Boxer Dogs and Turkish Van Cats
Did you know that the Boxer is probably the most suited dog to become a family pet?
Boxers love children and their humans.
If your family is lively and energetic a boxer is the dog for you.
The Boxer originally came from Germany, though it has been said that a similar breed known as the Assyrian war dog goes as far back as 2500 B.C.
Boxers were bred as hunting dogs because they were so strong and could hold down large prey until the hunter was able to reach them.
Boxers have had a rather interesting history, during World War I in Europe they acted as messengers, guards and pack carriers on military bases.
Today, these dogs work as therapy dogs, guide dogs, search and rescue dogs and other jobs that require patience and a good nose.
Boxers are very loyal to their families and though they look fierce, they are really lovers. They do, however require a family that is energetic especially when they are puppies, running and playing along with training are their key requirements. Boxers are very intelligent and train fairly well.
They do have an ingrained habit of jumping up on people when they greet them. It is said that Boxers know two words very well, one is their name and the other is “down.”
Health wise Boxers are prone to heart disease and certain cancers, hip dysplasia and a thyroid deficiency are other things to be on the alert for.
When considering a puppy be certain to ask the breeder such questions as the
age of the parents and grandparents. If the grandparents are not alive, what did they die from?
It is also a good idea to ask if the parents have been checked for any heart abnormalities?
Heart problems are the most common cause of death in a Boxer. Boxers are also very sensitive to hot weather, their short muzzles make breathing in the heat more difficult and they are susceptible to heat stroke.
Today, cropping their ears is not necessary even for show dogs.
In 2005 the breed standard was revised to allow for non-cropped ears. However, the tails are still docked.
Boxers can get along with other pets, as long as they remain the boss. Male Boxers may have a problem with other male dog relationships and supervision may be necessary.
Grooming is a snap, as they are short-haired and require brushing once in a while, nails should be clipped monthly and a weekly check made to be certain that ears and eyes are free from problems.
Boxers love their families and seem to stay in tune with your moods. They are great dogs.
Turkish Van Cat:
If you are looking for a lively companion in the cat family may I suggest the Turkish Van.
This is one delightful and beautiful cat.
Vans as they are known are active and intelligent cats.
They prefer to play and help you around the house, instead of spending all their time getting beauty sleep.
They like to play fetch, investigate open cupboard doors, help make beds, along with being petted and stroked.
Vans are interested in everything that goes on in their household and anything new gets a thorough inspection from them, including fish tanks.
An interesting thing about Vans is that they really do not like being held.
They prefer their feet on the solid ground, that doesn’t mean that they don’t like affection or that they don’t give it.
What it means to me is that they like the feeling of security, solid ground gives them.
I know that feeling, I love the water, but I want to be able to touch the bottom of the pool or my corner of the ocean with my toe in order to feel safe.
Speaking of water, Turkish Van’s are supposed to love water. I have read reports that have said they used to swim out to meet the fishing boats as they came ashore in Turkey.
Other reports have stated that they are inclined to join you in the shower or tub when you are bathing.
Recently, I have read that Vans hate baths and giving show cats a bath, before a show, is plain torture.
So on this subject of Turkish Van’s and water, I will let you figure it out.
If you get a Van and it likes water, enjoy it and if you get one that doesn’t, that’s normal.
A Turkish Van is one beautiful cat, it has longish white fur with the typical van markings on its head and tail. They are not long-haired, but have fur that is longer that a short-haired cat (now, that makes sense.)
Their markings are called the van pattern and can be varied from orange and white to black and white and many colors in between.
A Van can also have a patch or two elsewhere on their coats. It is said that if a patch appears on a Van’s shoulder it is the mark of Allah.
The Van is a very clean cat and does not require more that a once a week brushing.
Health wise the Van is a naturally healthy breed, just be certain to keep regular vet appointments.
If you are looking for a great pet and your children are old enough to understand that this cat will love them, but it does not like to be held, you all will live happily ever after.