Boxer Show Dogs: Adhering To Breed Standards

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Boxer show dogs are amongst the most popular in any given show ring. Adorable and impressive in one, they are fine specimens that really enchant the judges but, as with any other breed, they do have to conform to certain standards to even set foot in the ring.

In the United States, the standards are set by the American Kennel Club, and they are very specific standards to adhere to. The rest of this article will introduce you to the breed standards that show dogs have to adhere to in order to be a success.

Boxer show dogs have been recognized in the working breed group since 1904 and are considered to be medium sized dogs that should stand between 21.5 and 25 inches in height at the withers. Any smaller or taller and they will not be accepted into the category. There are other grounds for exclusion as well.

For example, show dogs have to be fawn or brindle. No other colors will be accepted, and that especially applies to white Boxers, who are not recognized under breed standards. Even fawn and brindle Boxers cannot have more than a third white on their coat.

The AKC and other kennel clubs the world over place emphasis on the build of the show dogs, who are supposed to be well built, muscular and follow proper form. Only after the form has been established do the judges pay attention to the head and face of the Boxer so the most important thing is to make sure that any Boxer you plan to show is in proportion.

After looking at overall proportion, the proportion of the facial features is important but the ears no longer have to be cropped. In some countries, cropping is now illegal, as is the docking of the tail as both practices are considered to be cruel. As such, it is necessary to check the form expected within the country you plan to show Boxer dogs.

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The standards expected of show dogs are quite extensive so you will have to look them up in detail before you send your dogs into the ring. However, it is important to note that all deviations from the rules are routinely penalized in proportion with the severity of the deviation.

It is also important to note that the standards cover everything from the bite and jaw structure to the back and topline. Everything has to be spot on in order for your Boxer show dogs to get best in show in their category.

You can enter Boxer dogs into local shows, national shows or even international shows but it is worth starting in your local area. Take a look at the kennel club and the dog clubs you can join. They will all be more than accommodating if you want to begin showing your dogs. There will be plenty of information for you to take in but as soon as you know it and make sure that your dogs are ready to be shown then you will find that you can enjoy a lot of success with Boxer show dogs.


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