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Choosing a Breeder and Buying

A Puppy

Whether looking for a pet/companion or prospective show dog, choosing your breeder is very important. Your puppy will spend the rest of its life with you and by going to a responsible and reputable breeder you will be giving it a head start.
Be very wary of puppies advertised on some of the free advertising web sites, most reputable breeders have genuine waiting lists, and word of mouth is usually the best way to go, so try to speak to other Boxer owners and find out where they bought theirs from.

Breeders will usually have dogs and puppies to show you that they have bred; and their kennel will probably be based on this, with several generations going back to foundation stock. This will indicate that the breeder is following a breeding program, not merely buying dogs in to breed from, and make a fast buck. Any dogs bred by the breeder will have the breeders 'affix' at the start of the registered name of the dog or puppy. The affix is the name peculiar to the breeders, as in our case, 'Shakatan'.
It is important that you ask the breeders as many questions as you like about the breed, and their dogs, and their showing record if this is something you are interested in, it is fair to say that the dogs that win are usually the best representatives of the breed, especially those with a stud book number.
It is wise to establish the breeding history of the kennel you are hoping to buy a puppy from, reputable, responsible breeders will not mind how many questions you ask them. Ask how many litters they have bred to determine the kennels experience, also ask how many litters the mother of these particular puppies has had. Most breeders only breed a litter when they want something to keep for themselves, so ask to see what other dogs they have bred and reared in the kennel.

A responsible breeder will not breed their bitches back to back, no matter what. They will have the welfare of the bitch at heart and will recognise that even the fittest of bitches need plenty of time to recover after rearing an average sized litter. Neither will responsible breeders buy or sell bitches purely for them to become breeding machines.
Your experiences with a Breeder should be cordial and pleasant as most are professional people Unfortunately there are individual ‘Breeders’ (Accredited or not) who claim all and deliver little once they have your money. Should you be unfortunate enough to meet the latter and obtain no ‘joy’ after a complaint then you should approach The Kennel Club report that ‘Breeder’ and be guided by the K.C
It is wise to establish the temperaments of the breeding stock from the kennel you are thinking of buying from, all our dogs live happily alongside each other as can be seen by the photographs on the site, and the one above.
Be prepared for the breeder to ask you lots of questions, and be prepared to answer them, responsible breeders will turn down prospective owners if they do not feel they can care for one of their puppies correctly we want our pups to go to permanent loving homes.

You should expect to receive a five or eight generation pedigree with your puppy and Kennel Club Registrations, (although these are sometimes delayed through no fault of the breeder). You should have a written contract signed by the breeder and the new puppy owner, and you should have plenty of time to discuss this document thoroughly, this is for the mutual welfare of the puppy, new owner and the breeder, it is nothing to worry about, it just sets out the terms and conditions of the sale of the puppy. Responsible breeders endorse their puppies, (progeny not eligible for registration or export), this is to help safeguard the breed and can easily be lifted by the breeder under the correct circumstances at a later date. Also a diet sheet for the new addition, a supply of food, details of worming and pre-sale vet checks,as well as microchip details. Most breeders also send their new babies away with six weeks insurance. You should also receive a copy of the parents heart testing certificates, in the past the Boxer was very prone to serious heart problems, though now through careful screening this is being eradicated. A worming passport with the dates, and dosage of the wormer used will be logged on this document.
A typicla Shakatan Boxer puppy. Brindle/white Boxer puppy relaxing on grass. JPG file size=42403 bytes Dimension=273x206pix
A scheme designed to recognise
         responsible breeders
A Box of Boxers. Five Brindle/white Shakatan Boxers of various ages and sex, cuddled up on a settee. JPG file size=86572 bytes Dimensions=232x155pix

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