DanDee Lyon Boxers is a home based kennel.
We are working to bring the working ability of the Boxer back into the
forefront. We don't bred often. We breed for a purpose. While we are always looking to improve we are also breeding for Temperament
and longevity. One of the reasons for not breeding often is it takes us some time to get a bitch to the age we will breed
her. Here is why:
My father was raised on a farm and had a farmer's way of looking at breeding.
Farmers tend to be very practical. With that in mind, my father felt that if the life expectancy in Boxers was eight to ten
years, then you want to breed when your oldest stock is getting ready to die. This means you breed your bitch for the first
time when she is 5 years young! At the age of five her mother is ten and should be getting ready to die. This replaces your
stock without over-burdening your resources. But since we have always bred for temperament and longevity, my father had another
reason – also deeply rooted in farming – for waiting to breed. With all the adult onset diseases Boxers have,
by the age of five you generally have a very good idea if your bitch is healthy. And if she is healthy she should be a good
candidate for breeding. Now remember this was long before we had all the tests available to us today! My father’s ‘idea’
was to let nature weed out the weaker members of the breed. He also believed that even if you didn’t show, you bred
to the standard. I showed horses for many years so I did not show dogs, but we still bred to the Boxer standard.