It might seem appealing to have adorable little puppies in your home and then make some extra cash by selling them. In reality, however, this is a difficult task — breeding any type of dog, including stud boxer dogs, requires a large amount of time, money, and emotional energy. It's important to make sure you understand all the phases of dog breeding, raising puppies, and selling them before you commit to breeding your boxer.
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Prepare ahead of time
The first thing you'll need to do before breeding your boxer is to get its American Kennel Club (AKC) paperwork in order. The AKC is the entity that registers purebred dogs and keeps track of pedigrees.
You'll also want to make sure your boxer is healthy, especially if you have a female. Get your dog dewormed and have her heart tested. Then get all of your dog's vaccinations up to date.
Find a breeding partner
The AKC sets standards for the boxer breed. Make sure you're comparing these standards to any potential mates. A boxer's head and muzzle should be the correct proportions. Its eyes must be dark brown, looking forward and not too small or deeply set. Ears must be medium-sized and set wide and high on the skull. The boxer coat is short, smooth, and glossy, with a brindle or fawn coloring.
To find a stud (male) or bitch (female), take out an ad in a newspaper, research local dog breeders, or ask your veterinarian or pet store to give you recommendations.
Sign a contract
When you've found a breeding partner for your dog, agree to the terms of breeding and sign a contract that outlines the services, breeding arrangements, and fees. For example, the breeding contract might include how many attempts at breeding will be allowed and where these attempts will take place. The breeding fee to stud boxer dogs is usually the first pick of the litter or the money that puppy is sold for.
Get to know your dog’s breeding partner
Get your boxers together once or twice before you actually breed them so they can get to know each other. This is also a good time to see the temperament of each dog and plan where the breeding will take place.
Boxers are generally loyal, lively, friendly, and playful dogs. They are typically very obedient dogs as well. Boxers trust their family, but might be wary of strangers. You can probably expect to see these common personality traits in any boxer you find.
Breed your stud boxer dogs
Look for signs that your dog is coming into heat. For boxers, this usually happens once every six months. Watch for the first day that you see a red bloody discharge. The bitch will stop bleeding around day seven, but is usually most ready to mate on the 12th or 13th day of the cycle.
Look for signs of swelling in the dog's genital area. She will often move her tail to one side. This is called flagging, and it's a good sign that she's ovulating and ready to mate. Keep the female away from all other male dogs except the boxer stud you have chosen.
Bring the two dogs together for mating. Let the dogs play and interact. Watch from a distance to see that mating has occurred. If the stud mounts and the two dogs mate, they will be stuck or tied together afterward.
Get the male and female together again in 24 hours. Mating them two or three times gives the female a better chance of having a large litter. If the dogs are not holding still, put leashes on them and hold them in place.
At what age should a boxer be spayed?
You won't be able to breed your boxer forever. This could have a negative effect on her health. The AKC says that a female dog should not have a registered litter if she is over 12 years of age, but in most cases, it's best to retire your female boxer much sooner.