Welcome to Minstrel Boxers

 
 

My partner, Bob Blumberg, and I had a vision of what might be done to improve the lot of the Boxer in this country.  Often dying far too young of various cancers (such as lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma and osteosarcoma) and ARVC (boxer cardiomyopathy), the state of the breed inspired us to look to the concept of general longevity in the pedigree when making breeding decisions.  As Dr. Robert Bezel said once in a television interview:


                “The best way to have a long life

                        is to have old parents.”


Bob, himself, died relatively young, in August, 2007.  He left behind him a commitment to trying to ensure long life in the Boxer through health testing coupled with longevity pedigree research ~ and a belief that AKC champions can be made without the benefit of cosmetic surgery on their ears.  Unfortunately, in this country both my co-breeders and potential show homes continue to exhibit a marked preference for the cropped look.  We made three natural-eared AKC champions ourselves in a short time since we started trying to, proving that it’s certainly a viable option ~ one that we hoped others would attempt. But leading by example seems to have fallen on deaf ears (pardon the pun).  As of 2015, the status quo unfortunately remains in effect in the North American show ring.


Bob was proud of Ch. Minstrel’s Dust Up ~ the first champion from the only litter he ever bred.  He was also a huge fan of future Ch. Faerdorn Alchemy At Global (whom I co-own with Kti Jensen of Global Boxers), the first natural-eared UK Boxer bitch to attain the title in this country. All of this has been made possible by the willingness of Sue Harvey, Faerdorn Boxers in the UK, to share with us her exceptionally beautiful animals, allowing us to start afresh and do it right.


Much is happening at Minstrel.  Now in its 5th generation, we hope that our UK-based line will continue to provide superlative test results coupled with happy, outgoing temperaments and, if we’re lucky, generations of Boxers who live well into their second decades.

  

                                              

 

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”


--Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.




Other than the picture of me with the puppy boy --

all the dogs you see here are either bred, owned or co-

owned by Minstrel. They are, from top to bottom:


Faerdorn Dust Devil, Global Mayhem at Minstrel,

Faerdorn Dust Devil (silhouette), Global Mayhem

At Minstrel as a pup, Faerdorn Epicenter At Minstrel

at ten weeks old; Ch. Minstrel’s The Natural on the

couch with Faerdorn Dust Devil; Ch. Faerdorn Alchemy At Global and

Ch. Minstrels Dust Up reclining in the motor home; Minstrel’s Coal Dust snoozing; Ch. Minstrel’s Dust Up as an infant and, finally, Ch. Faerdorn Alchemy At Global -- “Alley” -- winning the first of two back-to-back 4-point majors in July, 2008; and Ch. Brandiwine If By Chance At Minstrel -- “Braden” -- our 3rd natural-eared champion, who finished with three big majors in December, 2011.


The humans in the pictures are Bob Blumberg, and Kti Jensen and me, at the UK Boxer Event in 2007.  And in the last picture, judge David Bolus, with Cheryl Cates handling Alley.


This site is designed to keep interested folks abreast of current events at Minstrel. You may see some of these Boxers and their recent news on their own pages, accessible by clicking on their names at the top of this page.  Or by visiting our permanent web site, which contains a great deal more information on our past, as well as our present:    http://www.boxerkate.com


Welcome to Minstrel!


Katherine Nevius

                                                                                                                                     

                                         Minstrel Boxers

                                                 Easton, Maryland

                                           boxerkate@atlanticbb.net


                  We register our puppies with the American Kennel Club