Are black boxers full blooded?
It may be hard to believe it when you see photos, but black boxers do not exist – the color gene responsible for black coat color does not exist within the breed.
If you "see" a black Boxer, if that dog is a purebred Boxer, he or she must be a very dark brindle.
Medium-large dog breeds (Collies, Labrador Retrievers, Boxers) are at full growth by about 18 months and at their full weight by about 2 years of age.
Giant dog breeds (Great Danes, Mastiffs) may take up to three years to reach their full weight, though they should be fully grown into their paws by about 18 months.
Healthy gums should be bubble gum-pink in color.
Some dogs, especially those of certain breeds, such as the chow chow, have black coloring in their mouths.
This is normal pigmentation for some dogs.
It is the result of microscopic melanin granule deposits, and it is not something to be concerned about.
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Historically, tail docking was thought to prevent rabies, increase a dog's speed, and prevent injuries.
For hunting and herding breeds, tails could collect burrs and foxtails, causing pain and infection.
The longer tails of herding dogs could also be caught in gates behind livestock.
Unlike cats, dogs do not have retractile claws.
The color of the nail is determined by the color of the surrounding skin and hair.
This dog has black claws on the brown paw and a mixture of white and black claws on the white paw.
Always remember to trim the dew claws that are located on the inner surface of the paw.
This is a condition known as "snow nose" or "winter nose." Certain breeds have noses that go from black to brown or pink as the dog ages.
This is thought to be a result of the breakdown of tyrosinase, which is an enzyme that produces pigment.
If you look at the dark nail head-on, you will see a small dark circle.
Once you see that, you should stop.
If you cut a nail too short and it begins to bleed, apply pressure to the tip of the nail to stop the bleeding, or dip the nail in the cornstarch or styptic powder.
Boxers are intelligent, high-energy, playful dogs that like to stay busy.
Their temperament reflects their breeding.
They prefer to be in the company of their owners and are loyal pets that will fiercely guard their family and home against strangers.
If a boxer barks, chances are there is a good reason.