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Boxer wanted...suggestions?

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The next year, if everything's going on the right way, I would love to take a Boxer. I love these dogs but I'm not really informed about the breed.
Does anybody has it or knows something particular and please call tell me more?
Is there maybe a good breeding in Switzerland?

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Re: Boxer wanted...suggestions?

You'll need

a) to do the theory part of the mandatory SKN course before any reputable breeder or refuge will let you have a dog.

b) check with your landlord/agency if you have one that a boxer would be okay. Sometimes small dogs are fine, but bigger breeds aren't welcome.
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You'll need

a) to do the theory part of the mandatory SKN course before any reputable breeder or refuge will let you have a dog.

b) check with your landlord/agency if you have one that a boxer would be okay. Sometimes small dogs are fine, but bigger breeds aren't welcome.


Thank you! I already have had a Golden Retriever and I prefer the bigger breeds.
I'll check everything, taking a dog is an important choice

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Oh, thank you for the suggestion, I'll consider your idea

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Re: Boxer wanted...suggestions?

I don't know about breeders in Zurich but I've lived with boxers my entire life and can say they are my favourite breed in the world. They are a lot of work though, lots of energy, they love to play, they love attention, sometimes (often times?) they'll cause trouble just to get that attention. They're fiercely loyal and loving, can be the biggest goofs in the world, are absolutely phenomenal around children, love to run, chase, and not always return.

If you have the space and place for the dog to play, a boxer is a really really outstanding dog. I'd say the downsides to them are health problems (they generally don't live much beyond 8-10yrs, I don't think any of ours lived beyond 10), but no matter what the pet the journey always ends in tears. It's the 10 years of laughter and joy they'll give you that counts

Also, if you ever get a boxer and need help or a weekend home for it, you just let me know...

I've seen a couple around the last few days, both brindle puppies, absolutely adorable.

Probably a good place to start looking: http://www.boxerclub-zuerich.ch/

Good luck and pics must be provided if you find your puppy

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I don't know about breeders in Zurich but I've lived with boxers my entire life and can say they are my favourite breed in the world. They are a lot of work though, lots of energy, they love to play, they love attention, sometimes (often times?) they'll cause trouble just to get that attention. They're fiercely loyal and loving, can be the biggest goofs in the world, are absolutely phenomenal around children, love to run, chase, and not always return.

If you have the space and place for the dog to play, a boxer is a really really outstanding dog. I'd say the downsides to them are health problems (they generally don't live much beyond 8-10yrs, I don't think any of ours lived beyond 10), but no matter what the pet the journey always ends in tears. It's the 10 years of laughter and joy they'll give you that counts

Also, if you ever get a boxer and need help or a weekend home for it, you just let me know...

I've seen a couple around the last few days, both brindle puppies, absolutely adorable.

Probably a good place to start looking: http://www.boxerclub-zuerich.ch/

Good luck and pics must be provided if you find your puppy

Matt


Hi Matt, thank you very much for all the informations.

I can't explain my passion for Boxer, but I'm sure it could be the perfect friend for me and my boyfriend
Honestly I was thinking about a female cause I already have a good idea for the name , anyway someone told me they're really sweet and perfect with children, as you said, but they need a lot of attentions.

I can't wait to get a puppy, and I'll definitely post the pictures!

Thanks a lot again

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Re: Boxer wanted...suggestions?

Hello. I know nothing about breeders in Switzerland, but I have had the pleasure of adopting two boxers when they were puppies and unwanted by their previous owners. They're a fantastic breed!!! As far as my experience, this is what I loved about boxers:

-friendly and very loyal
-short hair and easy to bath if you get them accustomed to baths early
-lovely facial expressions (and hilarious)
-somewhat pretentious (in a good way) (They act as if they're royalty, or at least mine did. )
-love to walk every day (I walked mine 2-4 miles per day, so make sure you're up for an active dog if you choose this breed.)
-large dog
-energetic
-ears- born with floppy ears (My Sarge, as can be seen in the picture, had his ears cropped before I adopted him, but the natural floppy ears are my preference, as I think cropping ears is cruel and painful to the animal.)
-funny circle dance when they see you when you first arrive home or when they get excited (This makes them endearing as far as I'm concerned!)
-definitely a family dog
-very emotional in a good way (Mine would turn around, face their back toward me, and sigh & huff and puff if they felt I was not paying them appropriate attention.)
-They love to snuggle; they'll happily sleep at the bottom of the bed if you allow it. (or right beside it)
-Food: They can certainly chow and will eat too much if you allow it. (I measure their food because they think every meal is the last meal, but I suppose many dogs do.)
-Bark: They bark when they hear noises, but you can temper this with good training.
-I worked with mine for 5-15 minutes per session about 6-8 times per day the first 5 months to train them; I suggest significant training, and you will have an excellent dog.
-Mine lived (healthily) to 12 and 14 years.
-Great with children.
-can be great with cats (if you own them) if you teach them properly
-Make sure you want a large breed.

Question: Would I get another boxer?
Answer: Yes! Absolutely! (if I were willing to do the work)

*My dog, Sarge in the picture, is an albino boxer.

Note: I love boxer muts, too! They're great!!!

I hope this helps you!!! Good luck with your decision.
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Hello. I know nothing about breeders in Switzerland, but I have had the pleasure of adopting two boxers when they were puppies and unwanted by their previous owners. They're a fantastic breed!!! As far as my experience, this is what I loved about boxers:

-friendly and very loyal
-short hair and easy to bath if you get them accustomed to baths early
-lovely facial expressions (and hilarious)
-somewhat pretentious (in a good way) (They act as if they're royalty, or at least mine did. )
-love to walk every day (I walked mine 2-4 miles per day, so make sure you're up for an active dog if you choose this breed.)
-large dog
-energetic
-ears- born with floppy ears (My Sarge, as can be seen in the picture, had his ears cropped before I adopted him, but the natural floppy ears are my preference, as I think cropping ears is cruel and painful to the animal.)
-funny circle dance when they see you when you first arrive home or when they get excited (This makes them endearing as far as I'm concerned!)
-definitely a family dog
-very emotional in a good way (Mine would turn around, face their back toward me, and sigh & huff and puff if they felt I was not paying them appropriate attention.)
-They love to snuggle; they'll happily sleep at the bottom of the bed if you allow it. (or right beside it)
-Food: They can certainly chow and will eat too much if you allow it. (I measure their food because they think every meal is the last meal, but I suppose many dogs do.)
-Bark: They bark when they hear noises, but you can temper this with good training.
-I worked with mine for 5-15 minutes per session about 6-8 times per day the first 5 months to train them; I suggest significant training, and you will have an excellent dog.
-Mine lived (healthily) to 12 and 14 years.
-Great with children.
-can be great with cats (if you own them) if you teach them properly
-Make sure you want a large breed.

Question: Would I get another boxer?
Answer: Yes! Absolutely! (if I were willing to do the work)

*My dog, Sarge in the picture, is an albino boxer.

Note: I love boxer muts, too! They're great!!!

I hope this helps you!!! Good luck with your decision.


Woooooow, thank you so much!

After all these informations I'm pretty sure I'll take one of these adorable dogs! But I still have time to decide about the sex, the colour... Also if think one of the best ways to choose a dog, it's simply go and see the first puppy that comes to you
Your Boxer in the picture is fantastic

Having a dog is a wonderful experience, now I just have any other projects but as I said in my post, if everything will go as I'm planning, I'll have my lovely Boxer as soon as possible


Have a good evening!
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After all these informations I'm pretty sure I'll take one of these adorable dogs! But I still have time to decide about the sex, the colour... Also if think one of the best ways to choose a dog, it's simply go and see the first puppy that comes to you
MikiJ, it's heartwarming to see someone so enthusiastic about the possibility of a new furry friend...

... but if I could add just a dose of caution:

The first step is to thoroughly explore breed characteristics to ensure that you and your family can offer what the dog's instictive character needs. Sounds like you are doing just that now, so good on ya. But as you continue your research, do think about what the next 10-15 years will bring in your life.


But before you go further, before you choose your puppy, there is another step: Please carefully research breeders. This needs to be the first step after deciding on a breed, and needs to be done long before you get caught in the emotional tug brought on by a pair of winsome puppy eyes.

There are good breeders, who work for the good of the breed, trying to improve health and temperament, who do all that is required to test the potential pair for inherited disease, who have solid puppy socialization programs in place, who keep the welfare of their dogs at the forefront of all their efforts.

And there are also evil barstewards who think of nothing but money, who couldn't care less about the dogs, whose dogs live and die in filthy inhumane conditions, who produce sick or genetically compromised dogs, whose pups are mentally scarred. These are the battery farmers, the Hundemafia, the puppy mills, the back yard breeders. But often these evil scum pose as caring people, they have pretty shiny websites, they say plausible sounding things. But when you dig deeper the truth comes out.

Do not buy from disreputable sources. Don't add to the problem.

Switzerland is unfortunately full of battery farmed puppies. The Swiss will pay several thousands for a puppy so the conmen and battery farmers are very active here. Yes, there are strict regulations covering import - on paper. There are decent regulations in the breed clubs, and under the TSchV. But the reality is that unless an egregious case catches headlines, the irresponsible seem to be able to keep selling. So it is up to you, the buyer, to do indepth due diligence on all breeders you are considering.

Towards that end, here is a good thread on chosing a reputable breeder in Switzerland:
How to spot a reputable breeder

Please also see the BLV's website Mein Heimtier:
http://www.meinheimtier.ch/de/hunde

Especially the section, 'Vor dem Kauf eines Hundes':
http://www.blv.admin.ch/themen/tiers...x.html?lang=de

Be aware that it's isn't quite as simple as rocking up to a breeder with cash and coming home with a pup. Good breeders usually want to vet prospective buyers well ahead of time, often before the mating or birth. Plan to be interviewed, be ready to discuss why you will be a good owner, what you can offer the dog. Some breeders have waiting lists, sometimes months or years.

Please read up on the various Boxer health issues, and when you speak to a breeder ask for evidence of the tests. A good breeder will be glad you have asked and will be happy to answer any and all questions. Any breeder who sidesteps this question is a bad breeder, run away. It is also a good idea to follow through with the vet who did the health checks on the parents, by the way.

And just as important as researching health testing is the researching a breeder's early socialization program. This is critical to giving a pup a good start in life.

If you decide on a breeder outside of Switzerland, do be aware that tail docking and ear cropping are forbidden here. Boxers are (shamefully) still docked, some even cropped, in many countries. As you are already resident here you will not be allowed to import a pup that has been docked, the long term family pet exemption is not available to you.

(IMO, a breeder who still practices docking/cropping should not be considered in any case. Docking and cropping is abuse - and thankfully the Swiss government agrees.)

I love boxers. Wonderful dogs, pure clowns, you will never lack for entertainment. But have you spent time with one? As others have said, they are lively dogs. As a friend who is owned by a boxer puts it, she has a 9 year old puppy.

Also do consider the drool aspect...


SO - first step: Get your SKN theory course done now. Then continue looking into whether the breed is a good match for you, now and for wherever you think your life might go in the next 10-15 years. And then, start researching breeders. And please, take your time, do it right.


Wishing you and your four footed friend all the best.

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I know nothing about boxers, but I often ride by the SBC (http://www.boxerhunde.ch/) clubhouse with training garden. They seem to know what they are doing as the dogs are always very well behaved, never any barking or attacking when I ride by with my horse. They also wait patiently in the car for their owners.
Maybe contact them for breeders and help?
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Trust Meloncollie to bring all the relevant info

Boxers are awesome!


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Re: Boxer wanted...suggestions?

Miki, I see from another of your posts that you are looking for a job.

Puppies are a 24/7 responsibility; in the first months, and with many dogs to perhaps a year or more, someone needs to be with the pup round the clock. House training, socialization, etc. all require the owner to be there, on the spot, to train the pup to live in the human world.

If you anticipate going back to work I would suggest that rather than a puppy you should consider adopting an older dog, one who has the emotional and physical maturity to be able to stay alone for a few hours.

Of course you cannot leave a dog alone all day, even an older dog. So if you expect to work full time you will need to arrange dog care. As reliable care is a very scarce commodity here, please look into that before getting your dog. (Pup or older - finding dog care should be a top priority.)

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By the way, there is a 2-3 year old Boxer, Cezar, (Tier-ID: 2234 - Heimatlos (Alte ID: 42429) looking for a home. He is at Tierheim Sitterhöfli, in 9032 Engelberg SG.

Website: http://www.sitterhoefli.ch

I found him by browsing through the Tierdatenbank, the Switzerland-wide database of homeless (and lost, and found) animals. You can find the database here:

http://www.tierdatenbank.ch


FYI for all who regularly use the database - the website has been updated, so don't be surprised by it's new look.


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Anyway, BEFORE going further, please think though the implications bringing a young puppy into your family when you expect to be away from home in the first year (and obviously as the dog grows older as well.) A puppy deserves the best start in life - which means that we have to ensure that our lives are such that we are able to meet all the pup's needs.

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Re: Boxer wanted...suggestions?

I want to thank you all for your messages and suggestions.
I've already had a dog so I know what it means to take and raise a puppy.

I have my plans also for the work, I am a responsible person and as I said, I'm going to check everything before for the life with my future dog, Boxer or not.


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I want to thank you all for your messages and suggestions.
I've already had a dog so I know what it means to take and raise a puppy.

I have my plans also for the work, I am a responsible person and as I said, I'm going to check everything before for the life with my future dog, Boxer or not.


Many prospective pet owners should take a leaf (or more like a bush) out of your book.
See that some EFers agree with me (you've got green blobbies aka positive reputation in the top right corner of your posts)
Have you heard back from your landlord yet?

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