Here are some frequently asked questions and answers that maybe helpful for the new boxer owner
Q; DO BOXERS NEED A LOT OF ATTENTION?
A; The boxers main characteristic is the desire for human affection, the boxer is at his happiest when he is with people. Boxers thrive if given the utmost attention.
Q; ARE BOXERS GOOD WITH CHILDREN?
A; Although no dog should be alone with children, Boxers are a breed that can be trusted with children. A Boxer will play and roll with children or sit and lay quietly with them, making most boxers excellent pets with children.
Q; ARE THEY DESTRUCTIVE?
A; Boxers are only destructive if they have been left for long periods of time or haven’t been exercised enough; they easily get bored and need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. Lack of this can result in your home looking as if it has been ransacked.
Q; DOES A BOXER NEED PLENTY OF EXERCISE?
A; Adult boxers need daily exercise; we recommend two twenty minute sessions including lead training and free running. Puppies however require minimal exercise, free running in the garden is quiet sufficient for a boxer puppy until at least a year old. Too much exercise can damage the bones and overall condition of the boxer. Short walks are adequate just to socialise and get him used to been on a lead.
Q: DO BOXERS SUFFER FROM SERIOUS HEART PROBLEMS?
A; Most common in boxers is heart problems at the moment. We ensure that ALL our breeding stock is heart-tested clear for breeding by a cardiologist once they are over 12 months old. This is done with a stethoscope and the cardiologist can hear if there is any apparent heart-murmur, she then grades it between 0-6 if the murmur is above 2 then it is unwise to breed from this animal as it can increase the chances of its offspring developing heart problems in later life.
Q; ARE WHITE BOXERS PRONE TO DEAFNESS?
A; although there is a higher percentage of deafness when a boxer is white (approximately 18% of whites) not all are deaf. Deaf boxers can still be trained successfully and will still be an ideal pet for your family. Fortunately we have never encountered any deaf boxers that we have bred.
Q; SHOULD I BREED FROM MY BOXER BITCH?
A; The first thing that you should ask yourself is: Why you want a litter from your bitch? If it is for financial gain then forget it! If you raise the litter correctly then you will certainly be lucky to break even. Don’t forget you have vet bills, heating costs, food bills and 24-hour attention from you to give to the puppies, also to consider is the fact that puppies can be very destructive and messy, furniture can be chewed and carpets soiled. It certainly isn’t cheap. If you have the time, money, space and you want to keep a puppy from the litter and have a good-natured healthy-heart-tested-clear-boxer, then why not.
Q; I AM INTERESTED IN SHOWING, HOW DO I START?
A;If you want a well bred puppy with a good pedigree from a breeder then you must be prepared to wait. The first thing that we did was to visit some of the dog shows and have a good look at the dogs, marked down in our catalogue which one’s caught our eye and then contacted the breeder/exhibitor. We was quiet lucky at first when we went to the shows and the one dog that stood out the most was my first show girls (Roamaro Nike) half sister ‘Ch Seacrest in The Wings At Alcomar’, I contacted the breeder and within a week I had my new puppy… believe me it isn’t usually as easy as that, some people have to wait years for that special show puppy. If you reserve the dog papers from your newsagent ‘DOG WORLD’ or ‘OUR DOGS’ then there will be a list at the back giving details of all the forthcoming shows that are in your area, dates and where they will be held. If you are lucky enough to purchase a puppy then contact one of your local Boxer clubs that are in your area, they will tell you of any training classes that are held locally and will be more than willing to help you; a list of boxer clubs in the UK can be found at www.ukboxerdogs.co.uk . No puppy however is a guaranteed show puppy so don’t expect wonders at first, just keep trying and both ENJOY.