Is the Boxer or the Boston Terrier for you?

Is the Boxer or the Boston Terrier for you?
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The Boxer
Playful and exuberant

A spark of youthful exuberance and playful rebellion defines this breed. While Boxers are elegant in appearance, athletic, and courageous, they love to play the fool and find fun in everything they do.

Most Boxers are naturally energetic—too energetic, perhaps, for owners who live a calm and sedentary lifestyle. Boxers need daily exercise or they will channel their zest for life into undesirable, often destructive, activity.

Members of this breed are medium in size, yet muscular and strong. As a brachycephalic (short-faced) breed, they do not handle extremes of temperature well. (Also note it is not unusual for a Boxer to be quite “gassy” after eating.)
The Boxer is devoted to his family, wanting always to be included. Most Boxers relate well to children. Anyone who threatens the family or home of a Boxer, however, may be quickly reminded that this is a dog that was originally bred to protect. Strangers may initially be viewed with dark suspicion, but once a Boxer accepts someone, he reverts to his usual light-hearted and charming self. Watching a Boxer play the mischievous imp is a joy!

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The Boston Terrier
Amusing, bright, and friendly

With his natty markings, the Boston Terrier—nicknamed “the American Gentleman”—looks more like a black-tie guest than a street thug, but his origins are anything but genteel. It might surprise you, but Boston Terriers were originally bred for pit fighting. Like the local bar brawler in every hometown, the Boston Terrier was once a fearless fighter. But that’s far in the past. The spunky personality of today’s Boston endears them to their human companions. They're intelligent, well mannered, alert, and rambunctious. Easy to train and frequently effective watchdogs though not barky, the Boston Terrier is good with children and easy to groom
Weighing between 10 and 25 pounds, this breed packs a lot of personality into a small package. And those smart looks! With his tuxedo markings, white “gloves,” and far-set round, intelligent eyes, this dog’s unmistakable looks and charming demeanour have won him many fans.

The Boston’s compact size and medium exercise requirements make him especially popular with urban dwellers. With good reason, this breed has been an American favourite for more than 100 years.

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