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Discussion in 'Showing - questions and answers' started by Darbysmom1, Oct 12, 2005.

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  1. Darbysmom1

    Darbysmom1 Super Boxer

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    Hi I am hopefully going to be new to showing but not to boxers.
    I have been wanting to show for years but seem to always have problems it seems to have to be well planned before you get the puppy. I have gotten two puppies with the intent to show and think both of their ears didnt turn out well enough to show.
    The breeder from the first dog gave me the name of the vet that did theirs ears and I went there and I told them show lengh and they went on and on about how that is really long and if I am not going to show shouldnt do it and after a little bit of a fight he agreed to a long lengh. he did a beatiful job but not long enough.
    the second one we had moved to another state and again went to the breeders vet and this time he I dont feel did as good of a job as the first one leaving a nick in the ear. is there a way to get maybe like an AKC approved vet or something does this sound silly? like I said I am new.. I am about to get another puppy and before I do I want to try to figure this out.
     
  2. MyGirlHeidi

    MyGirlHeidi Completely Boxer Crazy

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    She is going to show Boxers. She's just new to showing. :)
     
  3. Alisha Mobley

    Alisha Mobley Boxer Insane

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    Often times a show Breeder will have the ears done before the puppy leaves. If this isn't the case for you then like Daniel said, go to shows and look for Boxers with crops you like then ask for the name of the vet who done them. :)

    As for your other two...how bad are the crops? Not all Boxers showing (and winning) have the same crop. Some are shorter and/or wider than others. I'm not sure how short "not long enough" is or how bad the nick is but, I wouldn't let small imperfections in a crop job keep me from showing an otherwise nice Boxer. ;)
     
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    I agree that a so-so crop should not ruin a show career. I personally like a little shorter (compared to a Dobe) crop. As long as it does not detract from the head, it is not the end of the world.

    I would get out there and do some showing. You need ring experience and you can get some opinions.

    :)
     
  5. Brutus and Amaya's Mom

    Brutus and Amaya's Mom Boxer Insane

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    I did a lot of asking around. I was a member of my boxer club before I purchased my conformation puppy so it helped that I already knew many breeders. I got some names to stay away from and some good names of others.

    FYI- I did end up going 2 hours away for NInya and many people in my area go 2-4 hours away to go to a vet that has lots of experience and that does many show dogs so you may have to look outside your area.

    The most important thing is to get advice from other boxer people.
     
  6. Del T.

    Del T. Boxer Buddy

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    Do the ears HAVE to be cropped? I thought that the standard was relaxed in this this respect?
     
  7. LilygirlCO

    LilygirlCO Boxer Insane

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    They don't. We're not cropping our show puppy's ears but we've heard that it is harder to win with the natural ears.
     
  8. Del T.

    Del T. Boxer Buddy

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    Ahh. Thanks for the info on that.
     
  9. Brutus and Amaya's Mom

    Brutus and Amaya's Mom Boxer Insane

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    well... when I got Ninya I asked quite a few people who are actively showing about leaving her natural. Their overall conclusion was leaving natural would make it a lot harder to finish her and they wouldn't do it. There are not a lot of natural dogs being shown right now and the top dogs are all cropped. Many judges will not be up on the standard change and you need an exceptional dog since yours will stand out in the pack.

    Since she is my first conformation dog I elected to crop. Yes-- I took the easy way out and I am not fighting the good fight for the natural ear. I also only have so much time and money.

    In all the shows I have taken Ninya too in the last 6 months I think I have seen 2 naturals in the ring. It will be harder to finish a natural but it is up to you.
     
  10. Del T.

    Del T. Boxer Buddy

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    Good Info., Thanks!

    Is there a time that it is too late to do that?
     
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