after our other nieghbors Bull Mastiff a couple of times.
I had a female boxer. Best dog I ever had. High energy must be walked/ran daily or they become overweight. Mine did not get along with other animals but I have seen other boxers that do. Boxers have a natural tendency to jump up with their front feet... thus the name boxer. They are curious dogs and like to test their boundaries so continued training is a must (not that they are bad or won't listen just they like to test to see if the rules still apply). On the down side some boxers drool can be pretty bad... like on the movie Turner and Hooch bad. Health wise back and hips can be a problem but controlling their weight with diet and exercise helps with that. We also had trouble with her scent glands getting clogged. All in all great dog that is happy playing with you or just hanging out watching TV.
If you are looking for a dog to help you feel more secure this is a good dog. They are alert and very protective of their owners. Also their solid stance and lean muscle structure makes them look very intimidating. They are often mistaken for Pit Bulls. I am not sure of the ramifications of cross breeding them with A Mastiff. I do know that when you cross breed it is hard to tell what traits/temperament the offspring will have.
I have had boxer for many years. Mine are/were protective and loving. Boxers are prone to tumors and hip problems. My dogs would go 3 to 5 miles daily when they were younger. When my male was 14 he would still go 1/2 mile or so. I think mastiffs are realtivly short lived compared to Boxers. Boxers usualy will live about 12 years if their tumors dont get them. My male was a huge slobbering thing, my female not so bad. The area I live in the Boxers are exteremly in bred. White boxers are a defect. A well bre boxer should be fairly large, fairly calm and pretty smart but who knows
We too are about to buy a boxer pup. I've done a lot of research on it. Boxers are very playful and boistrous. They get fairly large and like to think they are lap dogs. If you treat them right then you will have a friend for life. even the ones from rescues are very forgiving and know when you truly love them. Be prepared if you go to shelters or rescues because some of them have very heart wrenching stories behind them. They need lots of exercise and would be a perfect running companion, but they need a variety of toys as well or they will tear your house up. Attention grabbers too. Problems common in boxers are cancer, bloat, and heart defects. 20% of boxers are born white (if you are a member of ABC and want to registered with AKC, they will not allow you to register your white boxer with AKC). They are very intellegent good with people, kids and other animals if raised with them. If you get a pup then go through AKC to find a reputable breeder in your area. If you go through a shelter then please be sure to ask them about the temperament and tell them about your current situation (kids, animals etc..)Be sure to have the dog health checked and keep on schedule with ALL vaccinations and dewormings and such. Hope this helps!
I ran into a Boxer and his person while on a hike this afternoon. He was so sweet (the dog) and I stopped and talked to his owner. She said they are typically puppies all their lives, but hers was actually pretty mellow. They're a bit smaller than I thought, but this little guy was so dang cute! Hmmmmm...maybe I'll have to get a Mastiff AND a Boxer!
My brother has raised and bred boxers for many years. They are EXTREMELY intelligent dogs (well, my brother's are at least--he spends lots of time training). They can be very intimidating and protective but respond well to commands. My nephew had a boxer that I babysat for frequently. He too was incredibly well disciplined, no kissing, no getting on furniture, etc. but after so much time with his Aunt, he learned to let loose a bit. I spoil my dogs tremendously and like to get kisses. At the end of his first week with me, we got a picture of him jumping on the bed, standing over me, giving kisses. Bowser, slobbered but other than that, he was a WONDERFUL dog. He developed cancer and is now in doggy heaven. My brother is down to his last boxer having lost his beloved breeding pair. My only complaint is that don't live long enough. But, do any of our babies?