Friday, November 6, 2009

Year of the Dog, II

  • Naptime for Daisy Girl
It is interesting to watch the interaction of the new Boxer puppy with our older dogs. We have two Boston terriers, a nine-year-old female and a four-year-old male. The female is the Alpha dog, and she has began disciplining the young Boxer, now firmly named Daisy.

A snap! A hard growl! And the older dog is allowed first out the door or the preferred place on the afghan at the foot of the bed.

We've been told that "bully breed" dogs do not settle well with same-gender companions. That was why we chose the male Boston when our retired racing Greyhound died. But frankly, I'm not one much for male dogs. I dislike the tendency to mark, and I find female dogs generally more focused and intelligent.

That's why Daisy is a girl Boxer. That, and my wife's instruction "No more male dogs!" Apparently she cannot tolerate the occasion squirt on the back of the couch.

But we're noticing no special fractiousness between the two females presently, even though each has a genetic line reaching back to the English bulldog or the English bull and terrier. Oddly enough, both the Boxer and the Boston were stabilized as breeds in the late 19th century, the Boston first apparently from the English bulldog crossed with a terrier resulting in the foundation sire of "Hooper's Judge."

Boxers are German, and reportedly a cross between the English bulldog and a breed called Bullenbeissesr.

It's interesting to think about these bloodlines evolving into companion animals. Bullenbeissers -- bull biter -- apparently were larger versions of the English bulldog, a fighting dog meant to bite and hang onto a much larger animal. I've seen that tendency only once in this pack. Kitty, the female Boston, once clamped herself onto the jaw of a Great Dane who moved to close to my wheelchair, and she had to be pried loose.

1 comment:

Ross Eldridge said...

Hallo, Gary!

Daisy is a lovely pup. When I was a very young boy our neighbours, the Joneses (of course), had a boxer. I cannot recall her name now. She was friendly and energetic.

I'd guess the village here has mostly active or retired farm dogs (border collies) and retired greyhounds, and with being up against Scotland the border terrier is popular. However, I've seen a couple of boxers.

Cailean socialised well. I took him out on the bus, in friends' cars, shopping, from the get-go. As we walk along familiar streets he knows what doors to step into ... where people are friendly to him. Some shopkeepers have dogs behind the counter for company, so they must be visited. I've so enjoyed watching him growing up. If I ever win the Lotto I'll have a brace of dachshunds!

Best to you all!