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jena
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posted July 14, 2004 03:24 PM      Profile for jena         
I finally put my 4 yr old Boxer down on Monday after his intial diagnosis of celluar cancer, I kept him alive for four weeks by giving him large doses of steriods and some Tylenol-3 that the Vet gave me but the time was right to put him down as the pain began to really take it's toil on him! I have been looking online for a dog and checking out a few breeder sites and while I am still leaning towards purchasing another Boxer a couple of other breeds have caught my eye and was wondering if anyone had any experience with the breeds? 1) Beauceron, this dog originated in France and have just lately become popular in the USA. 2) Bull Mastiff, 3) Newfoundland, 4) Rhodesian Ridgeback and 5)Greyhounds! If anyone ever had one of these breeds please let me know what you thought of the breed as I would like to order a dog in the next two weeks from a breeder!
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posted July 14, 2004 03:55 PM      Profile for peptodog         
I have little but some expeirience with newfoundlands. They are very nice calm and usually verry gentle. Although they do slobber.

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I have one chubby sheltie that is 8 years old. I might by a pug!

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goombaya
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posted July 14, 2004 03:56 PM      Profile for goombaya         
hi jena welcome back..
hows the pom pup?

Adopting a greyhound is a wonderful idea. They have fantastic adults available frequently and from everything ive ever heard, they're marvelous. You should have your friend do that.

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posted July 14, 2004 04:43 PM      Profile for DaxAriel's toy         
Jena - another dog you lost within such a short time. You didn't mention this boxer or is he your friend's.

Sorry for your loss.

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posted July 14, 2004 04:53 PM      Profile for lou3         
ridgebacks are a no-no unless you have a lot of experience specifically with ridgebacks. In inexperienced hands they are very likely to become dangerously aggressive. And by inexperienced i dont mean with dogs generally i mean SPECIFICALLY with ridgebacks, they are a totally different ballgame to ANY other dog. As different as raising a tiger cub would be to raising a chihuahua.
Greyhounds are wonderful laidback, eventempered, docile, but not for someone who is used to and likes a dog as energetic and intelligent as a boxer.
Bullmastiffs are super dogs, tend to be a bit dominant, but probably not much more so than a boxer.
Newfies are by far my favourite choice of the breeds you have listed, sweet, loving, trainable, be prepared for large feeding bills and make sure everything is hip and elbow scored and eye tested. Also be prepared for a lot of coat care and be aware that if you live somewhere very hot it is probably kinder to shave the dog during the summer months to prevent them getting heat heat stroke.
I have very little experience with the beauceron but the few i have come across have seemed a little aloof which is no bad thing in itself but can make training a bit awkward.
Lou

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jena
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posted July 14, 2004 05:41 PM      Profile for jena         
goombaya

Last Sunday this man told us the first dog we inquired about was still for sale she was one taken off his page. And he told us he wanted her to get at least 2 pounds before he shipped her and told us he would contact us 1 week in advance on the ship date haven't heard a word from him since. I emailed him a couple days ago to see how puppy was doing and no response back so dont know anything as of yet.

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jena
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posted July 14, 2004 06:24 PM      Profile for jena         
This was my friends dog thought everyone here could give advice on his choice...
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goombaya
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posted July 15, 2004 05:44 AM      Profile for goombaya         
sorry for your friends loss. Hope the pom pup thing works out.
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sgour
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posted July 15, 2004 08:52 AM      Profile for sgour         
I have two boxer's myself, and they are the best dogs I have ever had. Easy to train, eager to please, I would recommend another boxer, but I am a little biased [Smile] .

Shannon

[ July 15, 2004, 08:52 AM: Message edited by: sgour ]

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jena
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posted July 15, 2004 06:44 PM      Profile for jena         
goombaya

Got email from him today he said she was doing fine and he was giving her shots this week this time he said even distemper shot. and he would prob ship her in 7 to 10 days

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