About Bishop's Boxers

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We are a boxer-loving family that recently retired from military life and relocated to the Chicago suburbs. Our love for the breed began back in 1987 with our first boxer in Minnesota. Although he wasn't the most beautiful boxer, Chesty became extremely well-trained. Unfortunately, in 1998, he got cancer and we had to put him down when he was nearly 11.

Knowing that we didn't want to experience life without Boxers, we had a new puppy waiting to be shipped from Crossroad Boxers in California to Minneapolis, Minnesota. We gave this striking 8-month old fawn male the name of Bishop. Little did we realize that he would be the beginning of our own kennel, Bishop's Boxers.

Bishop participated in many dog shows while we had time in graduate school, but then came children and 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 got our first female, Lady, in February of 2005. Lady produced two wonderful litters of puppies with Telstar's Dixieland Band (Bandit). Telstar Boxers continue to be a large part of our pedigrees. We lost Lady in August 2015 to Cushing's disease. It never gets any easier.

We kept one female puppy from Lady's first litter, Eve. And from one of Eve's litters, we kept Latte, a classic fawn female. We update our blog regularly, so be sure to check back here or on our Facebook page for the most current information.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Curiosity Killed the Cat...or Dog

Teddy is filled with curiosity this week. So many fun things to see and explore. But as they say, "Curiosity killed the cat!" Be sure to always have your eyes on your puppy. They can get into a lot of trouble in a matter of 60 seconds (or less!). Of course, anything is fair game if it's on his level:

Pinecones...he thinks they are perfect for munching and crunching. And they don't slip out of his mouth while running around in circles as you are trying to entice him with something more puppy friendly.

Rags are always an easy target, particularly when you are under the sink and he is just waiting for the opportunity to slide past you with one in his mouth. Hopefully there aren't any chemicals on them. They love to rip these with those sharp teeth. They may even become "alive."

 Shoes are a particular favorite. He dragged my shoe over the entire kitchen, and if I let him, he probably would have made a chew toy out of it. Instead, he started on his back paw. Now if you have flip flops laying around--every puppy thinks that's the BEST toy ever!

If you want to know what real toys work best, try racquet balls--they love that they are bouncy and fast, and they can easily fit into their mouths and are not easily destroyed by those sharp teeth. Chew toys, like Nylabones or Kong toys are also great. We don't usually use rawhides. They chew and chew them, but eventually they swallow them and they are difficult to digest. Our two boxers usually end up in a fight over who gets it because of their possessiveness with their toys. Rope toys are usually well liked and are fun if you have another dog at home. 

1 comment:

  1. If there's one thing boxers are good at, it's getting into things that they aren't supposed to! They're so spunky and full of energy. And best of all, they're one of the few breeds that are seemingly immune to cataracts in dogs, so that's at least one illness you don't have to worry about!


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)