All of our Boxers are genetically tested for the mutated genes that cause DM and ARVC before they are bred.
ARVC is very complex so on top of genetic testing we also have our Boxers wear a 24 hour holter monitor (electrocardiogram) to check for irregular heart arrhythmias. The irregular VPC's are early indicators of ARVC.
Each of our Boxers has this test done yearly.
We also do complete blood counts to check for abnormalities as well as thyroid issues.
Breeders that choose to not screen for these diseases do not truly care about bettering the breed nor will they care when the pups they've produced become ill.
Many justify it by saying "We've never had any health issues with the parents."
Well, that's great but that doesn't mean that the combination of the two dogs you just bred wont turn out disastrous. Many Boxers are "silent carriers" of hereditary mutations that when bred with another carrier will result in a litter of affected puppies.
Sadly the price these breeders save by not health testing will end up being paid by the innocent families whose pet became ill and are now responsible for outrageous vet bills.
Please do your research.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE INFORMATION ON USING/RENTING OUR 24 HOUR HOLTER MONITOR FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH TESTING AT AN UNBEATABLE PRICE PLEASE CONTACT US BY TELEPHONE.