What do the different titles mean? What is the real deal?
ALL TITLES ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL!
My puppies, unless otherwise noted are out of AKC TITLED
Champions. That means that the puppy’s father is an actual SHOW DOG. It is
EXTREMELY difficult for a Boxer to get their AKC 'Champion Title. For most it
takes months and months of showing with a professional handler all across the
country.also on some web sites you will see and International Title with the AKC Logo on the pedigree,AKC DOES NOT RECOGNIZE INTERNATIONAL TITLE SO IT IS A FAKE AKC PEDIGREE,AND ONE OF THE MOST EASIEST TITLES TO GET.
American Kennel Club (AKC) Confirmation Titles are by far
the most difficult to earn. Each dog has to accumulate 15 'points' including 2
'major' points wins which come from 'large shows'. Points for the day are
determined by how many dogs attend the show that day. In our region it takes 24
males and 26 females to earn a '3 point major'. Second place (Reserve) get
NOTHING. Boxers show in the 'Working Breed' Group in AKC.
The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC-- be warned there is a
different UNREPEATABLE club that also goes by CKC) also have a similar point
system to AKC and are also reputable. There is less competition in Boxers with
CKC, so it is probably a slightly easier title to earn.
United Kennel Club (UKC) is the second oldest registry in
the United States. They focus more on the 'total dog'. In order for a dog to
earn a title with UKC a dog must accumulate 100 points including 3 wins over
'competition' meaning they have to win against other Boxers. Or they need to
have a difficult 'group placing' where they are judged against dogs of other
'Guardian Breeds' group. They can accumulate between 15-35 points per show, you can obtain a UKC title in one weekend so
this title is also less difficult to obtain than an AKC title.
FCI is the registry generally used for European dogs. It is
my understanding that dogs are not judged by comparing them to other dogs in
the ring. From what I have read 3 judges need to give a dog a certain score and
then they are a Champion. I think this is an acceptable way for Europeans to evaluate
their dogs. I just don't see why Americans would need to do that, unless they
didn't feel their dogs could cut it in the other rings against competition. So,
depending on the situation, and where the dog has come from, FCI may or may not
be a legitimate Title. I will say that European STYLE Boxers are NOT GIVEN
consideration in AKC, CKC, or UKC. Many people with European style Boxers
probably don't have many other opportunities to compete with their dogs other
than in FCI.
AKC, CKC, UKC, FCI are the only titles that I feel are
legitimate. Titles for Continental Kennel Club (the other BAD CKC), and other
registries that I have never heard of, I question their validity. They don't
mean much. Other than someone probably wanted to put some--- or basically any title
in front of their dogs name to get more money for the puppies. Not to improve
the breed or raise the best possible puppies.
There are also many other 'working titles' such as
obedience, agility, hunting trials (not for boxers), field trials.
There is also the Canine Good Citizens Award (CGC). This can
be completed by any well mannered dog, and has nothing to do with breeding
quality. However, it does show a good natured trainable dog--which is also an
So if the father of the litter is an AKC Champion, hopefully
more puppies in the litter will look closer to how a beautiful boxer is
supposed to look. Does that mean every
puppy in the litter will be 'show quality' or have potential to be a Champion? No.
Not every puppy will get every good trait from the parents--BUT even the worst
puppy in a Champion Sired litter is 'generally' better looking than even the
best puppies in other litters.
What does Champion Bloodlines mean? Not a lot. It can mean anything, and the
definition is generally left up to the breeder in question. If there isn't a
Champion in the parents first few generations-- then the first quality show dog
was probably great grandparents so by the time you have the puppies in
question, it still doesn't mean that they are anywhere near the standard of
what a Boxer should look like.
Puppies change so much, it is hard for anyone to look at
6-16 week old puppy and say with absolute certainty that the dog will turn out
for show. MOST Boxer puppies with 'Champion Bloodlines' do not have a very good
chance of EVER doing well in a show ring. They may be advertised as 'show
potential', but that does not mean that they have shown potential.
Many of the breeders advertising these 'show potential'
puppies aren't trying to lie to buyers; they just don't have a clue at what
they are looking at. Many have never even been to a dog show and are just
repeating what the person that they purchased their dog from (as a puppy) told
them. Everyone thinks their dog is cute, and could 'be a winner' and that is
simply not the case.
That is also why in one litter I may have two puppies that
some may 'think' look very similarly, priced very differently. It is generally
because I am seeing a physical quality about one puppy that I feel is less
desirable than the other.
If you have any questions about anything I have written on
this page, please feel free to contact me.