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Here at PR Boxers we strive to raise the most Mentally and Physically healthy puppies
possible. In doing so we have scoured the Internet and library educating ourselves on all the
aspects of canine health, Boxers in particular. What we found is that  Beginning with the
genetics handed down in the DNA, to the never ending assaults of the products in their
environment, and the quality of the ingredients we feed them, There will never be one right
answer that everyone agrees with but it was pretty simple to deduce that we needed to find a
good food, find a way to boost the immune system and work our way up to including as many
genetic tests as possible. The first two were fairly easy,  the third will take some time but will
be something we will be constantly working toward. As of 2018 100% of our stock has been
tested for Heart via Echocardiogram and DM. Holter Results available for most. Hip
certifications are next on the list for those that don't have it already. So, let's start with the
first one, a good food. This happens to be something I have had some experience with and
spent many hours researching. Years ago I had rescued a Rottweiler puppy. This was around
the time that Science Diet was climbing the fame ladder and I chose Science Diet puppy. By
the time Diago was 18 months old he was mostly lame. His joints in his knees were toast and
so were some of his internal organs. I worked as a vet tech at the time and ran all possible
tests to determine the problem. While we were testing the story came out that the formula for
the puppy food was too rich and forcing too rapid of a growth pattern. Hence, the reason we
now have foods specifically formulated for large breed puppies. Test results concluded diet
was the likely culprit. My research taught me a few very important things that the majority of
the big name dog foods, especially those sold in most grocery/walmart stores, don't want you
to know. For a balanced diet a dog needs a certain amount of "digestible" protein to maintain
health. So in their marketing, pet food companies tried to emphasize the protein content of
their foods. Here's the kicker, shoe leather and chicken feet and beaks are 26% protein, but
totally not digestible for the canine. Anything that says "by-product" is usually a mix of
hideous, leftover, swept from the floor ingredients that are pass through fillers, used to raise
the numbers on the nutritional specs of the feed, again not digestible. The first ingredient in
most of these foods? Corn. This may sound nasty but have you ever looked into the toilet a
day or so after you have eaten corn on the cob? If so, you most surely saw the corn kernels
that did not digest passing right on through. It works that way with horses too. If fed a sweet
feed with corn, whether whole or cracked you can see it in their stools. It is a filler, plain and
simple, that has the side effect of increased energy and provides a small amount of protein
making it a cheap ingredient that allows the manufacturer to use less actual meat to meet the
protein requirements. Corn also has the dangerous and common possibility of containing
Aflotoxin, a type of mold that can grow on the corn that is very potent and dangerous causing
many deadly side effects including Liver Failure. So the quality of the ingredients is of utmost
importance. This holds true for alot of the other required vitamins and minerals as well,
certain sources are more bio available than others.  This all led me to take a tour of a few dog
food plants. The winner at that time was NutroMax. At the time it was the only company
emphasizing the use of human grade ingredients and the factory was immaculate. Nowadays,
there are several companies with above average products but unfortunately they like to take
your right arm and leg in exchange. Not a big issue when you own one or two dogs but
becomes a huge issue when you own several. Not into cutting corners but want to get what I
pay for and don't like paying for advertising we found a website called  
This site is not funded by any dog food companies. They analyze the ingredients, the form
they come in and the source of the ingredients and rate them from 1-5 stars. I recommend
this tool to help you decide which 4 or 5 star dog food you would like to feed.
Although not all
4-5 star rated foods on this site are ones I consider to be safe or recommended as some of
them are grain free and contain ingredients I try to steer clear of. Read on...A few more mentioned above I steer clear of corn, by-products, wheat and soy. And with the
recent FDA warnings about Grain Free foods causing Diet related Heart issues in dogs,I also
avoid anything with peas, or pea flour or anything related to peas, lentils, potatos, sweet or
white, garbonzo beans, and flaxseed unless it is farther than 5 ingredients down on the list.
The combination of these extra above mentioned ingredients that supply protein in varying
levels can actually allow them to include less Meat (meat based porteins) even though it may
be mentioned first on the list and most grain free foods contain less meat than grain
inclusive versions due to this fact. Meat based proteins are processed differently and
provide different types of nutrients and minerals than Plant based proteins, (which actually
block the uptake of some nutrients or have non-bioavailable nutrients).
You want your meat
sources named specifically and chicken meal is better than chicken as chicken is mostly
water so whats left after they process it into kibble is minimal, while chicken meal is
essentially what is left after processing the chicken already and is more dense and nutritious
than the chicken itself but remember chicken, pork or beef meal is better than meat or
poultry meal as it specifies the exact source. There are many more similar facts to learn about
reading a dog food label but a few minutes on Dog Food Advisor is all you need to begin to
be a smart label reader. A word of caution about the grain free fad. In order for a food to be
truly grain free it would have to contain a very large amount of meat protein to be balanced.
To do this would make the food too expensive for the majority of dog owners so
manufacturers began scrambling for different cheaper ingredients to raise the specs on the
food. So there is a lot of lentils and fruits and vegetables being added to these foods. Some
grain free foods are deficient in Taurine and can cause heart problems like Cardiomyopathy.
Lentils (peas)are phyto-estrogens and can cause reproduction issues in breeding animals
and possible hormonal imbalances in others. Grain free is just not all its cracked up to be. It
has a place with animals who have allergy issues to grains though it is not always better than
grain inclusive. Another truth to ponder is that the same ingredient can be listed on two
different brands but not mean the same thing at all in terms of quality. A cheaper grocery
store dog food may list corn as well as a high priced brand but I can assure you the corn in
the cheaper food will be bottom of the barrel molded waste that they cant sell for any other
purpose while the corn in the higher priced food will likely be a cleaner version. That is true
of most of the ingredients. Vitamins, minerals and fats and antioxidants can be sourced from
different  ingredients, the cheaper ones will be less bio available than the more expensive
ones, meaning your dog will be able to utilize the ingredients  in the more expensive food
better than the ones in the cheaper food. And most times the cheaper ingredients are the
sources for allergy issues as they usually will include some degree of mold, toxins, bacteria
and other unpleasant stuff. You get out what you put in and I truly believe that feeding them
better quality food goes a long way to help prevent cancers and auto immune issues as well
as obesity and bone and joint issues. You will likely be able to feed less of the better foods
than you would the cheaper food as well making clean up easier also.

Next lets tackle the environment and the immune system. Research has shown that Canines
did not have all the health issues plaguing them today until we started feeding them
commercially prepared dog foods and housing and feeding them in plastic kennels  and
bowls. Most ailments that are prevalent today were never heard of when the dogs were kept
in a natural environment and fed an all natural, un-processed diet. I do believe that feeding a
RAW diet is probably best but it is not for everyone and we could never expect our puppy
buyers to adhere to the extra costs and maintenance issues needed to feed a RAW diet. Then
there is the environment issue. So many things we come in contact with on a daily basis and
never give a second thought to are sources of trouble for our pets. The chemicals in our
cleaners and carpets, the detergents used to wash their bedding, the plastics they eat and
drink from, the chemicals we subject them too in the name of keeping them healthy and flea
and parasite free all wreak havoc on their immune systems introducing free radicals bent on
destroying healthy tissue and processes. So we went looking for something to help boost
their immune systems.
NU-Vet fit the bill. Not just an ordinary vitamin/mineral supplement but
an immune system supplement that works on a cellular level with years of research behind it,
numerous patents and state of the art processing procedures. Seeking out the free radicals
that we have subjected them to in their environment and the food we feed them and
destroying them. All you have to do is read the hundreds of testimonials on their website
from happy pet owners everywhere telling how numerous ailments have been cured or
controlled by this supplement to agree that there is more reasons to try it than there are not
to try it. Tumors reduced or eliminated, thyroid issues gone, shedding cured, old arthritic
pets able to walk again, pets the vet sent home to die living another several months to years
longer. The list goes on. See some preliminary info on our
Nu-Vet page and visit their website
for hundreds of testimonials. We use this supplement and recommend it to our puppy buyers.
We will extend the one year Health Guarantee another 24 months for a total of 3 years if the
buyers will keep their pet on the program during that time. That's how much we believe in it.
BUT I was still hearing story after story of Boxers passing from cancer and other ailments
even in families that did feed good food. And knowing about the mere 25% genetic statistics,
stating that only 25% of our pets common ailments are genetic or hereditary, the rest caused
by environmental influences, there had to be another answer. Recent research led us to
stumble on  some of the biggest findings in decades that totally bucks tradition and the way
things have been done for decades. And in my opinion explains why we are seeing an
increase of issues in our companion animals that time wise correlates back to when we
began early routine Spay/Neuter of our pets and annual vaccinations and preventive
measures. Let's tackle the Spay/Neuter issue first.  I'm including a short summary in my words
of an article from Canine Sport Productions by Chris Zink DVM, PhD, DACVP titled Early Spay
Neuter Considerations for the Canine Athlete: Orthopedic Considerations. It seems through
15 cited studies from 1991 to present, in this article alone, (there are many more) that we are
NOT doing our dogs any favors by Spaying and Neutering and that Spaying/Neutering too
early before puberty or maturity is detrimental to their health in a number of ways. Early
Spay/Neuter done before maturity/puberty causes significantly delayed closure of growth
plates, so bones continue to grow when the hormones that regulate growth are absent. This
results in abnormal angles in stifles, longer heavier lower leg bones resulting in stress on
the Cranial Cruciate ligament, among others, leading to ruptures of these ligaments. A dog
subjected to early Spay/Neuter is frequently easily identified by a taller appearance due to
the longer limbs, lighter bone structure than the breed may carry, narrow chests and skulls
and general unbalanced conformational appearance. Increased CCL/ACL ruptures is just one
finding followed by higher incidence of Hip Dysplasia, 5 X's greater risk of hemangiosarcoma,
now one of the 3 most common types of cancer in canines, (wonder why since the majority of
our pets are spayed/neutered), higher chance of Bone Cancer, undesirable behaviors such
as sexual, aggression, phobias, behavioral, stress, and separation anxiety to name a few.
There is a higher incidence of cognitive impairment in old age, urinary incontinence in
females and urethral sphincter incontinence in males. Spaying/Neutering is considered the
most significant risk factor for Hypothyroidism as well. A higher incidence of vaccine and
medication reactions in spayed/neutered dogs surely relates to the belief that the immune
system is dependent on hormones to work properly. The above research along with personal
experience and observation has led us to alter our stand on Spay/Neuter and our Health
Guarantee to include the requirement that you do NOT Spay/Neuter your pet before the age
of one year/or before first heat for females, and we prefer 18 months to two years. You will
void your guarantee by doing so. Maturation of the Reproductive system  produces estrogen
and testosterone and other hormones, which are critical not only for the development of
muscles, bones, and mental acuity, but also the immune system! These hormones, starting at
the peak of puberty, can virtually supercharge the immune system, turning it on full blast and
decreasing suspectability to many infectious diseases among other things. Not only can
delayed Spaying and Neutering for 2-3 years be protective against all sorts of ailments, it can
also help to fully mature the immune system for a lifetime.
Speaking of the immune system brings me to the next big injustice the veterinary profession
is perpetuating on our pets. AAHA ,AVMA is the organization relied upon by vets for the most
current up to date research and guidelines considering vaccinations and how long they last,
when to repeat, which ones are neccessary and which ones are safe or un safe in certain
circumstances. The AAHA has done its job, the guidelines and research are there in black and
white, and have been since 1995 but the VETS are NOT listening or following the guidelines. It
states that our core vaccines such as Distemper, Parvo, Adendovirus and others provide
sufficient immunity for at least 5-11 years! That's right..5-11 years or possibly the dogs
lifetime. So yearly, annual vaccinations are NOT needed and are a major source of attack on
our pets immune systems causing a whole host of issues including every major auto-immune
issue known among a long list of other maladies including the big one...cancer! Specialty
vaccines, while beneficial in very specific high risk circumstances, are rarely effective and
highly dangerous in terms of reactivity and side effects, causing more issues than they
prevent. And others are just plain not needed or not reccommended at all by the AAHA. You
can read this report yourself at

 These statistics have been known to be true since 1995.Though they are frequently
reviewed, I found it ironic that just recently in 2015 they changed the reccommendation from
5 years to 3 years. But there is NO new studies to base that change on that I have found and
the most recent research studies done still adhere to the 5-7 year immunity statistic. AAHA
does not force Veterinarians to adhere to the guidelines because they are funded in part by 4
major vaccine companies. And here is where I believe the pressure to revise the document
came from. Vaccines make up 15% of a vets practice income but 65% is treating the vaccine
induced lifelong illnesses. Some are probably just un-informed or un-educated on the facts
and statistics, others follow the status quo of those who go before them and others, not
liking change, most likely are just protecting the bottom line.
When a puppy is born it receives maternal antibodies that circulate through the puppies
bloodstream. The amount of antibodies depends on the immunity level of the dam and is also
different for each puppy and changes as the puppy gets older. These maternal antibodies
actually negate the effects of the vaccines we give them when they are present. Hence the
reason they have to be repeated every 3-4 weeks. So this means that we never really know
when a puppy is really protected due to varying levels of either antibodies or vaccines.
Studies show that at the age of 16 weeks there are no longer any maternal antibodies
present to interfere with vaccine immunity. So the most important shot your puppy will ever
receive is the one given at or after 16 weeks of age. If you remember the cited study above
this vaccination could protect your puppy for 5-7 years or possibly even your dogs entire life.
But back to those first 16 weeks- this time frame is the most critical for your puppy's health.
During this time frame your puppy needs to be protected from exposure to contagions. This
means do NOT take your puppy to the dog park or any other outdoor area that other dogs
frequent. When traveling with your puppy look for places to potty your puppy that are not
obviously going to be attractive to everyone else looking to potty their dog. If you take your
puppy to the pet store, carry them and do not let anyone else pet your puppy or let it sniff
noses with any other pets. When you take your puppy to the Vet do NOT let them walk in,
carry them in. And take a towel from home to lay on the scale that they will invariably ask you
to place your puppy on. Anyone ever seen them clean the scale after each pet? Me neither. I
also use my home towel on the exam table. Though early socialization and training is
important it needs to be done with the puppies health in mind. Have trusted friends visit your
home in these early weeks for that purpose and leave the group training sessions for 2
weeks after that 16 week vaccination. Its not commonly followed but it could be a good idea,
and one we practice, to carry cleaning wipes with bleach in your vehicle to wipe the bottom
of your shoes with upon re entry to your vehicle or have a bleach bath, consisting of a catbox
sized tub with paper towels in the bottom soaked with a bleach solution near your entry door
to step in before entering your house. It is only for those 8 weeks after leaving our care that
they will need that extra protection and here are 2 scenarios that will make you think... First
one is a true story I read in a dog magazine once. A guy who lived in one state and his mother
in another state wrote about his experience with the devastating degree of contagious
abilities of parvo. He had a neighbor who had a new puppy. Un-benownst to him this puppy
had contracted parvo, It was fall and the leaves were blowing everywhere. The man left his
townhome to head to the airport to go visit his mother who had recently aquired a new puppy
as well, 7 days after his visit his mothers puppy came down with parvo. And these two pups
were separated by several states but brought together on the bottom of one mans shoe. The
second scenario, if someone has a puppy come down with bloody diarreah all over their
house where do you think the first place they will go other than the vet will be? Walmart, to
get supplies to clean up the mess, and you just happened to need a gallon of milk from that
very same Walmart. It is THAT easy to expose your puppy. And again, it is only for 8-10 weeks
that you need to be extra cautious. It will be worth the money you WONT spend in vet bills, I
assure you. So what comes after the first 16 weeks?  As mentioned above, the core
vaccinations do NOT need to be repeated annually. Our recommendation is to do a Titer test
at one year of age. A Titer test is a blood test that will tell you the immunity levels of your pet
to all of the core vaccines including Rabies. If there is any response at all it means your pet
has immunity and does NOT need to be vaccinated again. Titer tests can be run as often as
you want but every three years should be sufficient. Some state and city entities are now
allowing and accepting Titer test results instead of vaccinating.   I will end the vaccine rant
on Rabies in saying that it is one of the MOST dangerous of all and can cause lifelong
personality changes in your pet, especially if given too young to an immature immune system.
It can cause Rabies Miasm (do a google search or use the search option on
dogsnaturallymagazine .com) either early on or as an accumalative effect from each
subsequent Rabies shot. Our guarantee states that you will NOT vaccinate for Rabies before
6 months of age and preferably not before 12-14 months. Other vaccines not considered
CORE vaccines are considered specialty vaccines are usually not reccommended as their
benefits in most cases do not outweigh the risks. I strongly urge you to delve deeper and
use the search option on the below link for more detailed info on each vaccine, heartworm
prevention, and so much more.  Details in the link above and below on vaccines.

On to genetics. Studies show only 25% of the ailments affecting our pets is due to genetics.
The rest is environmental. The 75% that's environmental stems from the already mentioned
above diet, to the relentless application of preventive medications and vaccines  we subject
our pets to whether they need them or not, including flea meds, heartworm prev, monthly anti
parasitic, and more, to the chemicals in their environment we use to clean the carpets they
lay on, the lawns they play on and the beds they sleep on, as well as the bowls they eat from
and the chemicals we mop our floors with that they then lick off their feet. All of which their
natural immune system was not meant to have to deal with and causes a continuous forced
reaction from the immune system. While I am not saying some of these products don't have
their place in certain circumstances, I do NOT believe they are safe for monthly application
when not needed. Don't treat for fleas if you dont have them. There are safer ways to deal
with the occasional contact with fleas than monthly, just in case, scenarios. (Dawn dish soap
kills adult fleas, and CapStar is a safe medication that kills adult fleas for 24 hours and can be
given for several days in a row if needed without subjecting the animal to 30 days of
chemical) New research on Heartworm prevention shows monthly application unnecessary as
well and actually testing every 4 months is just as cost effective as and safer for your dog
than monthly administration. The newer combination products offered by Vets are far more
dangerous than single products and are usually "preventing" something that isnt likely to
happen anyway. Don't use a wormer on your pet if a fecal hasn't shown it to be neccessary.
We tend to use products that have been on the market for more than 5 years. I'd be happy to
discuss alternative options personally. A good source for info on all these things and more is This is a holistic canine website that is devoted to
uncovering the truth about canine health and wellness. Articles are backed up by credits and
links to studies used to garner the information. Its search function is an invaluable tool to
finding the truth about vaccines, heartworm prevention/treatment, specialty vaccines info,  
early spay/neuter and so much more.

For that 25% that can be genetic we do the following. We have added some Euro lines to our
program to improve the health, longevity and quality. There is a huge problem in the US as far
as the quality of the Boxer breed is concerned and we are essentially the laughing stock of
the European countries in that regard. Too many people are breeding any Boxer to any Boxer
without thought or regard to health and quality and the integrity of whether or not the lines
are even pure in some cases has been questioned. If you research the Boxer standard and
then look around on the internet you will find that American Boxers are no longer even
looking like Boxers in most cases. Long noses, fly away ears, broken down feet, light bones,
bad bites are just a few traits you will find in most advertised puppies not being bred by
reputable dedicated breeders. On the other hand I also feel that some of the show breeders
are just as guilty at ignoring or covering up issues in return for a chance at the win in the
ring for names sake. Therefore finding a delicate balance is hard, but is where we try to fit in.
The Europeans take great pride in their Boxers and most have to prove their worth in the
show ring or as a working dog before they are bred. Crossing the two often brings the best
of both worlds and types together into a nice well balanced Boxer.
Then there is the issue of inheritable genetic diseases that are plaguing most breeds of dogs
including the Boxer. Several years ago research led to testing methods for most  of the more
predominant ailments beseiging the Boxer. There are now tests for the Cardiac problems,
DM, ARVC, Thyroid, and of course Hip and Elbow Displasia. This allows breeders to make
better decisions when mating dogs who may carry genes for some of these maladies. There
are limits on some of the tests requiring the dogs to be of certain ages before testing. You
will find some who demand that all this needs to be done before breeding any dog and
though I agree that it can help ensure we are doing our best to breed puppies that have the
best chance of living a long healthy life, we also have to entertain the fact that if all dogs
tested to be carriers or affected were removed from the picture, the gene pool would be
drastically reduced resulting in a greater risk of low lying genes for a hundred other ailments
we dont have tests for or current problems with, to rear their ugly heads and plague the
breed, as well as essentially getting us no further to our unattainable goal of totally
erradicating any and all health issues. So I wholeheartedly believe that where possible these
tests can help us make better breeding decisions where certain ailments are involved but as
with everything, even with the testing there is still no 100% guarantee that there will not be
an issue. Chances are better but not guaranteed. I also believe that going overboard on
excluding some bloodlines can have the same disastrous effects we were trying to avoid.
This testing is expensive and in some cases must be performed on an ongoing basis. For the
breeders, including us,  who raise their own stock it means you will have 2 years invested in
the dog before it is old enough to test and breed. The hardest part of that is the emotional
investment for most of us, financial investment aside. This along with pedigree differences
and time and effort expended to produce an all around physically and mentally well balanced
puppy will help explain the reason for the price difference between a $200-400 puppy and the
$1,200-1500 puppy. Our goal is to continue testing our stock and add that to all the rest of the
efforts taken here at PR Boxers to produce an affordable, physically and mentally well
balanced, healthy, properly socialized puppy. Here at PR Boxers our puppies are whelped in
the house, underfoot where they are a part of and exposed to daily life. We are home based
in our business so we are most always home, resulting in the ability to spend plenty of time
with the pups. They are supplemented from birth, along with the dams, to prevent any chance
of malnourishment and to keep the dams in top condition. Their environment is kept clean
and climate controlled so our puppies are not expending extra calories trying to stay warm or
cool. They are started on Nu-Vet Immune supplements and dewormed and vaccinated in a
holistic manner. They are fed the best possible diet of high quality kibble. Special attention is
paid to introduce outside stimuli at the proper age and in the proper way to ensure a mentally
balanced and well socialized puppy. We have made the effort and taken the time to choose
our breeding stock carefully and include some of the best pedigrees and bloodlines possible
and/or chosen the best possible representative of the breed to include in our program. We
are constantly striving to better the breed with each litter. We also offer Lifetime Breeder
Support. If at anytime in each puppy's life they are in need of a home they are required, and
welcomed, to be returned to us for placement support. We are always, no matter how long it
has been, available to our buyers to answer any questions or lend any support needed. We
also are one of very few breeders who offer LIVE puppy Cameras for deposit holders, which
allows you to watch the puppies grow from birth to 8 weeks, 24/7 live on your smart phone. So
no worrying about whether your puppy is being raised in a clean healthy environment or not
as you get a ringside seat! Please visit the
Nu-Vet page here and the Nu-Vet website for
further information on those products. And if you don't buy a puppy from us, please be
careful in your search and ask the right questions to ensure you are supporting responsible
breeding. We will help you in any way we can whether or not you buy a puppy from us. Thanks
for visiting and considering a PR Boxer puppy!!
To be eliglible to be added to the waiting list for a PR Boxer puppy the reading below
and on the Purchase a Puppy page is required as is a telephone conversation. The
information below is likely to be very enlightening depending on your outlook and
contains all that I used to go over with everyone by phone. However, our clientel has
grown to the level that there is not enough time to verbally go over all this info with
each person and still have the time we need to spend with these amazing dogs. So to
simplify and free up time I have put it all on here. After which we will have a
conversation to answer any questions you may have or provide more details. It is a
long read but please endure to the end , it may even save you thousands in vet bills.
Links for Further Reading.