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Old 04-26-2010, 01:17 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I know this thread is cold, but it comes up when you Google Erin Boxers, so I feel I need to speak up.
Our 3 1/2 year old bitch came from Erin Boxers and has been bred by them. She's a sound dog, with a temperment that can be described word for word by the breed standard. I agree with the previous poster who mentioned they breed on the larger size. My girl is big for a female.

You can't judge a breeder by a website. Greenfield Puppies has a lovely, slick, well done website with cute little bios about the dogs. They are brokers for puppy mills and backyard breeders in PA. Cardale Boxers, on the other hand, has no website, but is owned by the President of the NJ Boxer Club.

Jack O'Brien breeds sound dogs and cares for them well. Jacquet's (Rick Tomita's) Bravo was the foundation stud for Erin Boxers, and, in my experience, Jack is very careful about who he breeds. My girl was bred with a Cardale Boxer, whose father was a Jacquet. Jack is regularly in touch with Rick Tomita and is well known by the community of reputable breeders in NJ.

It's been my experience, through training with and getting to know some breeders in NJ, that many of the reputable breeders in the state are older. Jack and Mary are middle aged, Carol Brower is of age to be retired from her full time job. These aren't people of the information age. They've been working with dogs for a lifetime, however.

If you're looking for a pup, contact the state boxer clubs in your state and neighboring states. Talk to the club officers. When you call one kennel, ask them if they've heard of/know anything about the other kennels you're contacting. It might even be worth it to talk to some well known trainers in your area, if there are any, esp if there are any behaviorists. They know what dogs they've seen with problems.
And, pick up the phone. There's a lot of communication lost in emails. A hesitation when answering a question, a tone of confidence or enthusiasm when decribing their dogs - these little things tell you something about the person you're talking to, and these are the things lost in email.
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:14 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I almost bought/co-own a puppy from Erin Boxers but I didn't want to bred her so I passed.

Heidi, is there a reason why most breeders in NJ do not health test?
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:55 PM   #23 (permalink)
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You know, I never pressed for an answer, but the impression I got was that they didn't see it as necessary. The ones I have gotten to know a little or know a little about, all have been doing this for so long, and have been breeding their own lines or only co-breeding with certain other breeders that they seem to know who has what problems.

I know Jack tries to minimize the risk of heart problems by using studs who are a bit older, also. (Cardiomyopathy -forgive my spelling- usually shows up around age 4 - 5, I think.)

This is part of why I think it's good to ask other breeders about a kennel you're interested in. The breeders watch each other's dogs at shows and pay attention to whose having what troubles. When Heidi's breeding was being set up, I was asked a set of questions about her past health history by the owner of the stud (Cardale Boxers). No specific testing was done though, because she knows Jack's dogs, she knows the health history of his line by virtue of just knowing the dogs, and she's known my dog since she was a little pup.
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Just a point of clarification, the most typical ages of onset for ARVC (Cardiomyopathy) are 3, 5, 8 and 11. However it can show up at any age. What's more, a dog who doesn't show signs until 11 can still produce puppies that drop dead at 3. That's why regular holtering is so important, even after dogs are past breeding age.
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Hi, I am part of the saucon valley boxer club and I have purchased a dog from Erin's Boxers, they (Jack and his wife) are great people and are Part of the NJ Boxer Club or Eastern Boxer Club. Harley is 5 1/2 years old now and he is awesome!

One thing you have to realize when you goto some breeder sites is that 1) these people are usually older and not web savvy (ie, web pages are just to get their name and phone on the web, very simple, not fancy) 2) these people are old school so calling them rather than emailing may be better.

Stay away from greenfield puppies, they are a puppy mill. I would personally reccommend Erin Boxers, Connor is Harley's "Father" and Harley is show quality, but more importantly he is part of the family and is great with our 2 year old son and our other rescue boxer Bella, who is deaf.

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Old 09-16-2011, 06:27 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I actually bought my male Boxer "Chase" from Erin Boxer's. My personal opinion, Jack and Marie are very nice people and have a great blood line going!! And to be honest, I probably couldn't say enough about how please that I am with Chase!! I'm actually planning on purchasing another Boxer from them. I do realize that their web page is garbage. But I'd at least give them a call and pay them a visit. Best of luck!!
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Old 10-21-2011, 04:41 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I too have a male boxer from Erin Boxers and I recommend them wholeheartedly. Jack and Mary are great breeders and their boxers are incredible. My boy is now 4 years old and beloved by everyone who meets him. He's physically a beautiful, perfect boxer, but it's his personality and temperment that win everyone over. If you want a boxer, go see Jack and Mary. You won't be sorry.
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:00 PM   #28 (permalink)
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People, all I can tell you is Jack and Mary Obrien are two of the best people My wife kathy and I have ever met. There is no doubt in my mind they are elite breeders with a blood line 2nd to none.Please meet PUFF DADDY ( Ring name General Judzens) and His Mate LITTLE KIMBY AKA( cloey). This is jacks Blood line, I believe they are the best of the best and one thing for sure, #1 in our house. Yes they will mate soon !!!!



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Old 05-28-2013, 09:16 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Hello Everyone; I had to jump in here. I too have to vouch for Jack and Mary O'Brien. We have a female who is now 8yrs old come July 2013 - Dakota Starr/Brindle/Spayed now. We bought her at 8wks. Jack & Mary were very particular with interviewing perspective owners and we got to view/choose/visit our puppy when she was about 5/6wks old. Dakota is large as another parents stated below but we work on keeping her "girlish figure" . She is in great health and is a puppy at heart. We didn't get to breed her as the economy crashed so she's hangs with the neighborhood crowd. Call Jack/Mary - if they are in good health i am sure they are still breeding happy litters. That's all from us - enjoy your "fur babies" - God bless!
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