Below are details regarding the health testing we do on our dogs, the various sports and activities that they compete in, and information on how we feed our dogs. We also cultivate useful and important information on a regular basis and are pleased to share it in blog form.
Boxers as a breed have some health concerns that we work diligently to breed away from. The two cardiac diseases are considered mandatory testing and the rest is considered optional testing. We choose to test for all of them.
SUB AORTIC STENOSIS (SAS) This is a congenital condition, a narrowing or constriction of the outflow tract from the left ventricle to the aorta. It can be tested by a cardiologist after the age of two using a color Doppler machine. We do not breed any boxer that has an aortic flow rate greater than 2.0m/s or displays any other evidence of SAS according to a veterinary cardiologist.
ARRYTHMIC RIGHT VENTRICULAR CARDIOMYOPATHY (ARVC) This is a malfunction of the electrical impulses that make the heart beat properly. We test for this yearly using a Holter monitor and a cardiologist. The report lets us know if there are abnormal heartbeats. We will not breed dogs that have failed this test in the opinion of a cardiologist or dogs that do not have a clean test within the last 18 months. Note: The DNA test for this disease DOES NOT clear a dog from ever developing ARVC. Regular Holters are still the most effective way to screen breeding stock at this time.
DEGENERATIVE MYLEOPATHY (DM) Affects aging dogs in the form of deteriorating nervous function in the hind end. We use a DNA test to screen for the genes that make a dog susceptible to this disease and research pedigrees to look for dogs that actually developed the disease, breeding away from the genes.
HIP/ELBOW DYSPLASIA This is the improper development of the hip or elbow joint. We screen for this with x-rays taken after the age of two which are then analyzed by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for grading and certification. Historically, this is not a boxer problem so many older or deceased stud dogs may not have these clearances. We combat this with pedigree research.
CANINE THYROGLOBULIN ANTIBODIES (TgAA) This is the presence of thyroid antibodies that may indicate future autoimmune problems including, but not limited to, allergies, digestion troubles, and even some cancers. We use this to measure thyroid health and to steer our breeding decisions towards strong thyroids. Historically, this is not a boxer problem and is considered optional by many breeders. For deceased stud dogs, we rely on pedigree research looking for allergies, cancer, and any auto-immune problems.
Dog activities come in many different forms. Dog breeds were developed for a variety of purposes and the activities we have today harken back to the tasks your dog was traditionally bred for. Boxers are unique in that they were designed to be an overall utility dog. That means they should be athletic and smart enough to be able to do any task put before them. Their extreme versatility makes the unique and also allows owners to participate in such a wide variety of events.
Activities are more than walks. Many behavior outbursts and problems stem from a bored or restless dog. Activities keep your dog healthy inside and out, will strengthen your bond, and will create a well-rounded obedient dog that is a joy to share your home with. Here are some of the most accessible sports for your boxer:
Involves having your dog ’show off’ so to speak. This sport involves your dog demonstrating what a true boxer looks and acts like to earn titles and awards, and we all know how much a boxer loves to show off!
A sport that combines the fun, spontaneity, and obedience all in one package. Great for beginners and experts alike, the rally community is welcoming and classes are offered at most obedience schools.
An amped up version of obedience, the dressage of dog sports so to speak. The goal is flawless performance between dog and handler. Perfect for those who love attention to detail!
Nutrition is the building block of a healthy and robust dog. From puppyhood through to their senior years, proper nutrition is crucial for your dog’s quality of life. It not only keeps the body strong and capable of tackling all that life throws at them; it also preserves dental health and has a tremendous impact on the soundness of mind.
Over the years we have fed our dogs a variety of diets based on the most current information available and real word results compiled from the dog sporting community. There is no one perfect diet for all dogs. What works for our dogs includes a combination of whole foods and different brands of commercially prepared foods such as kibbles. Existing evidence along with our own experience has confirmed for us that feeding a varied diet of quality foods helps our dogs thrive.
Whatever method of feeding that fits in with your lifestyle, we will provide guidance and sample menus of how to keep your dog in peak condition throughout its life stages. This includes a continuously updated list of the best kibbles on the market along with raw resources applicable to your area. It also includes some essential supplement recommendations to make the most out of the diet that works for your dog and your lifestyle. Have a dietary question? We are only an email away!
Frequently Asked Questions
How much are your puppies?
Our puppies are $2800. This includes a 5-year health guarantee that’s pretty extensive (see Ownership Agreement), temperament evaluations, structural evaluations, a cardiologist check at 8 weeks, a vet check, chiropractic check, vaccine protocols, wormed, microchipped, 30 days of pet insurance, CKC registration, a book containing all records including parental records, and training resources tailored to the needs of your family and your puppy’s traits.
Do you breed German, European, or Continental boxers?
Sort of. Here’s the thing: all boxers originated in Germany and depending on temperament, are all capable of the same achievements. What the REAL question is, is do you prefer a specific look? Some of the European import boxers are slightly shorter with a heavier body, a larger head, and a shorter muzzle. We blend a few different styles together to achieve a boxer true to the breed standard. Basically, take a look at our dogs and decide for yourself if they suit your vision of an ideal boxer – they do to us!
Do I get to pick my puppy or let a puppy pick me?
Not exactly. The temperament testing and structural evaluations we do at 8 weeks will determine which puppy or puppies are best suited for you, your family, and your lifestyle. A puppy picking you is a feel-good myth that has no basis in fact. The truth is when you visit a litter, the best puppy for you might be sleepy while the wrong puppy for you just woke up and wants to crawl into your lap. Everyone is welcome to attend our evaluations so you can observe each puppy and we can explain their traits. You will gain a much deeper understanding of why we recommend the companions we do. While your gender preference is important, we will not make any placement recommendations based on colour preferences.
Are white boxers sickly or defective?
No. They come from the same bucket of DNA as their coloured siblings. The only concern with white boxers is a chance of deafness which we test for once they are about 6 weeks of age. Because they cannot be shown, and we certainly do not want to multiply any chance for deafness by breeding them, white boxers are considered loving companions or performance prospects. All of our health guarantees apply to white puppies as well as their coloured littermates.
Why do I have to take my puppy to classes instead of training it at home?
Puppy socialization and training is something we take very seriously and this includes 2 rounds of structured classes before the puppy turns 12 months of age. Your puppy needs to learn how to work and stay calm in a host of distracting and neurotic environments, not just in your home. They also need to learn how to ignore other crazy dogs and obnoxious people. It’s easy to teach a dog new tricks in your living room, but what you cannot simulate at home is the bonkers environment of a puppy or adolescent class. A puppy class is a temperament building goldmine!
I live pretty far away. Will you ship a puppy?
Yes. We have wonderful families across North America who own our dogs. The right dog in the right home is a special thing and we have dealt with transporting puppies to their perfect homes many times before. Each circumstance is different and be advised that there are additional costs associated with transporting a puppy.
Do I have to feed raw food?
No. While we do believe that a varied diet of whole foods is the ideal diet for a healthy life, we recognize that raw feeding is not suited for every family. We keep an updated list of quality kibbles we recommend along with additive suggestions to ensure your dog receives a varied and healthy diet.
Do you breed mini boxers or boxer mixes?
No. Never. Stop asking us this and don’t ask if you can use one of our males for your experiments either. We are not the breeders for you.