I hav a question about boxers as they age. I hope that this is the right area, and I hope that I don't offend anyone. I have met with a few breeders, looked at a bunch of websites and have been researching boxers since last fall. Yesterday, I was looking at a breeder's website that showed pictures of their prize winning boxers standing proud winning dog shows a few years back, and then they have more current picture of the dogs. In the more current picture, I would not have recognized them if they had not been labeled. They had aged so much that they really looked old and completely different. Not only had they turned almost completely white in the face, their colors looked lighter and even their body shape changed dramatically. Now, before everyone just points out that dogs are like humans and get old too, let me explain why I bring this up... The book that we bought on boxers says that at age 7 the boxer will enter into old age, which will be accompanied by an increase in white/grey color. The book even showed a picture similar to the one on this website. So this all makes perfectly good sense. However, my wife grew up with a boxer who lived to be 12 and never showed any of the physical signs of aging (other than slowing down a _little_). The same was true with some boxers that her uncle had. Also, during our research, we have come across just a couple of boxers (in person or pictures) that really look different as they get older. So my real question is this: do _all_ boxers eventually look differet as they age or is this a characteristic of certain blood lines? Is it a general warning sign? Or is it more of a thing where some boxers age better than others just as people do? I just wonder why we have not seen more pictures of boxers that look so different as they age. Are they just not photographed as much when they are older? I hate to ask this because we are talking about your babies here, but I would like to see some more pictures of boxers that are "older", say over 9 or 10. Can some members with pictures of older boxers posted on this website tell me their user name and their dog's age? I really, truely don't mean to ridicule or criticize anyone's boxer. I have looked through the member galleries and you all have beautiful dogs. I did not see any that showed these signs of aging. However, I did not know their ages either. I just want to get a general idea of what is "normal" aging. Perhaps these dogs I saw on the web are normal and I am just an idiot! Sorry to ramble. I just want to make sure that we get the best quality, healthy puppy we can. If this breeder has dogs that don't age well, I want to be able to take that into consideration when selecting who I deal with. I would hate to be years down the road and have someone say, "Why didn't you look closer at the grandparents?" Thanks. I appreciate any help.