We were told that Ripley is a Malamute x Boxer and you can definately see the both in her:
Boxer colouring and ears but not muzzle
Malamute tail and thickness of coat despite her being short haired
She has a hell of a lot of stubborness in her but I am told that could be from either breed.
I haven't read the book but would be very interested to. I have never owned a Malamute or Boxer before - I have only ever had BC's.
She is playful but does not like fetch.
She is not that interested in toys but has more interest than when we first rescued her.
Recall was REALLY difficult to teach (but she was 18 months old when we got her and she had never been walked or been integrated or socialised to the outside world)
She is loyal and loving.
She is dominant with dogs but brilliant and soft with children.
She is soft with cats and more friendly to them than other dogs.
She is not a barker but is very vocal... (howling when excited on the way to a walk in the car for instance)
She is a growler and talker when playing.
I don't really know which breed she is more like but would love any insight anyone else has on this...