FAQ I always believed that show boxer must have 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, in dogs used for guarding property such as boxers, cropped ears are 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. Lambada has been shown and winning points with natural 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 pet and can enjoy and endure endless hours romping with children, they have been breed to work. They are spirited, high energy dogs, who need a lot of outdoor exercise and training, they are intelligent dogs so they are easy to train. Watching daily interactions and rapport between the children and boxer is priceless.
The bond evolves and need 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, when they get 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 show has Junior Handling competition. There you can meet and talk to Junior Handlers and their parents about 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.