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In all of this talk about outcrosses, I should put a caveat here. Do not assume that all outcrosses are intelligent. Any outcross that introduces bad genes into the line that weren’t there before is a stupid outcross.

Consider my late mutt, the “golden boxer.”

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This dog came from a line of goldens that really didn’t have early death from cancer as part of their genetic disorders. Cancer did exist, but for a show line of goldens, her dam was a healthy dog.

Her sire was a brindle boxer belonging to the neighbors. He was a sneak of all sneaks. He would even sneak into areas in people’s houses to mate the bitches. This was in a very rural area, where there is no leash law.

The puppies that were born to this mating were all black. Some had a bronze tinge to the coat.

As a dog she was a good dog. She was not as easily trained as a retriever, but she wasn’t as stubborn as a boxer. She was moderately dog aggressive, but nothing like the dog aggression seen in some boxers. She could learn to get along with other dogs, but it took her some time to get used to them.

She was undocked, and her tail was long and whip-like. She would wag this tail very hard, often in a recumbent position. On my parents’ hardwood floors this sounded like a hammer banging on the floor.

She had no retrieving instinct (her mother didn’t either). She had too much muscle and bone to swim efficiently.

She was useless as a retriever.

One thing she was good at, though, was skunk hunting. The only dog I’ve ever had that loved to kill skunks. It didn’t matter if she got sprayed down with skunk musk, she would attack any skunk she saw.

If you hated skunks for some reason, she would have been a useful skunk hound.

She was euthanized last March after a short bout with osteosarcoma. None of our goldens ever got this cancer, but her father’s line of boxers carried this gene.

If she had been used as an intelligent outcross, she would have introduced that gene into her progeny, and it would have been a bad move. Goldens are one of the breeds that gets osteosarcoma, and they don’t need boxer genes that double up on those cancers.

Interestingly, I got this dog for free. Today, this is a designer breed that sells for several hundred or more dollars. I had a unique dog, because she was a black one. Most of the designer golden boxers I’ve seen are derived frm fawn boxers and are either fawn or brindle in color.

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This is one of my late dogs, Kizzy.

This is one of my late dogs, Kizzy.

Her mother was a show-type golden, which was my dog.

Her father was a brindle boxer. He was the neighbors’ dog.

She was black with a slight bronze tinge in the summer months. She had some white on her left hindfoot and white chest.

Most people thought she was a Labrador-boxer cross.

She had a wavy coat and a slight rough. In the winter months, it would really thicken.

She looks a lot like a St. John’s water dog. Richard Wolters found the last two St. John’s water dog’s in Canada. Check out their photos here.

Butterflies liked to land on her shiny, black coat.

Butterflies liked to land on her shiny coat.

Here’s another picture of her, just to get an idea of what she looked like:

Kizzy standing.

Kizzy standing.

She died of osteosarcoma last spring at age 11, which is not ucommon in either boxers or golden retrievers. She was a good dog, and a wonderful  companion with whom to enjoy the natural world.

Today, her cross is being offered as a golden boxer, which is a designer breed. The pics of them at this website include no black dogs, which may be so if the breeders are using fawn boxers in the cross. I got my dog for free because she was from an accidental mating. And you’re spending how much for it?

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