Boxer Health Problems

Like most breeds BOXERS have Health Problems, they are prone to heart problems, various types of cancer, and tumour's to name but a few,

That is why we beleive that the health of all of our dogs and
the puppies that we breed are most important.
and that is why we follow the Boxer Breed Council Guidelines

That is also why All of our boxers that we breed from are
Heart tested Clear of Aortic stenosis and on the
UK Boxer Breed Council Heart Testing list.

WHAT IS AORTIC STENOSIS

Aortic stenosis is the heart condition most commonly associated with these heart murmurs, but cases of pulmonic stenosis and cardiomyopathy, as found in other breeds, have also been detected.
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Aortic stenosis/sub-aortic stenosis (AS/SAS) is one of the most common heart defects occurring in boxers. Stenosis is narrowing of the aorta, right below the aortic valve, which forces the heart to work harder to supply blood. Reduced blood flow can result in fainting and even sudden death. The disease is inherited but its mode of transmission is not known at this time.

Diagnosis must be made by a Qualified Veterinary Cardiologist,

   After detection of a heart murmur.

Breeding dogs must be properly screened for this disease and affected
dogs must not be bred from.

Typically, clinical signs of aortic stenosis first appear in the young adult although, rarely, puppies can be affected

It should be emphasised that these do not affect health in the great majority (95%) of dogs

It should also be stressed that minor "flow" murmurs are commonly found
in young Boxer puppies, as in other breeds, but most disappear by
about 16 weeks of age. Even if they persist there may be no cause for alarm if they are quiet. Such genuine "flow" murmurs" are not associated with heart disease in the adult.
 
A murmur grade is highly sensitive to external effects like excitement,
activity or anything that makes the heart beat faster.

Test conditions have to be standar

Boxer Breed Council Recommendations For Breeders

In the case of adults i.e. over 12 months of age:

All stock should be screened by designated cardiologists.

Those which are free of heart murmurs (Grade 0) may be considered free of aortic stenosis, and suitable for breeding purposes.

Those which have only minor (Grade 1) murmurs may, for the moment be accepted as normal and therefore suitable for breeding purposes.

Stock with Grade 2 murmurs may be re-screened (up to three times)

Those which on any re-screening obtain a Grade 1 score, or even
found to be murmur free, may be considered suitable for breeding.

Those which are consistently found to have Grade 2 or louder murmurs should normally be discarded for breeding purposes, unless in the case
of bitches there is no alternative other than to disband the whole of
a kennels breeding stock.
When Selected bitches should be mated only to stud dogs that are considered to be normal (as described above), preferably murmur free.
At most only one or two litters should be taken with the objective
of breeding a murmur free replacement.
In the case of dogs with murmurs consistently no louder than Grade 2, Doppler echocardiography may be a further option.
Those with blood velocities below 2.0 m/s may for the present be
considered suitable for breeding.
Other useful Grade 2 dogs might, for the present be available for stud to a strictly limited number of bitches.These bitches should be murmur free or have at the most only Grade 1 murmurs.
Dogs with Grade 3 or louder should never be considered for breeding purposes, even if they have a blood velocities below 2.0 m/s.

Bitch owners are strongly advised to use only tested and proven
normal dogs at stud.

Dog owners are advised to offer only tested and proven normal dogs for stud purposes and ensure, before accepting bitches for service, that their owners are complying with recommended control procedure. At owners risk, stud services could be provided for untested, non-show bitches both of whose parents are murmur free or having Grade 1 murmurs.

Stock incidentally identified as having heart abnormalities other than aortic stenosis, e.g. cardiomyopathy or pulmonic stenosis, should not be considered for breeding purposes.

Most breed clubs hold heart-testing clinics with designated cardiologists in attendance at one of their shows each year.
A list of designated cardiologists may be obtained from the Breed Council secretary or breed club secretaries or heart or heart delegates.

for more information visit www.boxerbreedcouncil.co.uk
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