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The Times They Are A-Changin’

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As time passes, the dog show world has evolved and modern technology has definitely impacted the development of the “sport” of purebred dogs.

I started showing in 1971 (Old Dominion Kennel Club, Virginia, Cherry Blossom Circuit) with my first purebred dog. I had never been to a dog show before.

At that time, there were some box trucks that the handlers had, lots of station wagons, a few vans, and the infamous BLUEBIRD. Most of the shows were outdoors here on the East Coast, and on nice days most exhibitors stayed and enjoyed the Groups and Best in Show. There was lots of time to chat with the other exhibitors, learn more about your breed (and many other breeds) on a lot of those balmy, sunny days. (Of course, we sometimes waded through mud puddles and hid from the torrents of rain!)

There were fewer shows, too. Most shows were held on weekends with fewer “circuits” of multiple days. We couldn’t wait to get our “Gazettes” to find out who won where… and the magazines were anticipated—even if the news was very outdated. Our phones were always busy after a show weekend, and long-distance rates went down after 7 p.m. It was an exciting time to start on this journey.


So Much Has Changed

Thanks to modern innovations (i.e., the Internet, cell phones, etc.) we now have almost immediate show results from across the country—sometimes even videos of the show in progress. Many of the superintendents post the results quickly, and participants often post videos of the judging.

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The results of Boxer involvement in a multitude of Performance Events and in Obedience are often shared, accompanied by photos or videos shortly after the accomplishments.

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But how do you find out more Boxer “stuff” and more information about the breed?

The American Boxer Club excels in digital information! The official website offers an extensive amount of both current and past history as well as past, current, and upcoming activities.

Web Guru of the ABC site, Vicki Rounsaville-Millard, has created an informative compilation of everything Boxer, from AKC recognition in 1904 to current and future events, statistics, history, the foundation and structure of the Parent Club accompanied by the most current Officers, Directors, and Membership along with information concerning member club locations. Upcoming events, dates, and locations are available. Updates of information on genetic and medical research impacting the breed, and studies that are constantly updated, may also be available.

One of the most memorable and important documents that is published in its entirely on this site is the 50th Anniversary Album which traces the development of the ABC, done in lieu of a catalog for the 1985 National Specialty and compiled by Suzie Campbell. Originally printed in hardcover, it is now a collector’s item and it’s almost impossible to find the hardcover. Going through the Table of Contents leads to a trip through the development and progression of the growth of the Boxer in the US.

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So Many Informative Sites

BOXER U is another venue for learning about the breed. Each year at the National Specialty, BOXER U classes are conducted by many knowledgeable and respected Boxer folks, and audience participation is encouraged. Videos of these classes are available on the ABC YouTube Boxer Channel.

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The ABC YOUTUBE CHANNEL is an additional source for learning more about the breed. It has videos from many specialties and events throughout the years. Some movies of old specialties offer a chance to see some of the dogs you’ve only read about, with very entertaining videos of specialties and action videos of astonishing performance Boxers.

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The JUDGES EDUCATION COMMITTEE information is included on the ABC website. The Committee worked with AKC in developing Judging the Boxer which is available on the website for both breeders and prospective judges. This offers introspection on what an AKC judge looks for in the evaluation of the Boxer in the show ring.

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AND… another digital creation, available by subscribing online, is In the Know, a newsletter that keeps up with the upcoming events and the latest news for all things Boxer. Editors Tami Mishler and Ginny Shames keep pace with the ever-evolving activities and accomplishments in the Boxer world. Subscribe and you will be “IN THE KNOW.

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Of course, speaking of Internet communication, it would be remiss of me to ignore FACEBOOK. Not only is there an “officialABC Facebook page, there is also an Obedience Group available… and many other pages from each of the national specialties in past years.

With all the current digital creations, and as convenient as modern innovations are, nothing can replace seeing and meeting the “clown” of the Working breeds—the BOXER—in person.

Walk up and introduce yourself… and you will have a new friend.

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With all the current digital creations, and as convenient as modern innovations are, nothing can replace seeing and meeting the “clown” of the Working breeds—the BOXER—in person.



Are you looking for a Boxer puppy?

The best way to ensure a long and happy relationship with a purebred dog is to purchase one from a responsible breeder.

Not sure where to begin finding a breeder? Contact the National Parent Club’s Breeder Referral person, which you can find on the AKC Breeder Referral Contacts page.


Want to help rescue and re-home a Boxer dog?

Did you know nearly every recognized AKC purebred dog has a dedicated rescue group? Find your new best friend on the AKC Rescue Network Listing.


Boxer Breed Magazine

Showsight Magazine is the only publication to offer dedicated Digital Breed Magazines for ALL recognized AKC Breeds.

Read and learn more about the bright Boxer dog breed with articles and information in our Boxer Breed Magazine.


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