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Old 05-09-2012, 04:15 PM   #2101
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There are lots of boxers around where I live. It's one of those areas where you get a lot of bigger, more active breeds. Lots of space to run a boxer.

Couple of them are brindles. But I tend to see the fawns (didn't know they were classed as fawn ) more often.

I like the fawns, but I've always had a soft spot for brindles. Same with the staffordshire bulls. Really like that full brindle patterning. There's something about the way the muscles move underneath that just looks good.


[eta] saw a documentary about Crufts and showdogs in the Uk recently. Shocking stuff. Breed clubs are only really now taking on board the need for expanding their gene pools. They've essentially bred in a 50-50 chance of Cardiomyopathy or thereabouts.

Worse, in the UK, two or three star studs have so dominated the Boxer breed that it's hit something like 75% chance amongst the showlines. And the one that is most embedded and clearly siring large numbers of pups which go onto develop it, is still being bred from.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:19 PM   #2102
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Something I just found interesting.. in the UK I noticed that boxers have thier tails. Is it illegal to dock thier tails? Over here, its done at a day old. Tails and Dew claws right away. I only know of one back-yard breeder that did not crop the tails.
Very few people crop the dogs ears over here anymore.... I am thankful for that. That has always been cruel to me.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:21 PM   #2103
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Walking to school I see a lot of Border Collies.
Like you say, it's the area and the lifestyle - lots of open land, 4x4s (plastered with mud) and green wellies.

Good for them.

Our dog was a Collie/ Jack Russell (farm dogs)
But she had old restless-child here to walk her until we were both exhausted.
Mum used to moan that I took her on a route-march. I didn't even know what that meant. What I knew was that I was free to walk and dream about the spirits of the trees and flowers responding to my passing. I was 11-13. Too much Anne of Green Gables.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:23 PM   #2104
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Something I just found interesting.. in the UK I noticed that boxers have thier tails. Is it illegal to dock thier tails? Over here, its done at a day old.
It can't be done for aesthetic reasons, and only working dogs - for health reasons. That's a loophole of course. But fashion seems to have changed because of it.

I believe Australia is the same, with some States banning it outright so not clipping or docking becomes the norm.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:24 PM   #2105
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What I knew was that I was free to walk and dream about the spirits of the trees and flowers responding to my passing. I was 11-13. Too much Anne of Green Gables.
hahaha. Shit, girl, I wish we'd known each other back then. That so resonates.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:25 PM   #2106
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Not sure about AKC, but KC regs for Boxer penalise for stubby tails now I think.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:28 PM   #2107
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hahaha. Shit, girl, I wish we'd known each other back then. That so resonates.
We'd have corrupted eachother!
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:32 PM   #2108
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You may be right lol
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:31 PM   #2110
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Hey there Shadow-cat, keeping cool.
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:41 PM   #2111
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Not my pet's, but Mrs G's.
She is a TA who has befriended me at school. She keeps chickens anyway, but this year decided to get some fancier ones, and raise them in school.

Today might be their last school day (Teacher is not all that fond of them, although the children adore them) so I specifically wanted a photo. Unfortunately Mrs G's daughter was sick and she had to go home in the morning.

So I tried valiantly to at least get a photo of a Polish Frizzle for you. But although I am a reasonably adept chicken-wrangler, they are still fairly young and so they squirm. Camera in one hand, wriggly Frizzle in the other. Not only was there camera shake but the crazy fowl would not look at the camera!

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Old 05-18-2012, 02:44 PM   #2112
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She also has two with feathered feet - Brahma Bantams I believe.
One is also definitely a rooster, because they are developing very differently. Shame. He will have to "go back and live on the farm" as we say to the children - she lives in too suburban an area to have a rooster.

And the other is a more normal type of chicken to me, but apparently is also slightly fancy. She's the biggest and will be the best layer, although Frizzles' eggs are blue and so make for an interesting egg-bowl.

Here is a proper Frizzle picture.
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...He will have to "go back and live on the farm"...
You could have him over, you know, for dinner.
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:16 PM   #2114
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Besty's new besty, Annie. Not a good pic, she's fairly uncooperative.

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Old 05-18-2012, 03:38 PM   #2115
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Oh she's a sweetie! Love that bit of merle colouring on her muzzle and front legs.
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