Occasionally in pet shelters, you may find some dogs of mixed descent and you might still find them appealing. Now, if you don’t mind adopting what some people call a mutt into your family then there’s really no problem about mixed breed dogs. They can still be great pets especially if they’ve inherited traits from their parents which are in-tune with the lifestyle you and your family live. And while it is not always the case, these dogs more commonly do inherit the good traits from their parents. One example of a good mixed breed would be the Mastiff Boxer, which is the offspring of two very similar dog breeds.
What is good about mixed breed dogs like the mastiff-boxer is that their temperaments are usually great. Many are even easily trainable, and through giving them some of your time, training them, caring for them, and most especially giving them love, you’ll also be able to correct some problems in behavior that they might have. It might take some time, but once you get them used to your lifestyle you’ll find that they’ll become pets that are only eager to please.
As for the Mastiff Boxer, you will find that this mix breed as a pet will become attached to you, its master, very quickly. This is because the two breeds that it is a combination of are very alike in temperament. Both the Mastiff and the Boxer are breeds which are very loyal to their masters, and are friendly – which makes them great with children. They are also fearless and are known to be very protective of their owners.
On the other hand, both breeds are also known to easily mistrust strangers so your mastiff boxer might find it difficult to get along with other animals and it might be too wary even of your own friends and relatives. Still, even though it may look intimidating it does not usually resort to biting to prove its point. This is probably from the Mastiff trait, since Mastiffs are not known to bite. What it would commonly do is to knock the person they perceive to be the intruder over.
Essentially, what you can expect from your Mastiff Boxer is that it will basically be a pet that will love and protect you and it will always remain very loyal. Now, isn’t that just the definition of man’s best friend?
Of course, so that you are sure that it won’t cause any problems stemming from a conflict between your lifestyle and its temperament you will have to train your Mastiff Boxer.
Since they are head strong and stubborn, you must train it so that it will learn what is right and wrong – what it is expected to do, what your commands mean, and what it should not do. Also, because it is not used to other animals and strangers, you will have to help it become more sociable by gradually exposing it to the presence of some of your other pets, if there are any, and to your friends and relatives.
With that, you can be glad that you decided to adopt a Mastiff Boxer. It is one of the most loyal dogs you’ll find out there and it will probably one that will only be so willing to follow you anywhere you go.
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