Connecticut Boxer Club

The following links will take you to websites that have information pertinent to Boxer health issues:

American Boxer Charitable Foundation
American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation
Canine Health Foundation Research Projects
Canine Health Information Center "CHIC"
Searching for Boxer Health Information on the Internet

Boxer Health Related Articles

American Boxer Charitable Foundation
Boxer Cardiomyopathy
     Boxer Cardiomyopathy
     Comments On Heart Research - 1999
     Diseased Hearts Needed
     Dr. Kathryn Meurs Bibliography / Recent Publications
     Dr. Meurs Report - 2000
     Glossary of Heart Terms
     Take The Boxer Heart Problems Quiz
     Understanding Boxer Cardiomyopathy
Boxer Incontinence
Brain Tumors
Breed Longevity
Completed, Active and Pending Health Research Grants
     2007 Canine Health Foundation Receives Grant for Canine Cancer Initiative
Degenerative Myelopathy
     AKCCHF-ABC Protocol Spinal Cord Submission Form
     CHF Degenerative Myelopathy DVD Available
     Dealing with Degenerative Myelopathy in Boxers
     Degenerative Myelopathy in Boxers
     Degenerative Myelopathy in Dogs
     Genetic Test for Canine Degenerative Myelopathy
     How to Teach Your Boxer to Swim
     Scientists Seek Better Understanding of Degenerative Myelopathy
DNA Collection Form for the Broad Institute
     Can A Single Gene Influence Behavior
     Canine Genome Project
     Dog Disease Research - Suki's Study
     Genes, Dogs & Cancer: Canine Cancer Conference 2006
     Genetic Diseases
     Lymphoma Research May Lead to New Therapies
     Simply Genetics
     Story of Bobtail Boxers
Health Screening of Boxers in Breeding Program
Holter Information
     Board Certified Veterinary Cardiologists
     Holter Monitor Instructions - 5 Lead
     Canine Hypothyroidism
     Hypothyroidism in Boxers
Ovarian Cysts
Research Advances in Managing Hemangiosarcoma in Boxers

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Boxers are prone to develop cancers, heart conditions such as Aortic Stenosis and Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (the so-called "Boxer Cardiomyopathy"), hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, and degenerative myelopathy; other conditions that may be seen are gastric dilatation and torsion (bloat), intestinal problems, and allergies (although these may be more related to diet than breed).
Entropion is occasionally seen, a malformation of the eyelid requiring surgical correction, and some lines have a tendency to develop spondylosis deformans, a fusing of the spine.

Responsible breeders use available tests to screen their breeding stock before breeding, and in some cases throughout the life of the dog, in an attempt to minimize the occurrence of these diseases in future generations.

One of the biggest health concerns for all Boxer owners is Hip Dysplasia.
This is the number one cause of lameness is the hindquarters in Boxers and should be something all Boxer owners should be aware of. Hip Dysplasia is an arthritic condition originating from looseness in the hip itself.

Hip Dysplasia occurs in the ball and socket joint where the thighbone (femur) joins the pelvis. In dogs looseness in the joint can be caused by the tissue, which hold the joint in place. Over time the looseness in the joint will lead to abnormalities of the bone in the ball and socket.
Hip Dysplasia is typically seen in elder dogs as opposed to young pups. Research has not shown that the looseness of the tissues does not change over time from when the dog is young.
The problems in the elder years are caused by the looseness in the joint over a prolonged period of time causing arthritic problems with the dog.

The main resource for information and research on Hip Dysplasia is conducted by the
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
The OFA believes little change occurs in testing for Hip Dysplasia after a dog reaches 4 months of age. As a precaution, they do require testing of dogs up to 2 years and older for certification purposes. It is better to err on the side of caution when dealing with a dogs health and this is the reasoning behind the adulthood testing.

The best prevention for a potential owner is to choose a breeder who have their Boxers tested for Hip Dysplasia and other common health concerns for the Boxer breed.
When the parents of the pup have been certified to be free of any genetic hip issues it increases the chance of a health Boxer baby. Often buying from a breeder with certified Boxers the cost for a pet is much higher. In the long run it is well worth it, as you will have a healthier, happier new addition to the family.

Boxers are an athletic breed, and proper exercise and conditioning is important
for their continued health and longevity.
Care must be taken not to over-exercise young dogs, as this may damage growing bones; however once mature Boxers can be excellent jogging or running companions.
Because of their brachycephalic head, they do not do well with high heat or humidity, and common sense should prevail when exercising a Boxer in these conditions.