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Discussion in 'Showing - questions and answers' started by axp113, Sep 25, 2006.

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  1. axp113

    axp113 Boxer Booster

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    stupid question my my dog is a little over 19 months. the last time i showed him, he was in the puppy 12-18 month class.

    i think he should be entered into the open class, but there is also an American Bred and a Novice class.

    i am an owner/handler and i got my dog in the US.

    which class should i enter him into?

    thanks.
     
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    Well, it all depends on you and your dog. Open classes are the most competitive, and have a better chance of taking the points. It's not supposed to be that way, but the reality is in most cases that's how it is.

    American Bred can be any American bred dog. This class is usually used by people whose dogs are over 18 months, but not quite ready for the Open class.

    Novice class is for any dogs older than 6 months, who hasn't won three first place ribbons or have any points. That said, I don't see this class as an option very much anymore.

    So, pick which class your dog fits into, and there you go. Just have fun, and always remember, "You win some, you lose....alot". :)
     
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    JulieM Boxer Insane

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    In my own experience, most 19-month-old Boxers are not really ready for Open, especially the boys. Open is really the "ready for prime time" class, for those dogs who are fully mature and ready to win. There are always exceptions, of course, so you'll need to evaluate your dog to determine how mature he is at this point and whether you think he's truly competitive yet.

    I wouldn't count on the Novice class - I don't think I've seen one in the Boxer ring yet in eight years of attending dog shows.
     
  4. crazy4boxers

    crazy4boxers Boxer Pal

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    Hey axp113,

    I am not far from Quakertown. I actually used to take my dogs to handling and obedience classes in Quakertown. What shows are you entering in? My dogs are all finished and my husband and I will be adding another dog soon to show. Just waiting for the right one. Our handler has an eye out for one. I have owner handled my dogs and put many points including majors but the professionals really get it done much quicker. Let me know when you are showing. If it is close to home, I will try to come to support you!

    What class did you decide to enter in? I always put my dogs in AmBred right when they were coming out of 12-18 months because they weren't quite ready for open. My last female actually took WB many times out of AmBred and once was a 4 pt major at a specialty. Best of luck.
     
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    I agree with the others. At 19 months your guy would probably fit best in the American Bred Class. You would also have a better chance of making it into the Winners Class from the American Bred. I would not bother with the Novice Class. It is seldom used in Boxers.

    :)
     
  6. axp113

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    hello crazy4boxers,

    I am entering him in the Am. Bred class. The show is up at Augusta, NJ on Oct 14, about an hour and a half north from quakertown. I enjoy showing Harley myself but I am fairly new to the show ring even though i have been going to handling classes for about a year or so.

    I am considering using a handler down the road, due to the nature of the competition in the show ring. I am also part of the boxer club near the Quakertown area, so they have helped me out a lot as well.

    we also plan on doing the show at Lehigh university and Bloomsburg.

    hopefully we see you there.
     
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