I'm so sorry!! I'm curious to know if this breeder had you sign a contract that you needed to get their OK if you were going to breed Merckx. Did they say they'd replace one of their dogs if it became ill before it was 12 months old?
I think you'll find that many Neurologists treat large numbers of Boxers, and other breeds, for SRMA. No research really, but they suspect a genetic component. It's very prevalent in Bernese Mountain Dogs, and I admire the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America who have started the Berner-Garde Foundation which collects DNA, and tumor tissue through Michigan State University to help study these disease, and eradicate them, if possible, through research. Sadly, I don't see anything like this going on within the Boxer dog community. Maybe somebody will start this initiative.
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