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 important trait.
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.
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