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Old 03-12-2009, 10:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've grown up around all types of dogs my whole life (german shepards, yorkies,shelties,rottweilers, golden retrievers) and just recently moved out. I've always wanted a boxer of my own so now was the perfect time to get one. So a lady my mom knew (mom works at a pet grooming business) has 3 week old boxer puppies. Went to see them last week and they were adorable. The dad was very beautiful. His coat was almost flawless. The mom wasnt quite was good looking, probably because she just had babies, but still looked really good. They both were very, very nice dogs. She told me the puppies were purebred so i asked if she had papers. She said she didnt. She had papers for the dad, but not the mom. She was charging $400 for the puppies (for both male and female). She's also giving them all their puppy shots before she sells them. A lot of people are telling that's way too expensive for them without papers.

To be honest, i could care less if they were purebred, or had papers. I'm not going to breed them anyway. But the fact is that i dont want to be overpaying when i shouldnt be. Do you think $400 is too much or usual? Any help would be appreciated. thanks.
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hmmmm...kind of a strange question. How do you know if you're overpaying or not if you don't know what you're buying and don't care? So, I'll answer as if you do know what you're buying. If you are sure these dogs are purebred Boxers than no, you are not overpaying. If you are asking if $400 is too much without papers the answer is still no unless you arent sure if they're purebred and you want the papers to verify the breed and the price. My guess is that at $400 that the mother without the papers may not be a purebred or the person breeding the animals does not know how to price them. If you don't care if they are purebred and like the puppies and you can afford the $400, then buy one. A purebred Boxer can cost as much as twice that to 3 times that at least, depending on the stock. I hope this helps you.
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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IMO coat means nothing with regard to the health of your dog. You may find a pup priced less, however you risk the difference from paying a bit more from a reputable breeder in what lies in the health of your dog.

Price IMO should not be a deciding factor, as much as are they health testing their boxers. Do their boxers conform to the boxer standard, and are their temperments good. Most of the time people who just breed their pets because they are intact and call them purebred because of the paint job are really not interested in anything thant the buck in their back pocket.

Welcome to the forum and please browse thru our puppy section and breeding info sections. There is tons of information with regards to what to look for in a puppy.
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Price for a puppy sometimes is not based on AKC registration. Best thing to do is look at the going rate for a non-papered pup in your area.
I will let you know..living in Minnesota...puppies that were not papered could easily go for 300 to 500, depending on the breeder, and if they health-tested the sire and dam. Here in Texas, you can pick up pups all day long with no papers for $200.00...so its more of..check your breeder out first.
Did they health check the parents?? Does the home, and kennel appear to be well kept? ( Please don't go by looks of the Dam..3 weeks after welping, she isn't going to look to good..those babies are really putting a toll on her. )
Are you sure you want to buy from what sounds like a BYB?? I know its great to give a pup a home, but it also promotes further litters that have not been well planned, and could have genetic issues that will cost you a fortune down the road. Maybe if your heart is set on a Boxer you could check your local breeders, or even better try the local rescue...those babies need the home and love the most! And believe me..puppies will be sold, and you can give a un-cared for dog a new for-ever home!
Best of luck in your search for your new companion!
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'll admit that i dont know a whole lot about boxers or buying dogs because i've never done it personally myself. And it's not as if i dont care what im buying. I just want a dog that's going to be a good pet and friend to me. I dont need it for breeding purposes or to show it, which is why it being 100% purebred doesnt exactly matter to me. My parents were the ones always doing it. I do know that she had the mother checked out before she had the puppies to make sure she was healthy. Both the parents temperments seemed very good. While we were the mother was good about having people around them but at the same time was still protective of them. She did say that some other people were interested but she didn't want to sell the pups to them because she didnt think they would provide a good home for them. Which shows me that she isnt all about the money. Im sorry if i sound like i dont know a whole lot about what i should be looking for in the parents, puppies, and breeder. Im still very new to this. I'll check around the forums and gather as much info as i can. Thanks for the help.
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I paid 800 for Chloe and the people originally put her up for sale for 1000, reduced it because someone had commited to buying her then backed out at the last minute. She came with full registration. So 400, without papers, that is still cheap IMO. If I were you I would be more concerned about the health of the puppy rather than the whole papers issue. You should do some research on Boxers because if you have not done so you might not know they do have a rather short life span, so a pups parents being healthy is a really big deal. Anyways, 400 is cheap and honestly when I was looking and saw pups for less than that I would just keep on looking, seeing dogs for 250 or 300 just screams back yard breeder.
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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If you are not wanting to breed and show, but just was a companion, why put $$$ into the pockets of people who dont give crap. Maybe try boxer rescue and give a home to a boxer in need. They dont have papers, nor show quality, just needy little buggers looking for a second chance!!! What a better way then to give one a home!

Good job on doing some research, because I think everyone should -esp with a pet. Pets interact more with you and your family then the TV in your livingroom. Unfort. like Sully once said - more people spend time researching and comparing stores when trying to find a television then they do to a pet.

Good Luck and please ask any questions!
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There are so many of us on here that have bought pups from BYB's(back yard breeders), puppy mills or pet stores, not knowing better..You live and learn...Regardless if you plan on breeding or showing, you still want a healthy pup that will live a long life and sadly Boxers are already plagued by too many life shortening health issues...IMO, why not give your pup the best start you can? By going to a reputable breeder who does COMPLETE health testing, heart, hips etc you are doing that..Myself I would rather spend a bit more on the front end on the purchase and at least know I've given my puppy the best start possible..

I do feel that $400 is too much for an unregistered, un-tested pup..My breeder generally sells her pet pups for about $700-1000..That extra is worth it to me
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Just because they have a good coat doesn't mean they don't have heart disease or a history of hip dysplasia (sp?) among other health problems. Even if you think $400 is a good price are you willing to pay $1300 in vet bills three weeks later like I did? My suggestion is to find a boxer rescue or humane society near you and adopt a pup that needs a home. They may have health issues too however that way you are not supporting a BYB.
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