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.
Our boxers also have their hearts auscultated and or echoed by a board certified cardiologist to check for heart murmurs and any abnormalities of the heart.
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.
Another imortant question to ask a breeder is "what health issues have you had in your lines?" If the answer is none then either they are not being honest or they havent been breeding long enough.
When you get a puppy from a breeder whose dogs have been tested and are certified free from heart disease that doesnt mean that there is still not a chance that they can produce a puppy with a defect. The odds of getting a puppy without one are greatly increased but unfortunately heart issues are in the breed and can rear its ugly head at any time.
Thats why it is so important to choose a breeder that stands behind their pups 100%. Through the good and the bad.
Word of mouth is everything and we strive to do everything we possibly can to ensure our puppies are not the cause of heartache to our families. We are also happy to provide you with refrerences if you so desire.
There is a huge difference in a breeder thats in it to make money and one that has genuine love for the breed. i will never have enough pups to give everyone who comes across my website so i just want to pass on the importance of doing your research when picking a breeder.