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Boxer dogs were originally bred to be medium-size guard dogs. While they may be considered "Working Dogs" by the AKC, they often find homes as loving companions and family pets. However, Boxers are notorious for their high energy levels and will require plenty of exercise and playtime to prevent acting out and escape attempts.
Boxers were originally bred in Germany and were brought to the U.S. after the first World War. While their short, shiny black or brindle coats are striking and require minimal grooming, it is worth noting that white or mostly white Boxers are not desirable due to their genetic predisposition to deafness associated with a white coat.
Boxers are large, muscular, square-headed dogs who look imposing--that is, until you spend a moment playing with them and realize they're just big softies. Often weighing between 60-70 lbs and standing 21-25 inches at the shoulder, the Boxer has an intimidating presence until you get to know them.
Because of their playful nature and boundless energy, they make great family pets or running buddies. Boxers aren't considered fully mature until they are three years old, meaning they will have puppy energy long after other dogs of similar stature. Abundant energy, courage, and strength are some of the key characteristics that make them so useful when working with the police and military. When trained properly, they also make fantastic guard dogs and can restrain an intruder with ease.
With their abundance of energy, Boxers naturally excel in obedience training, agility courses, and Schutzhund--which is a demanding three-phase competition that measures a dog’s tracking, obedience, and protection skills in a unique manner.
How dog-friendly is Pittsburgh?
A recent study from WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Pittsburgh is ranked as the 11th most pet-friendly. The city is regarded as one of the most pet-friendly locations in the country because of its outdoor pet-friendliness and pet affordability. It ranks 20th and 22nd in these categories.
A similar study from SmartAsset ranked Pittsburgh as the 15th most pet-friendly city. They rank the city as one of the best places to have a pet because of the high number of dog parks and pet-friendly establishments.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to get their daily dose of exercise and play. According to the SmartAsset study, there are 2.3 dog parks per 100,000 residents in the city. This is one of the highest numbers in the country. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Riding Meadow Park, Bernard Dog Run, Hartwood Acres County Dog Park, Point State Park, and White Oak Park.
Life in Pittsburgh with a dog
Pittsburgh has over 100 pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will have plenty of choices when you want to grab a bite to eat. Some of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants include Industry Public House, Redfin Blues, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle, and Mindful Brewing Company.
Pittsburgh has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and dog-friendly shopping centers. The city is also a favorable location when you want to find a place to live with your dog. A Zumper study ranked Lexington as the 38th best city in the country for pet-friendly rental listings.
When your friends and family are visiting Steel City, they too will have no trouble finding somewhere to stay with their dog as the city has dozens of pet-friendly hotels. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Omni William Penn Hotel, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, and The Oaklander Hotel.
Popular dog breeds in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is home to a diverse range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Labs, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, and American Pit Bull Terriers. No matter which breed you want to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its peers across the city.
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