About Bishop's Boxers

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We have been a Boxer-loving family since 1987. Our love for the breed began with our first boxer, Chesty. Purchased from a California pet store, Chesty was extremely intelligent and trained closely with military police dogs, becoming highly skilled in search and rescue.

After losing Chesty to cancer and knowing we didn't want to experience life without Boxers, we purchased a striking 8-month-old fawn male Boxer from Crossroad Boxers in California. We named him Bishop. Little did we realize that he would be the beginning of our kennel, Bishop's Boxers.

Bishop participated in many dog shows while we had time in graduate school, but then came four children and 16 years of active duty military life. Having the desire to have a puppy from Bishop and the determination to uphold and improve the standard of the Boxer breed, we bred Bishop and kept a puppy, Lady, from the litter in February of 2005. Lady produced two wonderful litters of puppies with Telstar Boxers. We continued our breeding program with Telstar Boxers and Eve, Lady’s daughter, until we retired from the military in 2016.

As we transitioned back into civilian life, we paused our breeding program for nearly five years and are pleased to introduce our two new Telstar females, Callie and Prancer. Our goal at Bishop’s Boxers is to be dedicated to breeding and raising healthy, beautiful dogs with affectionate temperaments and sound structure in accordance with the AKC Boxer breed standard. The health and well-being of all our animals from birth until they leave with their forever family--and beyond--is critical to us. We utilize current recommended health tests before breeding to provide our puppies the best opportunity for a long, healthy life.

Our puppies are raised by our family with children and other dogs. They play an active and very important role in caring for, preparing, and socializing the puppies for their future families. As a result, the puppies leave our home with a clear advantage in adapting and transitioning to their new families.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Daily Happenings

So what do these little ones do all day? Eat, sleep, eat, sleep...all day long.  At this stage, mom Eve cares for all of their needs. She feeds and cleans them all day. They eat about every hour or so. Moms are so focused on their duties, that they often neglect themselves, so we have to make sure she is getting the proper nutrition and rest to care for all of her pups. So here are a few pictures of what's been going on the last few days.

The puppies are removed from the whelping box and kept warm in a box, while Eve takes a potty and eating break. They are safe when she comes rushing back in to check on their well-being. One huge paw pounce on a little (less than a pound) puppy could really be harmful!

Then we weigh each puppy to make sure that they are getting enough to eat. Mom Eve is deeply concerned about what we are doing with her baby, 

The smaller puppies get first priority in the feeding line. The bigger ones tend to push the smaller ones out of the way and hog the milk. Once they have had time to eat, we bring in the bigger ones.

Last night, Mr. Pibb scooted himself onto Eve's neck and fell asleep there.

Mom's milk hasn't fully come in yet, and with 10 pups, supply is limited to feed everyone. So we had to start supplementing warm goat's milk this morning to help a few of the smaller ones. They are so precious.

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Our first boxer Chesty. He wasn't the most beautiful boxer, but certainly well-loved!

Bishop at 9 months

Bishop about 1 year

Our last picture with Bishop (July 2008)