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Old 08-06-2011, 09:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am new to the forum and the world of boxers. I have decided that a boxer will most likely be my next dog and was looking for info and advice for buying one. I am looking to get a purebred from a reputable breeder. I searched the forum a bit looking for a breeder in Miami, FL, but to no avail. I have looked online (ebay classifieds) and have found some, but not sure if I feel comfortable buying from just anyone who posts online. I am hoping to get one with papers and about 8 weeks old. I am currently a law student in my second year, so I am shopping with a budget. What should I be looking for when conducting my search? I have had dogs all my life, but this is the first time I am actually buying one and really want to do it right. I am not trying to rush into it, however, I know what I want and am hoping the search doesn't take months. If you have any recommendations or advice, I would greatly appreciate it. Any questions, please ask. Also, open to buy from a reputable breeder without seeing the pup in person, but would prefer to meet him first. Sorry for the long post :/ .
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You may have to go out of your area in order to find a REPUTABLE breeder.... go on and they have a list of breeders, some may not be active anymore...but its up to you to email/call them (calling is usually better) not all breeders have time to check their email regularly
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum! It can definitely take some time to find a reputable breeder, especially one that has a litter ready to go when you're looking for a pup. Most reputable breeders have waiting lists for their upcoming litters. Here are a few links that I found helpful in the search for my pup. These lists DO NOT ensure that all of the breeders are reputable, but it will give you a place to start your search and then you can ask more specific questions to each breeder about health testing, availability of litters, health guarantees, etc.

This link lists breeders in alphabetical order and also displays what state they are located in.
Links - American Boxer Breeders

I found this next link from AKC's website. It also lists breeders in alphabetical order.
American Boxer Club: U.S. Individual Boxer Related Web Sites

In regard to what makes a breeder reputable, there are multiple factors. I believe there is a sticky on this forum that outlines that information. However, a reputable breeder will always ensure that both the sire and dam of the litter have been health tested. Proper health testing goes well beyond just a veterinary physical exam and includes different examinations of hips, elbows, thyroid, heart, genetic disorders such as ARVC and DM, among others. There is a website called the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), which is a registry for dogs' health testing. If a breeder provides the full registered name of the male/female being bred, you can type the names into OFA's website and view any health testing that has been done on the dogs (If any has been). Before contacting breeders when I was searching I often looked up their dogs on the OFA website in order to initially see if prior health testing had been done. Just make sure that when you contact breeders you ask all of the proper questions to determine if they are reputable or not.

The searching and waiting for the right breeder can be tough, but in the end it will be worth it! Good luck with your search!
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You may want to consider contacting Greg or Newcastle, both are on this forum. I am sure they will be able to give you a ball park price for a purebred. If your budget is tight, you may have to wait until you have the money. Don’t forget it is not just the initial purchase but also the ongoing costs such as good quality food and vet bills.

As TheBoz has mentioned, it is important for the sire and dam to have been health tested, if possible also the grandparents. Dogs that have been tested do not have to be automatically healthy; it only means they have been through the process. Make sure you see the results, I am sure that Greg and or Newcastle can help you understand what “good results” are. I live in Germany; I think our methods are a little different so I don’t know what to look for by US standards.
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