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.


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)

Lady