German Bulldog: the origin of the breed and the nature of the character
Today we present to your attention a truly amazing and unique dog, which each of us met at least once in your life. This is a German bulldog. Residents of Germany can be proud of their talented compatriot. This is a truly amazing mixture of strength and speed, inexhaustible energy with kindness, wisdom and great nobility.
If your choice is a German bulldog, the family will find an ideal friend, which you could only dream about. This guard and nanny, a great companion and bodyguard, as well as a fun companion for games. The main thing that you must learn is that a boxer needs to be properly educated so that his socialization goes as smoothly as possible. These dogs mature late. Therefore, you can not waste time.
Origin of the breed
In fact, history goes back centuries. Experts believe that these dogs originated from the ancient Molossian Great Danes, which gave rise to many breeds. The expressive appearance of dogs sometimes causes some fear among others. They are called fighters and carefully avoided. This is not without foundation. The German bulldog really does not have the most unambiguous past. Although it is not the animal that is to blame, but the man. Approximately until the middle of the XIX century they were used for dog fights. Accordingly, the most aggressive individuals were selected, and these qualities were cultivated in them.
However, after the ban on such entertainment, the breeders looked at these dogs differently with huge eyes. The German bulldog again became the object of close attention. However, now, on the contrary, they began to select the most calm and balanced animals. Years later, the sullen dog managed to make it more domestic and peaceful.
The premiere of this breed took place in 1885 at an exhibition in Munich. It was at this time that the breeders presented this dog as a candidate for breeding and keeping at home: calm, balanced and sweet. Later, the breed standard was set, which was adopted only in 1905. Practice more and more convinced that the dog demonstrates excellent performance. The Boxer turned out to be an excellent watchman and a guard, wise, balanced and acting lightning fast. Apparently, thanks to this image in the modern game, the premium tank M 41 90 GF ("German Bulldog") received just such a name.
In parallel, the boxers managed to win an excellent reputation at the border guard service. They also worked with great success in the army. It was the first dog that entered the service in the police. Only after many years a German shepherd appeared in the ranks of the siloviki. By the way, a boxer (a German bulldog) is no worse than she, coping with the duties of a guide for blind people. Approximately before the Second World War, this dog was bred in Germany. Already after the end of battles, the representatives of the breed began to travel around the world. Slight physique, graceful, bright appearance, complaisant character and excellent working qualities - all this led to the fact that the German bulldog dog was very fond of many people.
The German bulldog (photo shows us a dog with a rather strict kind, but the kindest heart) is a very faithful animal that has a calm character. From the first days of his stay in the family, the puppy considers his masters to be best friends. And he will never forget this. The Bulldog loves little children. This is one of the most playful guard dogs. And this quality does not disappear until the end of life. A tiny puppy and a respectable old age bulldog will equally carry toys to you, forcing them to play with them until they drop.
This is a very smart dog for which training is not a problem at all. He grasps the team on the fly, after which he will fulfill all the requirements without fail. Fearless defender and a real tank - so you can baptize an animal. It was these qualities that were taken into account when the German M41 was called. "Bulldog" - this name was given to the car.
What do you need to consider for future owners?
First forget about the ability to keep this dog on the street. Despite the formidable appearance, power and strength, these are very gentle creations. Fine silky wool does not protect against cold. The German bulldog, whose photo is presented in the article, very often suffers from rheumatism. Cold and rainy weather does not suit him at all. In winter it is necessary to avoid long walks under snow or cold rain. If you are not lucky, and the dog is very wet, then dry the coat dry after returning home.
This breed does not belong to long-livers. Be sure to weigh this moment. Their lives are very often broken off even before 10 years. It happens that some individuals survive to 15, but this requires that you feed your pet properly and be observed by a professional veterinarian. By the way, the expression "the new German Bulldog" has nothing to do with the breed. This terminology, referring to the famous game.
In puppies of this breed it is impossible not to fall in love at first sight. Charming creatures with round eyes. Outwardly, this is a powerful, medium-sized dog of a "square" build, with perfectly muscular muscles. The height at the withers is 53-64 cm, and the weight can range from 25 to 32 kg. These animals have a broad head with a flattened muzzle and a prominent forehead. By the way, another description that relates this dog and a tank called the "black German Bulldog".
Thanks to its combat past, this dog still owns powerful, strong jaws with a characteristic bite today. Modern selection has somewhat corrected the shape of the head, which solved the problem of drooling from the muzzle. Now you do not have to worry about that. The wool coat of the animal is smooth and short, the color most often red, tiger or fawn. White marks are allowed. Wool can be cleaned only with a soft brush, as dogs have very sensitive skin.
As a rule, boxers are stopped by tails and ears. This further emphasizes the square case and gives an impressive look. However, today in Europe they are already beginning to abandon such a procedure, allowing animals to be such as they were created by nature. In England, for example, cupping is completely forbidden. And in Russia at exhibitions there are both lop-eared boxers, and representatives of the breed with cropped ears. But there are no caudate specimens in our country yet. Apparently, the stereotypes of people are too strong.
The dog should not be excessively heavy, but at the same time thin-boned or light. The head expresses special expressiveness to the representatives of this breed. Large, with wide jaws and round eyes, it is remembered immediately and forever. The neck is long, elegantly turning to the withers. Round, strong, muscular and dry, she eloquently emphasizes the power of the dog. Their wool is very short and contiguous, stiff and shiny.
Growing up of a dog
This is another point that needs a separate examination. Characteristics of the German Bulldog emphasize that this is a dog of late growing up. Up to three years, a large dog continues to be a small puppy. But the more adult your pet will remain playful and mobile for the rest of his life. This breed is an excellent choice for those who have children. The Boxer is very fond of kids. Like a caring nanny, he will gladly share his leisure with them.
If your dog spends a lot of time in an open area (for example, you live in a private house), then take care that the fence is high enough, because the representatives of this breed jump very well. It is very important to ensure that the dog does not overheat. The structure of its muzzle has a heat stroke. That is, for all its power, it is a very tender dog that needs constant attention. By the way, we again compare the animal with the tank: the review of the "German Bulldog" in the famous strategy is about the same thing about this combat vehicle.
It's a little more difficult to keep a dog in an apartment. It is vitally important for him to ensure high physical activity, to walk at least twice a day, and not only walk leisurely but actively play ball. You can even arrange a bike ride. If physical activity is not enough, the unspent energy will be directed against your property.
Behavior and character
Representatives of this breed have a strong nervous system. They are self-confident, calm and balanced. The character is of great importance and needs careful attention. This is a strong animal, whose strength should not be directed against the hosts. However, the attachment and faithfulness of the dog to its owner and home, sensitivity and fearlessness, as well as the courage of the defender are known since ancient times.
These dogs are very affectionate with their masters, however they are very distrustful of strangers. When the dog plays ball, he is cheerful and carefree, but in the attack he is completely fearless. He learns very easily thanks to willingness to obey. This unpretentious and clean creature, completely charming, honest and open.
If you want to raise a committed bodyguard, bodyguard without much effort during classes, then your best choice is a German bulldog (WOT presents us a combat vehicle that also does not require high skills from a beginner). However, self-study, without the teachings and advice of a professional cynologist, and also built on punishment, can lead to the opposite effect. The dog loses interest in training, trust in its owner. As a result, she will do her own business without paying any attention to you.
The secret of success is consistency, firmness and affection. All teams must serve calmly, but confidently. And their implementation must be encouraged. Often done the opposite, paying special attention to failure. Well-bred dog - fearless, sensitive, has a quick reaction and is well managed. Intellectual it is difficult to name, but the natural straightforwardness and rudeness gives it a special charm.
To bring dogs to the promenade you need to start as early as possible. Sometimes boxers like to fight with other dogs. And representatives of other breeds do not consider themselves to be equal. And they often treat them with obvious disdain. In the fight, natural perseverance and physiological insensitivity to pain are very helpful. They will not show weakness and will not back down. Today, such traits are no longer aggression, but rather bravado, which is sporting and gaming. But they can also cause trouble on the walking platform. Therefore, the earlier you begin to acquaint your pet with other representatives of the canine world, the better will be socialization.
In fact, it does not have a big difference from the feeding of all other breeds. A large, massive dog requires a high-quality, balanced diet, without which its development will deviate from the norm. The square physique and the tendency to weight gain means that it is necessary to avoid a lot of fat in the food. However, this does not mean that it is possible to deprive the dog of beneficial lipids altogether. In any case, the basis of the diet should be meat. But give it better in boiled form. If you cook porridge for a dog, do not use fat broth for this, which after that has remained. But thin and tubular bones should be completely excluded from the diet, so as not to damage the digestive system.
We have already noted that this breed does not belong to long-livers. In fact, the health of these dogs leaves much to be desired. Boxers are prone to quite a lot of health problems. Deafness is a very common malformation. From 20 to 40% of puppies are born deaf to one or both ears. Very often they suffer from heart defects. It can be aortic stenosis or cardiomyopathy of the right ventricle. As a rule, these diseases manifest themselves only when the animal grows up.
The weak point is the digestive system. There are metabolic disorders, hypothyroidism, bloating, trouble with the intestines. That is why from the first day of the dog's stay in the house you will need a competent veterinarian and a well-balanced diet. Quality food, given in small portions several times a day, will help stabilize the condition of the pet. Such dogs are prone to food allergies, which again suggests the need to carefully choose products or ready-made food.
However, the greatest concern is the frequency with which representatives of this breed get cancer. Oncology in veterinary medicine is not well developed. And more often, having diagnosed, the doctor will suggest to lull the animal so as not to expose it to unnecessary suffering. Based on practice, it can be noted that the best health is a cross between a German shepherd and a bulldog. Therefore, if you need a friend who lives close to you for a long life, then it's better to pay attention to this option. Although, of course, there will be no exhibition career for such a dog.
Instead of concluding
A German boxer is a charming dog, an excellent friend and a combat comrade. You can rely on him in the most difficult situation and calmly trust him with his property. He loves to play, loves when guests come to the house, especially if they already know these people. He can ask for handles and be sure to sleep with you on the couch. The dog is charming and charismatic, that is, you will fall in love with him just at first sight.
However, seriously, this is a strong and very jealous dog, which requires not only proper education, but also a kind of approach. With children, boxers get along very well, although if it's really pulling it, it can grow slightly to show who's in charge here. This is primarily true of males. A lowered pain threshold makes it practically impossible to raise with sneakers, since the dog will still think that it is being played. Badly brought up boxer is very willful. He considers himself a full-fledged person. That is, it is an excellent dog, but it must be dealt with from the very childhood: to teach and educate.