Boxer Breeders in New England?
Feb 13, 2008 at 2:17 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 4


Sep 26, 2004
Does anyone know of any (good) Boxer breeders in New England.
I only found one in MA, and they sell them for $995~$1100. A bit steep.
Feb 13, 2008 at 7:12 AM Post #3 of 4
For a quality specimen of a given breed, bred by someone who is spending a lot of time and money in bettering the bloodline with each breeding, and who is in it more for the love of the dogs than for profit - the price quoted is reasonable.

In order to know that's reasonable, the breeder should be happy to show you the bloodline at least 4 generations back, should want you to meet the dogs, should want to show them off to you, and talk a lot about the dogs. A good breeder also won't shy away from the bad points.

And those kind of breeders tend to be picky about who their dogs go with, and typically 8 weeks would be on the early side of when you could pick up your puppy. The breeder will want to see that you're responsible and see which puppy best suits you.

With our dachshund's breeder, we came over when the puppies were 5 weeks, and the smallest one was the one who came over first and got scooped up. The 3 other puppies quickly saw how fun that was and wanted some of that.

And we visited once a week until she came home with us. On the second visit we brought a blanket so that she could get used to us. She did come home with us on the early side, at 8 weeks, and what we know now about puppies is that they have a lot to learn still from their siblings at that age. The * to that is that she went back to the breeder for the weekend while we moved house, and had frequent visits from her mom and sister, like a few times a week we ended up hanging out because we became friends with the breeder - so Pixie got that socialization even though she was with us.

If the breeder isn't friendly or forthcoming about this stuff, move on.

And one "CH" in the pedigree, or just a few "CH"'s in the pedigree does not mean it's a champion bloodline. Move on from a breeder that claims as such. If they're being dishonest about that, what else are they being dishonest about?

ps - Before you think it's unreasonable, consider the costs of breeding. The stud fees, the vet bills, the search for the right stud in the first place. And then let's consider how you get the proof of your dog's quality for breeding - dog shows or certifications, or competitions. These take time and money. What does this mean for you and your dog? For you, it means less expense in future health care problems, and temperament problems. For the the dog, it means avoiding some of those ailments that can affect the poorly bred dogs. No, it's not 100% certain, but it's the best shot at having a happy, healthy dog.

If you think that's too expensive still, then go to the SPCA and offer someone a home, as long as you are prepared to offer them a little extra TLC.
Feb 13, 2008 at 4:38 PM Post #4 of 4

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