Hello: I'm trying to research the Boxer breed as a possible candidate for an additition to our household. Presently, I have a Labrador retriever of excellent breeding from a hunting line. So far no major health issues have come up. I'm glad to report that my 9yr old hunting partner is acting like a pup. Through researching the Lab...Breed I've discovered that there are 2 strains of the breed ( Show and Field) where many show pedigrees not even having retrieving instincts and many field pedigrees not even looking like Labs at all. The field pedigrees however, do seem to have less occurance of health issues such as Hip Dysplasia, Type 2 Muscle Fiber defincincy than the show lines. Know this, I'd like to know if the Boxer as a breed faces serius health concerns and how do I go about finding a reputable breeder in my area for a working animal that still looks as a boxer should. I thought about contacting some Shutzthund or FrenchRingsport Associations, not to get an aggressive dog but to see if I could find a local pedigree with good physical and mental traits. Also, as I've mentioned we are looking for an addition to our family...not a gaurd dog as such. That, I'm sure, will occur naturally and be under control by virtue of proper obedience. I look forward to any usefull information and input. Thank you.