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    Our Nero was a very relaxed pup too. He slept all the time and wasn't hyper at all. As it turned out that was only because he had a lot of growing to do He's definitely much more active and demanding now than he was as a pup.

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    No way thats a straight boxer x cattle dog with that pink skin and that head structure. I'd say AmBull/Bull Arab in there at the least.

    The standoffishness needs to be addressed ASAP, socialise the heck out of him and a lot of training. He's going to be quite a big dog from the looks of those legs, at least boxer size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekhbet View Post
    No way thats a straight boxer x cattle dog with that pink skin and that head structure. I'd say AmBull/Bull Arab in there at the least.

    The standoffishness needs to be addressed ASAP, socialise the heck out of him and a lot of training. He's going to be quite a big dog from the looks of those legs, at least boxer size.
    Hmm, maybe I should explain myself a bit more. By standoffish, I mean that when we turned up, he barked at us and didn't run up to us for a pat, rather he was wary. He wasn't terrified, like my last rescue dog was, just wasn't sure of us. His foster carer reassured him and all was good. I bent down, called him over and he came over for a pat. Fifteen minutes to half an hour later, and he came to me like he was my own, full of love in his eyes. I'd start patting him and he rolled on his back for a belly rub hehe.

    Yes! The head structure is certainly interesting isn't it? There's no spotty cattle dog markings, but the texture of his fur is very much like a cattle dog. If only I could see photos of the parents! I do hope he gets a little bigger and more solid. He's such a teddy bear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkristen View Post
    Hmm, maybe I should explain myself a bit more. By standoffish, I mean that when we turned up, he barked at us and didn't run up to us for a pat, rather he was wary. He wasn't terrified, like my last rescue dog was, just wasn't sure of us. His foster carer reassured him and all was good. I bent down, called him over and he came over for a pat. Fifteen minutes to half an hour later, and he came to me like he was my own, full of love in his eyes. I'd start patting him and he rolled on his back for a belly rub hehe.

    Yes! The head structure is certainly interesting isn't it? There's no spotty cattle dog markings, but the texture of his fur is very much like a cattle dog. If only I could see photos of the parents! I do hope he gets a little bigger and more solid. He's such a teddy bear.
    I still say socialise the heck out of him, my boy was also only 'wary' of people, but it escalated beyond my control as he got older.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post
    I still say socialise the heck out of him, my boy was also only 'wary' of people, but it escalated beyond my control as he got older.
    Yeah definitely. Hope to put as much time into him as I can. Will be taking him to my friends place to socialise with their 12 week old pups too. Will take him around the shops and parks etc. Will make sure I bring lots of treats to reinforce positive actions.

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    Another one here saying he looks like a "bull arab" type. These types often have sighthound in the mix somewhere and being standoffish with strangers is completely normal. Yes socialise him well, but also be aware that some dogs just don't like strangers - whether dogs or humans - in their personal space.

    I know I don't like strangers in mine!

    If he is indeed bull arab type, he will probably grow upwards until he is about 12 months old, and keep filling out until he is over 2 years.

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    Definitely not cattle x boxer.. my old boss 'bred' a litter of these and they looked completely different. I'm also leaning towards bull arab x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy.Maree View Post
    Definitely not cattle x boxer.. my old boss 'bred' a litter of these and they looked completely different. I'm also leaning towards bull arab x
    Yeah, he has a pretty solid head on him. Oh well, doesn't bother me either way!

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    litters of puppies can have more than one father.

    I agree with the others - can't see much (if any) cattle dog in that one. Definitely something big like bull arab... Not sure about the boxer either.

    As soon as (if not before) the vaccinations have taken (two weeks after the final booster) take him to some sports games like - cricket, soccer... and walk him around the edge and if he wants to say hello, see if you can organise it - with permission and supervised ... just to get him used to lots of people. This kind of socialisation - you may have to do for his whole life. If you can organise it with dog clubs (dogs on lead and able to be managed mostly), do that too.

    Praise lots for acting friendly, showing self control (not jumping all over everyone) and be careful about punishing a dog if its stressed or anxious. Ie if your dog growls or looks uncomfortable - that means you're too close. Manage the situation for him so he only has good experiences within his ability to cope. Then you can gently expand what he can cope with. If you punish him for growling - he may learn to suppress signs of discomfort so the first you know about it is when he bites.

    I see so many people punish their dog for being friendly (but way too excited) and that dog then hates other dogs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkristen View Post
    Yeah, he has a pretty solid head on him. Oh well, doesn't bother me either way!
    Yep....thats the right way to look at it when dealing with X breeds.

    My Ridgeback x Rotty turned out to be nothing like a Rotty at all...maybe Staffy if anything.

    Didnt matter one bit. He gave me 14 wonderfull years of total devotion and love and thats all a dog owner could ask for.

    Congrats on the new pup. Wishing you guys a very happy and healthy life together. Keep us posted on how he goes.


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