FAQ: I always believed that show boxer must have their ears cropped. It seems that I’ve been wrong as you show a boxer with natural ears.

Indeed, as the C.K.C. Boxer Standard stipulates “The Boxer's natural ears are defined as: moderate in size (small rather than large), thick to the touch, set wide apart at the highest points of the side of the skull and lying flat and close to the cheek when in repose. When the dog is alert the ears should fall forward with a definite crease".

Historically, boxers were used both as guard dogs as well as in boar hunting. It was thought that cropping ears would reduce the ability of human invaders/threatened prey to grab onto the ears and injure the dog. Additionally, in dogs used for guarding property such as boxers, cropped ears were thought to make the breed appear more ferocious; hanging ears are reminiscent of the naturally droopy ears of puppies, looking more cute than dangerous.  Docking of the tail and ear cropping are both procedures that have been subject to controversy in recent times. However, the decision completely rests with the owner's discretion in regions where the procedures are allowed. It must be noted that in recent years, there has been an increase in the showing of natural eared boxers, and Lambada has been shown and gained her championships without cropped ears. 

FAQ: I'd like to buy a boxer for the family as they are described as perfect family pets, playful yet patient with children”.

While it is certainly true that boxers make excellent family pets and can enjoy and endure endless hours of romping around with children, they were originally bred to work. They are spirited, high energy dogs who need a lot of outdoor exercise and training, though they are intelligent and learn quickly. 

Nonetheless, watching the daily interactions and the rapport that develops between children and their boxer is priceless. This bond evolves and needs to be maintained. The children need to be taught how to take care, respect, treat, and train the dog. Boxers in all their exuberance like to give kisses and hugs but need to learn not to jump up on people and obey commands.  Boxers are also very strong dogs for their size, and when excited they may knock down toddlers by accident, so they are recommended for families with older children.

FAQ: We have a dog and my child would like to try Junior handling too. How should we start?

If “a picture is worth a thousand words”, watching Junior Handlers compete is worth…..The best start is to attend the local dog show. Most dog shows have at least one Junior Handling competition during the weekend. There you can meet and talk to Junior Handlers and their parents about the many aspects of this fun and exciting sport. The calendar of events is posted on the CKC web site. Information on Junior Handling in Canada, tips and ideas are also available at Just for Junior Handlers. Caroline’s blog provides her own experience as a Junior Handler and she enjoys responding to questions.