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The Boxer Association of Victoria recommends caution when purchasing a boxer puppy as there are many disreputable people breeding dogs. Our members are bound by a strong Code of Ethics, therefore anyone considering welcoming a boxer puppy into their life, should contact Boxer Association Members to discuss their puppy purchase and care. ......Go to Breederts Page >>>


Tips on Buying a Puppy:

The first consideration is where to buy your puppy.....

There are essentially three kinds of suppliers of puppies to the general market. They are the Hobby Show Breeders, Back Yard Breeders, and Commercial Breeders . Although all breeders within these categories don't precisely fit the descriptions discussed below, over 90% of them do.

Show Breeders: This breeder is primarily interested in the betterment of the breed. They are almost always actively involved in showing in conformation, and often participate in obedience, and/or agility. Most of them are actively involved in dog clubs. Most serious Australian breeders are members of the either a Boxer Club, and/or the Australian National Kennel Club in their State. They fully understand the health issues within the breed and test (when available) both sire and dam for the important ones. These breeders select dogs/bitches based on correct Boxer temperaments. They spend a great deal of effort researching pedigrees and stud dogs to select the breeding most likely to yield the best possible puppies. The puppies are usually whelped and raised in their homes and are socialized beginning at a very early age to optimize their temperaments for life in the real world. Their goal is to breed the best Boxer, because they plan to keep one of the puppies for themselves as a show competitor. The facts of life, however, is that not all of the litter will be show quality. In fact, seldom is even half of a litter show quality. Many breeders consider a litter with one or two potential champions as a successful breeding. The remainder of the litter are placed in pet or performance homes (obedience and agility usually). If you are fortunate, you may get one of these puppies.

Back Yard Breeders: This breeder falls into two separate categories. One is a family that typically has a one bitch that they would like to breed "so the kids can learn about birth" or "because the dam is such a great pet and they want another" or because they see an opportunity "to make a few dollars" with little effort. These breeders know little about the breed. They spend no time seriously searching for the right stud dog. They usually select the sire based on knowing someone in town who owns a male. They do not understand the genetic health issues or the need to health test the sire and dam before breeding. No consideration is given to the quality of the breeding partners, because they simply don't know what constitutes a good Boxer.

The second category of Back Yard Breeder has a male and one or two females. They breed solely to make money, and are not motivated by any other factor. The knowledge of these breeders is typically as lacking as that of the first category of Back Yard Breeder.

Commercial Breeders: This breeder houses many males and females of several breeds. The bitches are usually bred every time they are in season, until they can produce no more. The animals are all in kennels ... some of which are sanitary, and many others are not. There is no attempt to breed for anything but volume and dollars.
Many of these breeders produce a lot of puppies and peddle a good deal of misinformation.

The puppies are usually sold to brokers at 5 to 6 weeks old. The brokers then resell them to pet shops and other retail outlets.
Many of the Commercial Breeders do not provide registration papers and can't and/or won't meet Australian National Kennel Club requirements. The puppies are ALWAYS whelped and raised in a kennel with no exposure to a home environment. They would have you believe that their dogs are better by cgrading them as "superior" or some other classification that infer that they are of high quality. In fact there are almost never any champions within the past five generations of the puppy you will buy.

Some of these breeders pride themselves on either very small Boxers or large very heavy Boxers. These Boxers are not correct. The standard calls for a male to be a 56-61 cm (22-24 ins) at the shoulders and a bitch to be a maximum of 53-58.5 cm (21-23 ins). A full grown correct male will weigh weigh about 30 kg (66 lbs) pound range and a correct bitch will weigh about 28 kg (62 lbs). Bigger/smaller is NOT better. Some of the commercial breeders promise dogs that are "to your specifications" on temperament, when in fact, you will be sold just any puppy out of their many litters.

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Importantly, some of these breeders charge outrageous prices for the quality level they sell. They typically sell puppies for MORE than a good show breeder asks for a really top quality pet that was raised in the home and properly socialized.

The government is trying to eradicate "Puppy Farms" for this reason.

PuppiesWhich Breeder Should You Use? It's clear where you want to buy your puppy. The problem is that there are not enough Show Breeders to supply the market with good puppies. Most of these breeders are very concerned where their puppies go, and how they will be taken care of. They will ask a lot of questions before letting you have one of their puppies. However, we believe that it is well worth your effort to search out a good breeder. Your puppy will be with you for many years. Take your time !! It is important to have a healthy Boxer with a good temperament and a sound body.

Whether we like it or not, many people are afraid of Boxers, and jump to the incorrect conclusion that they are all too hyperactive. You must be reasonably assured that your Boxer has been bred with correct temperament in mind, and that it has been socialized and trained early, so that it can live well in our society.

Health Issues in Boxers: All purebred dogs have known health issues. Dogs that are not purebred have health issues too. You just don't know which ones they will have. There are a few health issues that you should be aware of when looking for your puppy.

The most prevalent health problems in Boxces are Hip Displasia, Cardiomyopathy (Heart Diseas), Heart murmurs, Hypothyroidism and Skin cancers.

Hip Displasia is a genetic disease that results in a hip joint that is too shallow for the "ball" to fit correctly. This can be a debilitating disease, depending on the severity. It is rare in Boxers, from show lines, but it does occur more commonly in the general Boxer population.

Hypothyroidism is found in Boxers, but it is not a common problem among well-bred dogs.

Cardiomyopathy an inherited disease of the heart. There is a test for dogs and bitches over 2 years of age for this disease, and knowledgeable breeders test their breeding stock and know which dogs have been affected by this disease, and they do not use them in their breeding program.

Heart murmurs can be detected early in puppies and as reputable breeders test all their breeding stock it is not a common occurence nowadays. If a puppy is detected to have a murmur breeders do NOT sell these to pet homes but run them on themselves to see if the puppy improves with age or the condition worsens.

Skin cancers are somthing that many Boxers can get. Usually they can be removed easily with no effect on a dogs health.

Cancer itself can be found in Boxers but not more than in other breeds.

This is another reason to know your breeder, their knowledge of health issues, and their commitment to improving to make sure their puppies are born healthy.

Now if you think that a Boxer is a lost cause health wise, let me assure you that there are many that live long and full lives with no health problems if bought through a reputable breeder.

The Boxer Association maybe of assistance by providing you with this list of checkpoints to look for when purchasing a puppy.


Click HERE for "Reasons to buy from a Responsible Breeder!" > > > >

  • The parents of puppies offered for sale should have been heart checked and tested heart murmur free in compliance with the Boxer Association HEART SCREENING PROGRAM!

  • The puppies should look plump and healthy, with loose pliable skin, clear eyes, loose coat (pull up the skin on the pups back to see if it very loose). Healthy pups at around 6-8 weeks should have a "toasty" smell and fresh breath.

  • The enviroment where puppies are a kept is clean and comfortable.

  • The mother has a very good temperament, playful and gay, not shy or aggressive and looks in good condition (Bear in mind she may be a little thin and her coat may be sparse as she has just gone through feeding and rearing this litter)

  • Check that your puppy of choice will come to you when called, and is outgoing, friendly and playful (.... when fully awake as pups can be drowsy if just awakened) and is not timid or cower in a corner.

  • All puppies must have been vet checked and received their first vaccination, and not leave their mother for their new home before a minumum of 8 WEEKS of age. A pup that leaves earlier has not had time to fully socialise with its siblings and develop a pack instinct, and may become dog aggressive as it grows.

When you come to collect your pup you should receive a Puppy Packet which should contain.......

  1. DIET SHEET - it is most important for the welfare of your pup that he has the correct diet to help him grow and stay healthy for life.
  2. Advice sheet on how to care for your pup when you get home....
    correct housing, worming program, training.
  3. Puppy's Pedigree Registration Papers - (Both papers must be signed and dated on the reverse.)
    • either Full registration if you are showing and/or breeding,
    • or Limited Registration if you are wanting a pet only (Obedience and Agility dogs only need Limited Registration papers)
    • Boxer and DOGS VICTORIA Membership Application Form
    • Certificate of Inoculation
    • A guarantee of continued service to you and your pup.

The Boxer Association has a list of breeders on our BREEDERS PAGE who you can contact for puppies. Even if they do not have puppies available they maybe able to answer all your questions or refer you to another member of our club who can assist you. 

PLEASE NOTE :  The Boxer Assocation of Victoria Inc. provides this service to its members to assist in the sale of their puppies but takes no responsibility or liability  whatsoever for any sale as this is a private treaty between the breeder and the purchaser and does not involve the Boxer Association of Victoria Inc. 

Anyone wishing to make a complaint in regard to a puppy purchase from one of our members is requested to place their complaint in writing to the Secretary.

Print out the following page and take with you when looking for a puppy.


Excellent article on training a puppy - "THE ALPHA FACTOR"

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