So, you would like a Ewnybox Boxer...?
Ewnybox always encourage people thinking of purchasing a boxer to see and speak to as many boxer owners and breeders as possible. It may also be possible for me to put you in touch with someone in your area for you to contact and meet up with so you can meet their dogs.
There are many considerations when purchasing any puppy, including: space, time, finances and how a puppy will fit into your family life. There are also other things which are often not considered when looking for a puppy, such as parentage, health screening, temperament and so on.
Below is a fact sheet with questions for you to ask a breeder about your potential puppy. We have included our own responses to the questions.
Where does the boxer originate from, and what was the breed developed for?
The boxer was developed in Germany in the 19th century. The boxers ancestors were two German mastiff-type dogs, the Bullenbeiszer and the Barenbeiszer. They were crossed with the powerful ancestors of the mastiff and the bulldog. Early boxers were used for bull baiting, cart pulling, as cattle dogs, to round up livestock and to catch and pin wild boar and bison until hunters arrived. They later became popular theatre and circus dogs.
The first boxer studbook was started in 1904 . Up until then the dogs varied widely in looks and size. The boxer is known for the way it used its front legs to bat at its opponent, appearing to be boxing. Some of the boxer's talents are as a watchdog, guarding, police work, military work, search and rescue, competitive obedience, *schutzhund, show dog and finally as a wonderful family companion.
* Schutzhund is a dog sport that was developed in Germany in the early 1900s as a breed suitability test for the German Shepherd Dog. The test would determine if the dog displayed the appropriate traits and characteristics of a proper working German Shepherd Dog. Other breeds, including the boxer, have also shown aptitude for the three disciplines used in schutzhund; tracking, obedience and protection.
What is an Assured Breeder and is Ewnybox an Assured Breeder?
Ewnybox are Kennel Club Assured Breeders and this means we conform to all the Kennel Clubs recommendations for health tests and puppy sales for boxers and we have passed a Kennel Club inspection by an assessor.
The Kennel Club recommend that you always buy your puppies from Kennel Club Assured breeders and you can find us on The Kennel Club website.
How big will my Boxer grow?
The Kennel Club Breed Standard details the size of the Boxer as; 'Height: dogs: 57-63cm (22.5-25ins); bitches: 53-59cm (21-23 ins). Weight:
dogs: approximately 30-32 kgs (66-70lbs); bitches: approximately 25-27kgs (55-60lbs)'.
When will my Boxer be considered mature?
Bitches tend to mature faster than males. Approximately 2-3 years to reach physical maturity.
What sort of lifespan can be expected from the Boxer breed?
Approximately 12 years.
Please can I see both parents?
If at all possible, you must try and see the sire of the litter, but always make sure you see the mother and if possible see her with her puppies. At Ewnybox we do not allow puppies to be viewed before they are at least 3 weeks old, due to infection risks. Potential owners will be required to remove shoes and wash hands thoroughly.
We will always allow the mother to be seen with her puppies and where possible the sire as well if he is available. If the sire is not with us and not living nearby we will share information on his pedigree, health etc. Heath information is on the Breed Council website.
Will my puppy be registered with the Kennel Club?
What paperwork will I receive when I pick up my puppy?
All puppies are sold with a contract, full
Kennel Club registration documents, pedigrees and fact sheets that cover every aspect of keeping a new puppy in line with the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme.
Are both parents health tested according to the recommondations of the Boxer Breed Council and the Kennel Club BVA schemes which include scoring for boxer heart murmour?
Yes, Ewnybox test all their breeding stock, male and female and encourage heart testing of all their progeny.
Heart scoring is carried out by a Breed Cardiologist, not a vet, in line with the recommendations of the Boxer Breed Council. Full results and list of cardiologists can be seen on their website. We recommend that when buying a boxer puppy you only buy from heart tested parents. Ask to see the official paperwork to check both parents' scores.
Can I see official certificates for health tests?
Yes, we have cardiologists heart scoring results for all our breeding stock and they are readily available to view.
What health problems are found within the breed and are there different health problems with white boxers?
It is possible that a white boxer could be deaf.
There has been a problem with hearts in boxers but by choosing your puppy from heart tested parents this can help eliminate this.
Juvenile kidney disease (JKD) is also a health problem in the breed and up until now there has not been a test available. However new information may be available soon to change that, so watch this space...
What kind of temperament can I expect from my boxer?
Loyal, strong, loyal to owner and family but distrustful of strangers. Obedient, friendly at play, generally excellent with children, possesses guarding instinct, equable, biddable, fearless and self-assured.
What training is recommended for my boxer?
Socialisation as a puppy is essential for all dogs and boxers are no exception. Puppy classes or ringcraft classes are excellent. General obedience also as boxers can reach a high level of obedience.
Are boxers good with children?
Generally one of the endearing characteristics of the boxer breed is how good they are with children. However, as with all dogs, young children should never be left unsupervised. Boxers are a strong breed and very affectionate, but can sometimes be clumsy with their affection.
What is the recommended diet for my boxer?
All Ewnybox puppies leave with a puppy pack which includes a bag of Pro Plan food and an information leaflet on feeding. You cannot generalise regarding which food to feed as all dogs are individuals and one food may not suit every dog. We do recommend that any changes made to food is carried out slowly and monitored closely. We are always available to help with any questions or problems that may occur with your puppy.
What type of fencing (height and strength) would be required for my boxer?
Boxers are athletic dogs and love to jump and so a six foot fence of strong construction would be the ideal.
Do boxers moult?
The Boxer has a smooth, shorthaired coat and is easy to groom. Brushing with a bristle brush is sufficient and a bath when necessary. Boxers are average moulting dogs.
Vaccinations, worming, flea treatment and microchipping?
All our puppys are wormed, flea treated and micro-chipped before they leave us for their new homes. We expect the new owners to take the puppy for their first vaccination and full health check very soon after collection.
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