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Old 02-19-2009, 12:20 AM
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Default boxer vs labrador retriever

We don't have dog yet, we think about boxer and my husband also want a labrador. I'm just not sure about those 2 breeds. We have 3 kids (2, 3, and 5), I know boxers are very high in energy, and lab too...

Can you help me, well tell me pros and cons of both breeds?

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Old 02-19-2009, 12:33 AM
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I've never owner either but someone here should be able to help you. Have you had dogs before? Personally, I'm a fan of new owners getting a young-adult mixed breed that has been evaluated by a good rescue.
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:29 AM
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Both sheds but labs are supposed to be worst!.
Both are high energy dogs but are great family dogs!.
Both need training(like any dogs do).
The boxer is from the working group so is extremely versatile as it can do police work & schutzhund while the lab is from the sporting group!.
I think that,at the end of the day,it's a matter of taste!.
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:24 AM
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I would say get either one.

I had a black lab and now own a chocolate lab. They love to play, fetch, and are so friendly.

Two of my neighbors have boxers. Both boxers act just like the labs I've had. One thing that makes me laugh with the boxers is both of them shake their bodies with excitement when they see me come to visit.

I've always rescued my labs.
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:43 PM
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Do some reading about both and decide which suits you best!!

I know which I'd pick, but I am not you
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:59 PM
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I've had Boxers my whole life, and a couple Labradors as well. I've always seen Boxers as better. Labradors are just so high energy, and although they are absolutly wonderful with kids. The kids would play outside with Bales for hours, our chocolate Labrador, before he passed, and the kids still enjoy playing with Elly, our black Labrador. We did adopt a yellow Labrador (who was about 11 months old at the time) who bit into my little cousin, giving her punctures, a rip down her cheek, and a black eye, just for lying down next to her. <--That terrible issue is the result of overbreeding. Both Boxers and Labradors are overbred breeds that are owned by many people! Finding a good breeder if that is what you are looking for is a MUST. You MUST do a through search, ask plenty of questions, and I suggest reading up on breed specific books as well. Training is also a must with both breeds, since they are strong. The Boxer is a bit more strong willed than the Labrador, and the Labrador a little more motivated, in my experience.

Last year we had 2 Boxers (one white, one fawn), and 4 Labradors (two black, one yellow, one chocolate). Layla, the fawn Boxer was a foster. She was not very tolerant of the kids, had a habit of biting people's heels, especially the kids and was extremely, extremely strong willed! She was very playful, and with time, patience and lots of training, she learned not to bite leashes, yap, snap at the other dog's legs, tear my pant legs, etc. She developed those issues at only 2 months old, she was a sweetie, but a tough one to raise! It's good she had a foster before going to a permanant home. We did not know if she came from a good breeder or not, but my guess is she did not. Another reason to search for a good breeder. A good, LONG search. Oliver, the Black Labrador, we took when he was a tiny puppy, when my dad's friend had him and could not keep him because he was kept in the crate for 14+ hours a day, we took him in. He was very young when we took him, and grew up to be a wonderful dog. But he snapped when he got nervous, barked and went nuts when you wouldn't throw the ball, and was anxious when you had his toy. We had to do very thorough, long training and work on recall, stay, and that'll do A LOT. Training is a MUST, I cannot say that enough. Be prepared to start training at as young as 8 weeks, and keep training for longer periods of time as the dog gets older! Bales was our adopted chocolate Labrador, and he was great. We had to teach him not to bark frantically when you had his ball and were about to throw it, but he was wonderful! Followed the kids everywhere, played for hours, and wagged and wiggled all over! He was a wonderful dog, and I couldn't have asked for better. Although he did develop some shoe stealing and burying issues, he was a great dog. We also had Molly, Elly, and Georgia. We still have Elly and Georgia, and I will tell you about them later on in the post .

Both breeds have common health issues, you will need to look into those and ask the breeder what tests they do, where their dogs are kept, how old the puppies are when they are adopted out, what their adoption process is, if the puppies and when the puppies get their shots, etc. All breeders are different.

Right now I have an adopted 4-year-old Black Labrador named Elly Mae and a 9-year-old white Boxer named Georgia.

Elly is much higher energy, she will play for hours, is outstanding with the kids, very focused on her toys, extremely smart, and will put up with anything the little kids decide to do to her, from yanking her jowls to holding onto her tail, to see what is in her eyesocket.

Georgia is a wonderful dog. She doesn't put up with the kids messing with her as much as Elly does, but she is the most loving little girl! She loves people, and wiggles and waggles all over. She is also a great guard dog, and would guard us with her life. She is more bouncy than Elly.

Our past Boxer, Alaska, came from a newspaper breeder we failed to look into and he ended up having terrible health problems costing us thousands, and passing away at only 10 years old. He was a great dog, but not very tolerant of bouncy or annoying kids.

I will not own a Lab again anytime soon, because they simply are NOT my breed, but I would own a Boxer again soon, in a heartbeat.

If you are interested in Boxer breeders, I can send you a list to go through. Just PM me if you are interested in that. You will need to look through carefully, find what you want, and talk with the breeder. Good potential owners ask lots of questions, and good breeders ask lots of questions.

It's all your choice. Read up on the breeds, and check out Pet adoption: Want a dog or cat? Adopt a pet on Petfinder as well for dogs for adoption in shelters.

Before considering a breeder, I would take a trip to a few local animal shelters and see what dogs they have for adoption. There are some WONDERFUL dogs in shelters. I have worked at a few shelters, and the dogs there are often outstanding. Dogs are put to sleep everyday for no good reason, just because their dream owner never came in time because they were too busy saving up $900 for that puppy in the window at the pet store.
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:08 PM
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Boxers and Labs are both very high energy, very physical breeds who don't much pay attention to the space around them. I would not really recommend getting either of these dogs as puppies with young children around. Both CAN be wonderful with children, my foster lab Virgo was amazing with them and Boxers never run out of energy so they can keep up easily.

Do you research and if going through a breeder, go through a GOOD breeder--we will help you find one if you want--or get a slightly older dog, between 2-4, from a good rescue that temperament tests.

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Old 02-19-2009, 09:48 PM
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:22 AM
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I have no experience with boxers so I can't offer advice there, but I can tell you that labs are very high energy.

They are very focused on thier toys (or training devices) which is why they retrievers. Our girl Chevy LIVES to retrieve, when I pull out a toy or bumper she is so focused she cannot see anything else. All other dogs, and people no longer exist. Its because of this that labs also like to carry stuff. They always like to have something in thier mouths, and if toys are not available then a shoe or anything else will do.

Labs are people-orientated, if you want a dog that is idependent, a lab is likely not what you are looking for. Both my labs are sleeping at my feet right now and if I get up and walk to kitchen, I will have 2 shadows behind me. They are great family dogs, excellent with both old and young kids. However, they are the #1 bred dog in North America which leaves the door wide open for variability. Many labs are badly bred, so please choose a good breeder if you decide on a lab or go through a reputable rescue.
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Old 02-20-2009, 11:25 AM
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Thank you to all of you for your answer. I still not sure witch breed I want, I llike them both, but I already start to look on internet for breeder (boxer and lab) and also rescue & spca.

I will do my homework... and I may have more question!

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