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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Breeder Recommendations

Many people wonder what things we really like to use with our boxers. Below is a picture to show you a few of our favorites.
From left to right, clockwise:
1. Dog harness: gives you better control for walking your dogs, without risk of damage to their throats

2. hydrating spray: we use this after we bathe them, available in a variety of brands and scents

3. Nutro Crunchy dog treats. Recommended by one of our puppy owners, the dogs love these blueberry treats! If you have a hard time training your puppy to go into the crate, this is a great reward when he goes in!

4. Dog Biscuits: We recently tried these dog biscuits from Costco, and the dogs love them. Good for a snack in between meals.

5. Shedding blade: although boxers don't shed a lot, this is a helpful tool after bathing, as it gets out the extra dead hair. Be gentle when using it.

6. Dremmel: You might have this on your tool box, but this is a great tool for trimming the dog's nails. It really helps prevent cutting the nail too short, and causing bleeding an possible infection. Press down on the tips of the nails first, just to the very tip of the quick in the nail. Then go around in a circle around the nail. (We can show you in person when you come to pick up your puppy!)

7. Washing hand mitt: Available in your local pet store, this really helps you scrub the dogs and get the dead hair out.

8. Grooming brush: Use after bathing and after using the shedding blade.

9. Not shown: Dried Liver treats: Available at your local pet store, these are found in the dog treat section. They usually come in a can or zippered bag. We use them for very special training times, like when we want to train them to sit, stay, lie down, come, etc. Your dog will do ANYTHING for you when you have these in your pocket. 

10. Also not shown: Benadryl. Yes, the human kind. Especially in the summer, the dogs can get bee stings. If you suddenly see bumps all over the dogs back that resemble hives, or the dogs eyes are shut, pop one to two pills in the dog's mouth. Sometimes, but not all times, you can avoid a trip to the vet with this. But if it is really bad and you don't notice a change after 30 minutes, they need to be seen and have an extra shot from the vet. But always try this first.

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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)