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And not even books about the breed; sounds like they're the sort of books that give you one page or paragraph per breed, with a thumbnail P.R. sort of description.

That's what I'm guessing. Any book that contained real, useful information about the breed would have more than a brief sentence describing temperament.
Such books are USELESS in terms of actually learning about a breed's characteristics, and are often frighteningly inaccurate. They're fun to look at, and handy for visually ID'ing dogs you meet on the street, but that's about it.

Exactly. I pick up older "all breed" books when I find them at yard sales and thrift shops. The illustrations are interesting, and as you note, they're fun to look at. As sources of breed information, though, they are seriously lacking and often incorrect.
I'd be interested in knowing the gender and age of the two that pfoley "meets on daily walks", if by "daily walks" s/he means walks with the female Rott s/he owns.

Bingo. Harriet had a Rottie friend that she absolutely adored. This was before she was fully mature, so I don't know how she'd feel about him now, but chances are she'd get along with a similar dog just fine. He was a spectacular goofball.

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I would suggest that you just have a grumpy dog not unlike yourself.

Great suggestion! I'll be implementing that tout de suite!

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Dog-aggression is an entirely different thing.

You would think that someone with a naturally protective breed, like, say, a Rottweiler, would know that.
What, if anything, do your breed books say about ability to get along with other dogs? For that matter, what negative comments do your books have about ANY facet of owning Boxers?

Most of my Boxer books go into quite a bit of detail about the negatives and potential negatives of the breed.
Do they, for example, mention that deafness is an issue in the breed? Or that Boxers are considerably more likely to develop a number of cancers than other breeds? Or that some of them have breathing and/or eating problems due to malformation of the muzzle?

Hypothyroidism? Allergies?
I dunno about "maroon", but not understanding that "very friendly with humans" doesn't negate "aggressive with select dogs of the same sex" indicates a fairly low level of basic knowlege about dog behaviour.

Oh, I'd qualify The Pfoley as being a maroon, as s/he insists on misunderstanding repeated attempts to explain that dog aggression is common in Boxers, and its presence does not mean those individuals have "bad dispositions."
So are we - that is, Shelly, Suja, and I - and I'm willing to bet that between the three of us we've met about 200% more Boxers than you have, over a much longer period of time.

I'd say that's a pretty safe assumption. If The Pfoley actually cared about getting a realistic picture of what the breed is like, with regard to dog aggression, s/he should Google up some of the discussions TaraO and I had on the topic. I believe her rescue group was one of the ones that would not place a dog in a home with an existing dog of the same sex.
Not to mention that any honest breed description of them will mention the potential not only for dog aggression, but for protective behaviour.

Even the crappier Boxer books I have address those issues.
Here are some links for you: http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/boxers.html - make sure you read all the way down to point #4 under ... a Boxer Rescue group; rescues are usually more honest about potential problems. Scroll down to the section on "Obedience training"

Thanks for providing those, though I doubt s/he will look at them.

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