Watch Us Grow: Two Week Old Boxer Puppies

Time for a puppy update! Boxer puppies are born with long tails and dewclaws on each of the front paws that are removed between 3-5 days of age. Last week was when I did my puppies “Tails and Toes” as we call it, and today we removed the stitches. Through the years my children have each taken turns as my nurse as I perform the procedure. They have learned the responsibility that comes with raising animals as they have helped with everything from the breeding to the birthing, and even the sad times when we must bury one that didn’t make it. This litter started out with 11 puppies – a huge litter by just about anyone’s standard. Miya is a first time mom and I freely admit that she is more than a little spoiled, so as a consequence she was quite nervous about suddenly being faced with the task of caring for all these little squeaky bodies! I think I would have been nervous too! As is sometimes the case, nature takes care of things, and one by one we lost puppies until we were down to our current number of 6 – a number that Miya seems comfortable managing. Right from the start, two were not expected to live due to immaturity in one, and the other suffered injury during his birth when he got stuck in the birth canal and had to be forcefully pulled out. The other three appeared perfectly healthy except for the fact that they just didn’t gain any weight. Despite my best efforts, puppies just failed to thrive and within 5...

Watch Boxer Puppies Grow

If there is one thing I love to do, it is to watch Boxer puppies grow! I can, and often do, spend hours and hours just watching them as they learn how to find thier first meal all the way to playing tug of war with a littermate.  It is during these times of quiet observation, that I get to see how they interact with each other, when I learn about the personality traits of each pup.  This is when I gain the insight that is invaluable when it comes time to place these pups in new homes.  There aren’t many breeders out there that spend the time to get to know their pups as individuals.  It makes it harder to let them go because in getting to know them, I fall in love with them.  That too is to the advantage of the puppy buyer because my puppies know the joy of being loved by a human from a very young age, and it shows.  One of the most common comments I hear from new owners is “I swear this puppy can read my mind!”  Maybe they do.   I invite you now to take advantage of this opportunity to watch as our new litter of puppies grow. Most people do not get the opportunity to get to know a litter of puppies until they are 6-8 weeks of age, usually when they arrive to pick one to buy.  This is your chance to see what breeders see, the evolution of individuality that comes as a puppy matures from a tiny little newborn into a bouncy, wiggly and totally lovable bundle of energy that is ready to go to his or her...