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My boxers recently had a litter and two of the pups are small and healthy.  They are six and one half weeks old and weigh about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds.  Both parents are registered boxers.  Has anyone heard of pigmy, dwarf or midget purebreds?
 

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there is no such thing as a miniature or dwarf boxer. it could just be that those two babies are more of the runts of the littler. as long as they are happy and healthy then i wouldnt worry about size
 

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Hi and welcome to the Forum.  I am afraid I cannot answer your question, but I know there are people that have had a lot more experience with the breed here that probably can.  I would ask you a couple of questions.  Is that picture of one of the 6 1/2 week old puppies and have you asked your vet about them?  I do remember seeing a picture of two puppies from the same litter where one was very tiny, but I'm afraid it had some health issues.  I believe it was hydrocephalus which causes an excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain that affected the small puppy.  Let us know what you find out.
 

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The mom culled both these pups and we had to bottle feed them.  They had a staph infection and the vet wouldn't do their tails and dews.  But  now they are healthy as can be but are still very small.
 

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My boxers recently had a litter and two of the pups are small and healthy.  They are six and one half weeks old and weigh about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds.  Both parents are registered boxers.  Has anyone heard of pigmy, dwarf or midget purebreds?
No such thing as a dwarf boxer.   Some of the other ones may have had more feeding time then the smaller ones causing them to be small, however given you stated an infection that could be a good cause.

Also want to say that just because your boxers as "registered" does not mean that you should be breeding them.  Also the fact that you are asking about dwarf boxers has me under the impression that not much research was done about he breed prior to breeding.

Whats done is done and you are here and feel free to ask for help.  However Boxers are prone to many genetic illnesses and breeding irresponsibly is not helping the breed.    So as my suggestion, please research the breed and the code of ethics with regards to breeding.  All I am going to say:)
 

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Well first of all if there are no dwarf boxers, how could someone research them?  Our boxers are wonderful, all the pups have been vet checked and meet all breed standards.  We have been breeding for years and have researched the breed more than most.  The two small pups have been to the vet 4 times in their 7 weeks of life and I am in phone contact with them often.  We dont have a puppy mill! Our dogs live with us, and if there where any genetic problems we would not have bred them.  We rarely have to try to sell our pups, people call us wanting to know if we have a litter.
      So maybe you think we should have let them die,  but as I said the parents are part of our family.  I bottle fed them every two hours.  That is true love for these puppies.  
      These two pups have developed normaly except for size.  They are beautiful, and will make someone a wonderful pet. Here is a picture of Prince Albert, the proud papa!
 

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Glad that your tiny pups seem to be doing well. I can't offer much advice but I wanted to say that Prince Albert is a beauty. Keep us posted on how the little ones are doing.
 

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Thanks for the kind words.  Here is a photo of Shelby.  We rescued her a little while back.  She is not deaf as is feared about white boxers although she is lacking in, well lets just say shes not going to win a smart dog contest!
 

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Glad to hear the little ones are still doing well and hope the continue to thrive.  Your Shelby is a pretty girl and good for you for coming to her rescue.  I'd love to see more pictures of your doggie family.
 

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i have a question-and please dont take offense i am truly just inquiring. Who is supposedly researching dwarf boxers??

BTW i am so very happy to hear that your babies seem to be doing a little better. Please keep us posted :)
 

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Diesel was a bit over 2 lbs at 6 weeks when he came home. He's 7 months now and nearing 50lbs.


I guess I should add to this. He was the runt of the litter, (the whole litter seemed small though) although he was the smallest he was a spunky little guy. After his first vet visit, they discovered he had coccodia, which the vet said stunted his growth a bit. I was very worried about his weight and size, but now I see how big he's gotten, and I had nothing to worry about. He's bigger than some other boxers his same age. So I'm sure you have nothing to worry about. Just make sure they're cleared by the vet.
He also wasn't too fond of hard kibble when he came home, so he would only eat the wet food. So I gave him as much as he wanted every half hour when we went through the kitchen to take him out. He would only eat a tablespoon at a time of food. But by his 8 week vet visit, he had gained 2 lbs. and it went steadily up after his coccodia cleared up.

So all I'm trying to say, is get them checked out by the vet, then just enjoy the puppy stage. I'm sure there's no reason to worry. :)




 

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Ok I try to stay out of these conversations because they tend to get heated which this one seems to be on its way!!

Hannabanana is right about doing research research research about breeding! And yes your dogs may look healthy but you have to actually go to specialists to check for genetic defects! Just an A-OK from the vet isnt efficient enough! People that dont health test and prove their dogs are whats ruining the breed today! Its aweful how many boxers are being euthanized everyday and having to live a shelter life because of BYBs! Born with heart defects ect ect.

Also Im assuming the white girl is the mother?!?!? It is AGAINST the AKC and ABC rules to breed white boxers. Doesnt matter if shes deaf or not! She can still pass on the gene to the pups yes even the colored ones. Also you said you rescued her?!?! I wouldnt breed her again no matter how many people want puppies from you its very irresponsible!

Ok Im done theres my 2 cents!  :roll:  

Im hoping you will not be mad at what I said. Im just here too educate.
 

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PS the health tests that NEED to be run to do it the right way are:
SAS/ARVC heart test
Echo/Holter
Thyroid
OFA or PennHip tests (check for HD~Hip Displasia)

Im sorry guys Im having a brain fart lmao if I missed one please add it :roll:
 
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