About Bishop's Boxers

Welcome to our blog!

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.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Puppies at 1 Week!

The puppies are doing very well.  I haven't taken too many pictures this week because, well, they don't do much at this age. Eat, sleep, eat, sleep, repeat... But don't worry; in the next couple weeks, they will change immensely.  This week, we will look forward to their eyes and ears opening.  Here are their 1 week old pictures, in birth order.  The kids helped me name them too.

Pumbaa (from The Lion King)
Brindle Male

Flynn (from Tangled)
Fawn Male 

Captain Hook (from Peter Pan) --Brindle Male
This special boy has a cleft lip, which is easily repaired with a little surgery.
He is going to be a big boy. Why the name? He has a perfectly shaped hook on his belly!

Darling (from Lady and the Tramp)
Fawn Female

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Puppy Cam 1/27/16

First footage taken this morning.  Sorry for the red light--it's the heat lamp to help keep them warm.

They had their visit vet visit last night to dock their tails and remove their dew claws.  The vet says they all have excellent sounding hearts.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Multitasking Mom

Puppies are doing well today!  Mom Eve won't leave their side, even to eat, so she gets room service delivered to her.  They go into the vet on Tuesday for their tail docking and dew claw removal.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

First Photos

Here are the first photos of this lovely litter. Mom and puppies are doing well.

Male Brindle
Male Fawn
Male Brindle (this little guy has a cleft lip, but it is just cosmetic and is easily fixed with surgery)
Female Fawn

Puppies Have Arrived!

Check back later for details and photos!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Keeping Mom Company

Eve made her way into the whelping box this morning, nesting a bit, which is a sign she is getting ready for her pending delivery. Of course, Latte, who is nearly inseparable from her mom Eve, had to be close by for moral support.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Litter Theme

With every litter, we (as a family) pick a theme for their kennel names (these are the names that we call them while at home with us, and are typically changed by the new families).  In the past, we've had Hawaiian, sodas, candy bars, Santa's reindeer (Christmas litter!), and people from the Bible.  In honor of our return to Southern California and visiting one of our favorite places here, the "Happiest Place On Earth," the family has decided this litter's names will be characters from Disney movies.  I bet you can probably guess a great name for a male white puppy.  Here is a clue: he has an orange nose, and wishes for summer! :)

One More Week...or Less!

Eve's litter is due this Sunday!  In the past, she has delivered both of her litters two days early, so I anticipate the puppies will make their debut Friday.  We have her whelping box ready to go.  She will give birth inside, and they will remain there until they are about 3-4 weeks old.

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)