Not everyone likes slobbery dog kisses, but those that do should consider adopting Godiva. Though she doesn’t fare well with children, cats, or other dogs, she would make the perfect pet for an active family who enjoys outdoor athletics like hiking or running.
Godiva is a mix of two high-energy breeds: boxer and Labrador retriever. Boxers were bred in Germany for the purpose of bull baiting and herding cattle, then became one of the first breeds selected for police training. During both World Wars, boxers were used for guard, patrol, and carrying messages through enemy lines.
Labradors were bred to retrieve game for hunters, but now also work as police dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, guide dogs, therapy dogs, and more. They are among the most popular breeds not only for their intelligence and trainability but for their loyalty, friendliness, and enthusiasm.
The result of mixing the two is a strong, muscular, energetic dog who thrives on human companionship and needs regular exercise. Her playfulness can be overwhelming at times, such as when she tries playing tug-of-war with the leash during walks. Always have extra toys or treats on hand in case she needs a distraction. She will gladly sit on command for a treat, but her patience will only last so long before she leaps up to snatch the treat out of your hand.
Since boxers have low tolerance for hot weather, a good summer activity for Godiva would be boating. Feeling the wind in her face and jumping into the lake to retrieve toys would be euphoria for her.
For more information on Godiva and other adoptable dogs, call Homeward Animal Shelter at 701-239-0077.
– Särah Nour