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Old 01-29-2009, 01:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello Everyone. I was wondering if anyone could tell me when a female usually comes in heat? My Trixy is a 1 year and 1 month but has yet to come in heat. I was kinda concerned since this never has happend with my past female boxers. Has anyone else ever had this happen ? Should I be concerned ? Thanks.
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Age at first heat can vary considerably, but I believe the average age for boxers is around 9-11 months, but can take anywhere up to 2 years. So, no need for concern yet.
Are you a breeder or are you intending on breeding Trixy?
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Hi there. Thanks for the info. I will just not worry about it for now. I am not a breeder but I do intend on breeding again. I also have a male boxer named Benny and they are both wonderful dogs that check out perfectly except for her heat issue. If breeding them doesnt work out thats fine too they will still be mine for life
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Hmmm...I'm kind of confused when you say you are not a breeder but you do intend on breeding again. So you've whelped puppies already, but you are not a breeder?
I really hope you take the time and read through these links in the breeding forum.

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Do more research. Educate yourself. Really ask yourself 'why you want to breed.' If the answer to that question is not 'for the betterment of the breed', then you really have no business breeding. Our rescues and shelters are full of unwanted boxers as it is. Please do you research. Hang around the forum. Ask questions. We have reputable breeders on the forum that would be happy to answer questions and help you along the way.
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Hi ! No, I do not consider myself a breeder I have not had puppies in seven years or so. I am not one to breed all the time with more than one female and sell the puppies and gets rid of the bitch when she is too old. To me that is just BS. First and formost my dogs are a part of my family. I have bred before my male named Earnie and my female named Sadie. Sadie ended up having an emergency C-section so i had her fixed. I also had Earnie fixed too since I knew I wouldnt breed him with the puppy I kept from their litter named Sassy. I ended up breeding Sassy twice to a friends boxer. After that I kept everyone of them to the end of their lives. Now I have started over with Trixy and Benny.
And of course I know why I would be breeding. Its for the love of the breed and the betterment of the breed. I never bred for puppies that are out of standard and dont intend too. But If it doesnt work out for me thats fine they are my pets first. And I have done reasearch and will continue to you can never learn enough. I also do know there are Boxers in shelters and with rescue groups. Before attacking someone as if they dont know what they are doing you should ask questions.
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ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo here we go again

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Hi ! No, I do not consider myself a breeder I have not had puppies in seven years or so. I am not one to breed all the time with more than one female and sell the puppies and gets rid of the bitch when she is too old. To me that is just BS. First and formost my dogs are a part of my family. I have bred before my male named Earnie and my female named Sadie. Sadie ended up having an emergency C-section so i had her fixed. I also had Earnie fixed too since I knew I wouldnt breed him with the puppy I kept from their litter named Sassy. I ended up breeding Sassy twice to a friends boxer. After that I kept everyone of them to the end of their lives. Now I have started over with Trixy and Benny.
And of course I know why I would be breeding. Its for the love of the breed and the betterment of the breed. I never bred for puppies that are out of standard and dont intend too. But If it doesnt work out for me thats fine they are my pets first. And I have done reasearch and will continue to you can never learn enough. I also do know there are Boxers in shelters and with rescue groups. Before attacking someone as if they dont know what they are doing you should ask questions.
Wonderful! So then you HAVE had all the proper testing and scans ran that one should before breeding? Because that is what a person who breed to better the breed does, but of course you have done your research so you know that. I think that is the only question you have failed to reply to in this post
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There is ALOT I could say, but it would be like beating a dead horse.

You say you are "not" a breeder but you just mentioned numerous litters above with numerous dogs. Then you mention about wanting to better the breeding and breed according to standard -----UM HELLO, YOU DONT EVEN KNOW WHEN A PUPPY HEAT CYCLE IS OR WHENTO EXPECT IT?

Learn everything about the boxer, learn what they should look like as well as the issues that go along with them. Health test them. Many breeders dont have the perfect match to breed in their own back yard. Hence why they go else were. If you say you really really want to better the breed, then fix your pet. What you are doing is doing nothing but increasing an overly populated breed. "If" you do care, and want to breed then go to some shows, study the standard, work/volunteer at a boxer rescue, see what the results of bad breeding can do. Hold the paw of a 2.5 year old puppy who is being put to sleep because of a heart condition that *may* have been prevented if his breeder health tested. Find a mentor, get a good breeding prospect, show it, have it evaluated.
....then maybe you could qualify to be a breeder who is breeding for the love and the betterment of the breed!!!

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Before attacking someone as if they dont know what they are doing you should ask questions.
I guess this statement was directed at me because I was the only one that responded prior to this. First, in no way have I attacked you. Second, I was asking questions trying to figure out what you are doing with these dogs. You don't consider yourself a breeder, but you've bred several times before? Sounds like some sort of breeder to me!
Third, just by your original question of when a female comes into heat tells me just how much you know and how much you've researched.
Check out the above link I posted to our breeding forum, and you will hopefully understand why we are so passionate about the breeding practices of our beloved boxers.
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While Boxer Forums does not encourage the unethical or irresponsible breeding of boxers, Boxer Forums will support ethical responsible breeders and provide a forum in which questions and concerns can be discussed. Discussion of breeding practices that would be determined by most to be unethical or irresponsible include: breeding white boxers, breeding young untested dogs under the age of 2, and breeding for any purpose other than to improve the breed and/or your line.

Back yard breeders and commercial breeders are not welcome.

The proper tests that SHOULD be done before breeding are these:
Hip/elbow dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Aortic Valve Disease
AS / SAS
Boxer Cardiomyopathy1

A simple vet checkup is NOT considered health tested
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