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, September 27, 2014

Puppy Cam 8/28/14

Eve gets another award for Mom of the Year! She never seems to tire of being with her puppies. She still always wants to check on their welfare to make sure they are okay. Her interaction at this stage of their lives is essential in their development, such as how to play. 




Female White Boxer Puppies are Available In South Carolina

These three girls love to play outside. In between rain showers this week, I was able to get some photos of them on the run.

Luau found a stick


Yes, she's as cute, if not cuter, in person!
We are grateful our kids love dogs as much as they do. They play an integral part of raising these puppies so they are really well-socialized with kids by the time they leave our family.

The puppies will always submit to their mom

Eve
All the running made Aloha tired!

Are White Boxer Puppies Rare?

Not at all. There are a variety of misconceptions about the white boxer:
  1. White Boxers are rare. False. About 25% of all boxers born are white, or white with patches. It is not uncommon to have at least one white puppy in a litter.
  2. White Boxers are deaf. False. It is estimated that only approximately 13% are born deaf. Deafness is caused by a lack of pigmentation of the hair cells in the ear. Deaf puppies can bewell-trained, using a variety of different methods, such as hand signals and sign language. They do very well in agility training courses and competitions, as they are not distracted by the noise during competition.
  3. White Boxers are albinos. False. Albinism is a complete lack of pigment, including in the eyes.
White boxers are loved as much by their litter mates and mom as the other puppies. All reputable breeders will place them in loving homes, just as with the other fawn and brindle puppies, and usually do it at a slightly reduced price. However, reputable breeders will never breed white boxers because of the increased risk of deafness.

Here are 2 white boxers from 2 of our previous litters. I am sure they are equally spoiled!

Bodie was from Lady's second litter and is almost 4 years old. He lives with our good friends in Minnesota. 
Pearl just turned a year, and is from Eve's first litter last year.  She lives with her family in California.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

White Boxer Puppies are Available in South Carolina

Three sisters, waiting for someone to come and take them home.

Now that the rest of the family left with their new families over the weekend, Aloha, Waikiki, and Lei  have their house all to themselves. We often hear them having a great time running around, barking at each other, and playing with their toys. At 9 weeks old, they are really getting big!

Aloha
Aloha was born with a cleft lip. while some breeders may have chosen to put her down at birth, because she wasn't quite normal, we didn't have the heart. Our vet recommends repairing the lip when she is about 4-6 months old. Because of this, she has a reduced price. She is quite the fun little girl with lots of spunk. She is the smallest of these three females. 
Luau
Luau is a very sweet and gentle girl. Her brindle ears are very unique.  She is a medium sized puppy.
Waikiki
Waikiki is very playful and is the largest of the girls. She is all white, like the white, sandy beaches of Waikiki!





Sunday, September 21, 2014

Goodbye Kilauea, Lei, Diamond Head, and Kailua

We had a busy week around here, sending off our little ones to their new homes. Even though we love and will miss these puppies, it's a greater joy for us to place these puppies in wonderful families' homes, and know they will be smothered with love.

Kilauea (Cooper) left Friday to go to his new family in Los Angeles
He got delayed and stayed overnight in Chicago, but made it safely to L.A. Saturday morning.
United Airlines is the only airlines that will fly boxers, and they have a very good department which specializes in pet travel, and they have excellent service. 
Lei (now known as Lily) and Diamond Head (Negev) left Saturday morning with their new Atlanta , Georgia family.
Kailua left with her new family Sunday morning and will be at home in Birmingham, Alabama
We have 3 female white boxers available, and we would love to place them with more wonderful 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.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Saying Goodbye

Kahuna, now known as Koda Everest Blues, was the first puppy from the litter to leave this afternoon. He is staying here in the Charleston area with a great family who has a nine year old boxer, and is sure to have a wonderful life and make that family very happy! Before leaving, the puppies get a little spa treatment with full scrub, manicure and pedicure, and face shave.

In case you are wondering, we (especially our 4 kids) get a little sad once they leave our family. It's an intense 2 months for us, providing constant care, nurture, and love (and clean-up!). Our objective is to breed according to the AKC boxer breed standard, giving them the best possible upbringing and ensuring that they go to the best homes. Why? They are our little ones first, and we care about each one of them, as if we were going to keep them ourselves. That's why we are so picky about choosing families to love and care for them. We want to make sure that these puppies are going to be loved as much as we love them--or more. We love for our boxer families to keep in touch with us throughout the years with updates and photos.

Scrub-a-dub-dub, with a very curious Latte (our 1 year old from Eve's litter last year)
Smelling much better!
Kahuna was our oldest daughter's favorite boy

Boxer Puppies are 8 Weeks Old and Going Home!

These past eight weeks have gone so fast. It's hard to believe that they were once small enough to fit in the palm of my hand, and now they are bouncy, bubbly puppies around 10 pounds.  Here they are, now 8 weeks old and ready to go to their new homes. We have 4 females available to go to loving homes. Please contact us for more information on these cute little girls!

Aloha : White Check Female: AVAILABLE TO GO TO A LOVING HOME
Aloha looks a little different because she has a cleft lip. Many breeders might opt to put her down at birth,
but we didn't have the heart. Our vet recommends surgery when she is 4-6 months old to close it up. So even though she might not look quite normal, her big personality makes up for it!
Contact us for more information, including a reduced price.
Kahuna: Fawn Male: SOLD
Now known as Koda Everest Blues
Heading to Charleston, South Carolina
Kilauea: Brindle Male: SOLD
Now known as Cooper
Heading to Los Angeles, CA
Diamond Head: Fawn Male: SOLD
Heading to Atlanta, Georgia
Kailua: Brindle Female AVAILABLE TO GO TO A LOVING HOME!
Luau: White Check Female: AVAILABLE TO GO TO A LOVING HOME!
Waikiki: White Female: AVAILABLE TO GO TO A LOVING HOME!
Lei: Fawn Female: SOLD
Heading to Atlanta, Georgia
with her brother Diamond Head



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

South Carolina Boxer Puppies are 7 Weeks Old

The puppies are now 7 weeks old and will be ready to go to their new homes in one more week! We have 4 female puppies available to go to loving homes. Please contact us for more information.

Aloha: White Check Female AVAILABLE
Aloha might look a little different than the others because she has a cleft lip.  But
Don't be fooled! She has a big and fun personality. Because of a little surgery to close up her lip
at 4-6 months of age, she has a reduced price. Please contact us for more details.
Kahuna: Fawn Male SOLD 
Kilauea: Brindle Male: SOLD
Diamond Head: Fawn Male: SOLD
Kailua: Brindle Female: AVAILABLE
Luau: White Check Female: AVAILABLE
Waikiki: White Female: AVAILABLE
Lei: Fawn Female: SOLD

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Puppy Cam 9/7/14

Exploring the outdoors for the first time!




The Best Day EVER!

The puppies got their first time outside today. Pure bliss!! Moving from the most perfect weather in the country (San Diego) to the southeast has been a challenge for both humans and canines in our family. It's really hot here! This is the first time that we haven't had a nice, grassy area in our yard for the puppies to run in, and we are reluctant to let the puppies just have the entire back yard because of the pool and a variety of critters that crawl or slither on the ground. So today, we set up a fence that helped keep them in a safe and contained area. They had so much fun. I tried to capture all of them individually today, but they move quickly! Videos to be posted as soon as they are uploaded.

Kailua feeling the grass between her toes
Luau: "Me...getting into leaves? What is your first clue?"
Waikiki

Kilauea
Kahuna: Photo of the day
Trouble 1 and Trouble 2


Puppies are Healthy!

We've had a busy weekend. Friday, the puppies got their first car ride to the vet for their first round of puppy shots and check-ups. The good news is that everyone is very healthy! Their second round of shots will be in 3-4 weeks.



Friday, September 5, 2014

Time for Crate Training!

This story appeared on many news channels yesterday.  Dogs of any age can get themselves into trouble--don't let those big, puppy dog eyes deceive you! Sometimes I think it's because they are bored or left alone unattended. Because we crate our dogs, both young and old, whenever we leave the house and at night when we go to bed, we've avoided destruction and unnecessary vet visits. This is a funny story, but also a good lesson as you prepare for bringing your puppy home!

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weird-news/surgery-reveals-oregon-great-dane-ate-43-socks-n195481


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Puppy Cam 9/1/14

Something's different! Last night, we placed a crate in the box. This early crate exposure will help them in the transition to real crate training. There is no door on it, so they can come and go as they please.  Here is their first reaction to it. At one point 6 puppies were in the crate.

Unless you want your entire home destroyed by your new puppy, we strongly recommend crate training. It is never used as a punishment, but provides a safe, secure place for them to call home. 


Puppy Cam 8/30/14

The puppies have the most energy right after they eat. And, boy, can they make a mess! Seems like we just get it cleaned up, and it is a mess again! Here, Lei and Diamond head ended up trying to destroy the mats.

Puppies are 6 Weeks Old!

The puppies are now 6 weeks old--2 more weeks to go until they go to their new families. We were hoping to get them outside over the weekend, but it was just too hot. This week, they will be getting their first round of puppy shots and a health exam with the veterinarian. We would love to find more homes for the remaining 4 females soon!  We do offer to ship the puppies nationwide for an additional cost.


Aloha: White Check Female:
AVAILABLE TO GO TO A LOVING HOME
Aloha has a special surgery need because she has a cleft lip. Because of this,
she has a reduced price. She is a spunky and fun puppy! Please contact us for more information.
 
Kahuna: Fawn Male:
SOLD TO A LOVING HOME
 
Kilauea: Brindle Male:
SOLD TO A LOVING HOME
Diamond Head: Fawn Male:
SOLD TO A LOVING HOME
Kailua: Brindle Female:
AVAILABLE TO GO TO A LOVING HOME
Luau: White Check Female:
AVAILABLE TO GO TO A LOVING HOME
Waikiki: White Female:
AVAILABLE TO GO TO A LOVING HOME
 
Lei: Fawn Female:
SOLD TO A LOVING HOME


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)

Lady