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, November 24, 2014

A Different "C" Word: Cushing's Disease and Boxers

We got news this last week about our oldest boxer, Lady, who will be 10 years old in February (pictured with her first litter of puppies in the large photo above). We noticed that she started drinking excessively a couple weeks ago. She has also gained 10 pounds since July, and sometimes pants while resting. Something was up, so we had some blood work and urine tests done. I thought it could be her kidneys; they were fine, but the liver function was down. Our vet concluded that she has Cushing's Disease.

Cushing's Disease (hyperadrenocorticism) is a disease that can occur in both humans and in a variety of dog breeds (rarely cats), and is caused by an a small tumor either in the pituitary gland or in the adrenal glands, which in turn cause an overproduction of cortisol in the body. Some symptoms of Cushing's Disease include: excessive thirst, increased hunger, pot-bellied abdomen, weight gain, hair loss, excessive panting, changes in coat appearance, lack of energy, and darkening of skin. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Cushing's Disease, and it is progressive in nature. Medications are available to help treat the symptoms and to make the dog more comfortable. Those medications can have very serious side effects, so the proper dosage must be accurately determined and closely monitored by the veterinarian. With older dogs, like Lady, those medications generally will not prolong life. For more reading on Cushing's Disease and dogs, click here.

So begins the talks about what is best for Lady. With the average life span for boxers at 10 years, she's "about that age." Our other boxers have all been put down when they are about 10 1/2 years old. She has been an extremely healthy dog; the only thing she's ever been to the vet for (besides her annual checkups) was when she was spayed. For now, she is doesn't have the energy she once had, but still dishes out lots of kisses, and her tail is still wagging. As long as it still wags, life is good.

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)