One of the most important decisions you can make about choosing the new member of your family (your Boxer puppy) is about the home they come from.
When it comes to the new member of your family, you want the best, so why not get a Boxer puppy that has had the best start in life, a loving home, and friendly parents that were well taken care of and are considered part of a loving family. Your chances of getting a Boxer puppy that will be a great member of your family are better if you buy from a breeder like this.
One of the most important things you can do before buying a Boxer puppy or even visiting a Boxer breeder is to research everything you can about the Boxer breed. Here's just a little bit of information that may be helpful. The Boxer is a sturdy dog that stands about 25 inches. They should be intelligent, playful, loyal, and patient with children. The Boxer should be alert, not lazy or sluggish. If you visit a breeder and their parent dogs are just lying around and acting sluggish, ask them why! It could be that they were just playing and are tired or it could mean that they don't have proper care and diet. Also, Boxers should be willing to be friendly.
If you check out the parents and they act scared or defensive, then there is something going on here that you don't want a part of. The puppies' parents should show signs of intelligence. You are getting a product of the parents, so if the parents seem dumb, then most likely their puppies will have the same intelligence. In case you haven't guessed, the kind of Boxer puppy you will get depends on the puppy's parents. So keep in mind, if you don't like something about the parents, this could be inherited by your puppy. Remember to research the breed thoroughly before visiting a breeder. Find out the pros and cons of the Boxer breed and find out what, if any, health problems they may have. An informed buyer has a better chance of making a better choice when choosing a puppy than someone who leaves their decision to trust the breeder.
One thing you can do to help improve your success in finding a great Boxer breeder is to ask plenty of questions. You can never ask too many. If you are not a good question asker, take someone who is good at asking the question with you when you visit the breeder. One important question to ask is "If you can visit their kennel"? If you get all kinds of excuses and reasons why you can't come to visit, then my suggestion is to find another breeder. There are plenty of honest and reputable Boxer breeders out there to choose from. You need to visit the breeders before making your decision about a puppy.
This is a must! You need to see how big of an operation they are running and what kind of conditions these dogs are being raised in. You want to see if it is a family setting or if it is just a puppy business. You need to really look at the condition of the kennel, not only for the puppies but also for the adult dogs. If a puppy is kept in dirty conditions, it probably means that they have not been given good care in other areas such as feeding, vaccinations, and affection. A good rule of thumb of a reputable Boxer breeder is that they should have only one male and no more than four or five females. If a breeder has too many dogs, they cannot live together as a family. The dogs, along with the puppies, cannot be given the proper care and love that they need.
Another tip to remember is that a sign of a good breeder is that they only breed one or two breeds of dogs. The preference would be to choose a breeder that only breeds Boxer puppies. By breeding only Boxers, they can devote all their time to this breed and will know more about the Boxer breed. It also helps when asking to see Pedigree and Registration papers. When a breeder only has a few dogs, the information on the Pedigree and other papers can be more believable and trustworthy.
When buying a puppy, you are essentially buying the bloodline of the puppy. If someone has more than 20 dogs, it can be almost impossible for the breeder to keep track of who is who when it comes to Pedigree. It can also make it almost impossible to know who the father of the puppies is. Beware, there are dishonest breeders out there who just don't know who they are breeding. It's better to just stay away from these breeders. These puppies are not cheap, so just be sure that your hard-earned money goes to the best quality puppy you can find.
Another good question to ask is if the Boxer Breed has any health problems. If they are not serious or reputable breeders, they won't know or they will give you a bogus answer. These answers are important to know before you go to visit their kennel. Some health problems of the Boxer breed are cancerous tumors, digestive problems, and aortic stenosis (heart ailment). These problems don't occur often, but they are important to be aware of. Boxers can also be prone to manage and bloat (a life-threatening disease of deep-chested dogs). But one of the biggest health concerns is hip dysplasia. Every Boxer owner should be aware of this. All good breeders will tell you about this possibility. Ask the breeder if the parents have been x-rayed and are certified to be free of any genetic hip issues. A breeder who has had these done and whose dogs have been certified as excellent is the breeder you should choose.
Another question that should be asked is "How many litters has the female had"? If they seem uncertain or hesitant about the answer, then you can guess that the dogs are not a big part of their owner's family. This is not a good sign. Usually, a good breeder will only allow their female to have one litter per year. They can have up to two litters per year, but no more than that is recommended.
Also, the breeder should be asking you questions. He should be concerned about where his Boxer puppies are going and to what kind of home they will go to. A good Boxer breeder will want to know if you know how to care for your new puppy and also what kind of living arrangements you have for the dog. They will want to know how much time you will have to spend with your Boxer. Boxers need a lot of exercises. They have loads of energy and need someone who can spend a great amount of time exercising them.
Remember, there are so many Boxer breeders out there, that you don't have to just settle on the first breeder you visit. If you find that the breeder makes excuses for you to not visit and seems to be hesitant about answering questions, don't buy from this breeder. You should feel welcome and comfortable around the breeder. A reputable Boxer breeder will make sure each puppy has had its' first shots and has been wormed before it leaves their home. Also, one sign of a good breeder is their health guarantee. This should be a written agreement telling you what health guarantees if any, they offer. It should explain the rights of the buyer and the seller, the breeders return policy, health information, and any spay or neuter issues.
Always remember to ask for your puppies' papers before you leave with the puppy. Do not let the breeder send them to you at a later time. If they don't have the papers ready when you go to pick up your puppy, either come back another day or just find another breeder. Chances are if you leave with your puppy and no papers, you will never get these papers. A good breeder will have these papers ready when the puppies are ready to go.
One way you can determine that a breeder is not trustworthy is if you catch him in a lie. When you call them for the first time, be sure to take notes. Once you visit the breeder, ask the same questions, and take notice if the answers are the same. If their answers are not consistent, then this is a sign that something is not on the up and up. It could be something minor, but most likely it can be hiding something major.
One other topic that needs to be discussed about the Boxer breeders is that if a breeder tries to sell you on a "rare" white Boxer puppy. For one thing, a pure white Boxer is not rare. It is unusual, but it is not a rare occurrence. These white Boxers cannot be shown in AKC competitions. They are fine as a pet, but don't let a breeder convince you that you are getting something that is one of a kind.
Just be sure to plan ahead and be well educated when considering a Boxer breeder. Go with your instinct! If something doesn't feel right with these breeders, look for someone else. This Boxer puppy will be a part of your family for many years. You want to make the best choice for your family. It may mean you pay a little more, but it will be worth it in the long run.