Belire Boxers was established in the UK in 1980 when Clifford and Peter Squires purchased their first Boxer bitch, purely as a pet. Clifford was persuaded to show her when Sheila Crompton a Championship Show judge, stopped them both in the street exclaiming what a wonderful example of a Boxer she was. Toyah, became our first Crufts qualifier (not bad for a so called pet) and we never looked back.
In 1982, we visited Holland and were taken on a visit to many kennels over there. The Dutch people opened their houses to us and we began the start of many new friendships. We were astounded by the beauty of the bloodlines, especially from the Dommeldal stock where we found our first import.
He was Dutch Import (Urco v Dommeldal at Belire) pictured below on the right at ten weeks old.
Urco mated to Toyha, resulted in our first home bred favourite; Belire Starstrider (Rudi below)
Our second import was Dutch Import Mike vt Klostereind at Belire pictured below
On subsequent visits to Holland, we fell in love with a new Champion, at that time called simply "Bandelero".
The owners of Bandelero were keeping two superb Boxers, but allowed us to purchase them in 1987. Dutch Import Scaramouche At Belire (pictured at 6 months old), and Belgian Import Kate At Belire (pictured at 18 months old), were both sired by International, Dutch, Belgian Champion, Atibox Sieger 88, BANDELERO ZVP IPO-1
In 1989 we visited America and every dog we admired turned out to be the progeny of a certain Champion Turos Dakota of Shar-Rea. Unfortunately, he had already been exported to Japan, but a litter was due by one of his sons, Champion KJ's Box-Sin Rebel of Ruffian. He too was a handsome dog who we had the pleasure to meet. Belire Chairman of the Board, was the first of our line to be sired by Rebels son, American Import Ruffians Jazz Singer at Belire. Chairman is pictured below at five weeks old, in later life he went to Holland and almost became a Champion there before tragically dying young.
One of our
favourite stud dog was our Dutch Import After Delphi Bart With
Bart was a son of the prolific sire, Kamp Plato vd Hazenberg and was chosen by Clifford at just five weeks old on a visit in 1992.
more pictures of our dogs can be found here
Whilst the number of Boxers we kept in the UK declined in the run up to the tail docking ban, what will never decrease is our appreciation of the breed and we cannot imagine our home without at least one Boxer.
Our move to living in both the UK and Spain has enabled us to once again own Boxers alongside our Bulldogs and Shih Tzu's. We have now recommenced our breeding programme in Spain and our Spanish website is at www.belire.com