Are you willing to pay $500 or $600 or even $700 for a puppy without a written Health Guarantee?
If the puppy you bought has a congenital disease that is discovered when you take him to the vet, will the breeder take the pup back? Without a written Health Guarantee, 99% of the breeders who don't have a written Health Guarantee will tell you, "It's your puppy, do what you want with it"
Are you willing to buy a puppy for several hundred dollars and not see a written Health Guarantee up front before you place a deposit, that is non-refundable?
If someone claims their dogs have lots of champions in their bloodlines, ask to see the 5 or 6 generation pedigrees. (3 generation is not good enough) If they can't produce any and the dogs are AKC, look on AKC website, as it is public record. (You shouldn't have to do that, they should provide it) You would need the dog's registered name or registered number.
If a pedigree is provided, does it list the name of the registry on the document such as : American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club? It could be a well listed name of dogs. Does it list each of the dogs registered numbers with it?
Beware of breeders who claim that they have been breeding dogs for 15, 20, 30 or more years. If they have been, they should have a written contract/health guarantee by now that should be on their website for you to read over so you know what you are getting into. If you don't see one, they could be hiding something that they don't really want you to know until they get your money.
Will the breeder allow you to visit their kennel? Can you see where the dogs and puppies are housed? Can you meet the sire and the dam? Do they have shiny coats and look well fed? Are the kennels clean?
(Remember: Visiting a kennel while puppies are less than 4 weeks old can stress out mom and the entire litter. You are strangers to them. Wait for the puppies to get a little older. Also, keep in mind that some breeders may object to visiting their kennels as someone in the past may have brought in Parvo. They could have had a terrible experience due to it. Parvo is highly contagious, deadly and it is very costly to the breeder not to mention the heartbreak of losing those precious little puppies.)
My goal is to produce boxers that conform to the breed standard, with health and temperament being of equal importance (because they should all be long-lived house pets, regardless of quality). I have been successful thus far, of not producing white boxers, which tend to have more health issues than the boxers of color. Many show dog breeders produce white boxers which do not conform to the standard. Don't get me wrong, I think the white boxers are beautiful dogs and they do make wonderful pets, which can be use in your sporting events also. I evaluate my pups at birth and as they grow. All these pups are certainly eligible to be shown in obedience, agility, tracking, and other activities! In fact, I encourage active participation in these sports, as it is a load of fun!
You can expect to pay more than what you see advertised in your local paper, and possibly more than the national pet store chain. But you also have to keep in mind that, unlike the pups in the newspaper or pet store, I've put considerable time, money in vet services, quality dog food, and effort into the parents against health issues, and I stand behind the health of the puppies I produce. That is something you will NOT get from a puppy mill, pet store, or hobby breeder. I realize that the investment a buyer makes is nothing compared to the emotional one, and so I do all that I can, to make sure my puppies are as healthy as can be, so that their human family can expect to get a long lifetime of love and enjoyment. I am advising you now, because some people expect to buy a Lexus for the price of a Kia. Therefore, please do Not support the puppy mills by purchasing a pup/dog from a pet store.
My vet checks each pup before I will release them to their new homes. They also will receive their first set of shots which is given by my vet. You will have 72 hours to have your pup vet-checked, per contract. This is like a second opinion, and for your satisfaction that the pup is healthy.
The materials offered on this website are intended of educational purposes only. Weepin Oaks Boxers does not provide veterinary services or guidance. Please contact your veterinian in reguarding the care of your animals.