Alberta Boxer Club Inc.


About The Boxer

Boxers – A Unique Breed

The Boxer was developed in Munich, Germany towards the end of the 19th Century and represents a cross between a Mastiff type breed, the Brabante Bullenbeisser, and the British Bulldog. Boxers are a sensitive breed in that they need and thrive on human interaction. They need daily attention from their owners. Isolating a Boxer in a room or kennel, for extended periods of time, without human interaction, is just about one of the worst things you could do to this breed. Boxers think they are human, thus, their feelings can be easily hurt. They desperately want to please their owners and are completely devoted to their entire family. What does this mean to you as a potential Boxer owner? If your lifestyle is such that you are constantly “on the go”, and have little time to spare, a Boxer just might not be the right breed for you at this time. A breed that is less socially dependent might be the answer. The Boxer, above all else, is a working dog, and must exhibit the temperament, intelligence and structure of a working companion. The physical appearance of the Boxer is well described on the Alberta Boxer Club website (www.albertaboxerclub.ca) as well as the Canadian Kennel Club website (www.ckc.ca).

Facilities

Do you have the proper facilities to care for a Boxer? Boxers cannot live outdoors! They are a short-coated breed that is not adaptable to the outdoors, especially when it is very hot or cold. They are a house dog! If it is not your intention to have your Boxer in the house, then a Boxer is NOT the breed for you. Boxers need a fenced yard. This way they have a safe environment in which to play and “do their business”.

Costs

The amount you will pay for your Boxer will vary depending on the type (Show Prospect or Companion/Pet), the age, the breeding, and a number of other factors. The actual selling price is probably the least expensive part of ownership. You must be ready for anything. Any dog costs money, and if your budget cannot stand the extra strain, maybe now is not the time for you to own a dog.

Breeding

You should be purchasing this puppy as a loving companion, and member of your family. Please do not purchase this little puppy with the intention of breeding it. There are Pros and Cons to breeding; the Cons far outweigh the Pros in many cases. If you want to breed, or possibly considering breeding, PLEASE discuss this with the Breeder before you purchase one of their puppies. Breeders and Stud dog owners recognize that they have a lifetime responsibility for puppies produced by their brood bitch or stud dog. Breeders and Stud dog owners recognizethe inherent obligation to provide a stable environment that protects each puppy’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. This includes helping to relocate to a new home a puppy or adult dog with which the owner is dissatisfied or taking that puppy or adult back at any time in the dog’s lifetime. Any provisions for refunds or reimbursements of expenses shall be handled in the written contract between the breeder and owner. Responsible Breeders do not want their puppies to end up in shelters or pounds and will request that the Buyer contact the Breeder first to allow them to 1) purchase the dog back, or 2) help the Owner rehome the dog.

The White Boxer

It is of utmost importance that you realize that the White Boxer is NOT RARE. Approximately 25% of all Boxer puppies born are White or mostly White. Thus making the White Boxer neither “Rare” nor “Unusual”. The White Boxer, just like his colored siblings, can sometimes sunburn a bit easier, and there is a possibility of them being either deaf or blind. The White Boxer can be registered with the CKC, but because it does not meet the Canadian Kennel Club’s standard, it cannot be shown in the Conformation ring or be bred. They can, however, enjoy performing in other CKC events such as Agility, Obedience, etc. White Boxers have the same temperament and silly Boxer personality that their colored siblings have. If you choose to purchase a White Boxer, it will be sold to you on a Spay/Neuter contract.

Learn About The Breed

Learn all you can about the Boxer breed. Think about it, you will have this 4-legged family member with you for years and years to come. Wouldn’t it be better to be fully prepared? You need to know about any and all of the health problems related to the Boxer, their life expectancy, and other specifics related to this breed. There are many, many wonderful books for you to read. We would be happy to recommend a few to you. “ Boxers For Dummies” – By Richard Beauchamp “ The Boxer Family Favorite” – By Stephanie Abraham “ The New Boxer” - By Billie McFadden “ The Boxer” - By Anna Katherine Nicholas “ Boxers” – By Beverly Pisano

Talk to Breeders

As Breeders, we want the Boxer puppy you purchase to be one of the most joyful additions to your life. At the same time, however, breeders feel a very deep and real responsibility to their puppies. Breeders just want the best for them. Please do not be offended by the questions or screening procedures. They are meant to protect and benefit all involved. Remember, this little puppy is going to be with you for a very long time! Please take your time in making this great decision to own a Boxer. Owning a Boxer is a privilege and a responsibility. It is up to all of us to ensure that we don’t abuse that privilege lest it be denied in the future. Every living thing has the God given right to expect the same love and care that you expect for yourself.

Boxer Rescue

For information regarding adopting a Rescue Boxer, please go to the following website: http://www.boxerrescuecanada.org

We encourage participation in…

Only to name a few. Any and all of these sports will produce a strong bond between you and your dog, as well as helping him along the way to being a “Good Canine Citizen”.

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