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I can *accurately* answer questions on breeding and genetics, including coat colors and white markings; breed-specific issues; general health and genetic disease; nutrition and raw diet; behavior and training; conformation showing; and basic obedience and agility competition.

Experience in the area

I have owned Boxers for 14 years; I bred my first litter (which produced my first AKC Champion) in 1999; I am an Officer of my local Boxer Club and a Committee Member and Committee Chair of the American Boxer Club; I answer all e-mail inquiries from the American Boxer Club website; I moderate several Boxer-related message forums and mailing lists, administrate one of each, and actively participate on many others.


Michigan Boxer Club
American Boxer Club
American Boxer Charitable Foundation
Midwest Boxer Health Alliance (Founder)
Boxer Crazy Forum (Administrator)


My articles have appeared in:
Boxers 101 Blog
The Boxer Ring magazine
Boxer Champions - 1988-2004 (Camino Books)


I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University; since graduation I have taken online seminars on canine nutrition, breeding, and health.

What do you like about this subject?

I am captivated by the joie de vivre of this breed, and the 'Peter Pan' factor, in that they act like puppies even well into old age. My dogs make me laugh daily, and I wouldn't trade that for the world!

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I don't think I'll ever stop learning (in fact, I hope I don't!), especially as we move further along the exciting area of genetic mapping - this will be an invaluable tool for breeders to enable us to someday eliminate the devastating genetic heart conditions in Boxers.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

While Boxers are acknowledged as a German breed, their primary immediate ancestors were Belgian and French.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

The Boxer does not carry the gene for a black coat color. Any adult Boxer with a solid black coat must have another breed in the background.

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Recent Answers from Jennifer Walker

2016-01-24 Breeding my male:

Hi Nikki,    You're right, that is a lot. A responsible stud owner will charge either a stud fee or a puppy back, not both, and not pick of the litter. (The breeder puts all of their time, effort, and

2015-09-20 fainting or seizure or heart:

Hi Kathleen,    I'm sorry to hear about your boy's troubles. With Boxers, the first thought with fainting and pale gums is the heart. Seizures are certainly a possibility, although often the gums get bright

2015-07-30 Best boxer breeders:

Hi Ashley,    Breeder ranking is very subjective, and there is no list of the "top" Boxer breeders. What's important is to find a knowledgeable, honest breeder that health tests their dogs before breeding

2014-12-12 separation anxiety:

Separation anxiety can be frustrating. There is an excellent article here about dealing with SA, which starts by teaching the dog that sometimes you are not available to him, even if you're in the house

2012-05-17 bringing another dog into the household:

Hi Collette,    It can be tough bringing an adult dog into the household of another adult dog, but not always impossible! Same-sex pairings are generally more prone to problems than opposite-sex pairings


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