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  1. Here is an updated picture of Elmo [img]http://www.dogzonline.com.au/images/profiles/53/10167_172.jpg[/img] Meg will be arriving to Australia today and remain in quaruntine (I think) for a little while longer, I'm looking forwards to updated pics of her :wink:
  2. [quote name='Ravyn']And its not that breeders will stop breeding. Its that GOOD breeders will stop breeding, leaving the field wide open for every BYB wanting to make a buck to even FURTHER mutilate the breed, not by tail docking, but by creating boxers with horrible heart problems, hip problems, eye problems or cancers, too large or too leggy or too long in the muzzle (or too short!) and with awful temperments. Boxer lovers do not want the boxer as they know it to go extinct. Same as any other lover of any other dog breed. Preservation of the breed as it is and as it is meant to be is key. Bobtails allow that without compromising the look of the dog, or putting it through any possible pain by docking surgically.[/quote] Yes, and that is what is beginning to happen here, some of the best breeders aren't breeding anymore, that is, until now, now they can use bob tails instead. Most people here are all for responsible breeding, now if you know anything about breeding you will know that responsible breeders are few and far between, it is in dogs best interest if we keep these breeders so that dog buyers have an option to buy a well bred dog over a puppy mill dog.
  3. I posted something similar recently, should be no more than a couple of pages in if you want to have a look for it. Plenty of good ideas there :D
  4. Aroura

    Please vote, just curious...

    I voted the same as you Irena (thought I'd better vote on my own poll :wink: ). I do rescue, and show, and may breed my boys if the right circumstances arose :D
  5. Aroura

    Pinch Collars?

    [quote name='Malamum'][b]Aroura wrote:[/b] [quote]They are illegal in this country, if you get caught using one you get done for cruelty[/quote] I'm sorry Aroura but that is just not true.[/quote] Sorry, I must have been misinformed (the person who told me is in fact a very well respected animal behaviorist - I'll have to re-inform her!). All the same, I would still never use one on any of my dogs. I used to use a check chain until it ruined one of our dogs and she hates training now, now I'd rather not take that risk thank you :wink:
  6. Aroura

    Pinch Collars?

    They are illegal in this country, if you get caught using one you get done for cruelty. I would never dream of putting one on any of my dogs - there are much better ways of training :wink:
  7. I don't always sign these things, but then I think of this big, precious life that has just been thrown away in the cruelest way imaginable because this stupid ignorant woman didn't think, she needs to get whats coming to her. :x
  8. Merlin is only going to get bigger! :wink: Good point BK. It is hard for some to see that it [i]will[/i] benefit the breed as a whole, but living in a country where docking has been banned, and being in touch with many of the Boxer breeders in this country, I can assure all of you that in many ways it is benefitting the breed. Ravyn, excellent post! Sound's like you are well educated on the matter :D
  9. Yes he will be, I'm sure. He's turning out so nicely, it's hard to tell what he will be like at the moment, he is going through so many stages, the only thing he MIGHT have going against him is that he may turn out to be long in the body, but seeing as Boxers are a head breed it is not a huge worry. The other Boxers in my area are pretty medeocre, well, until this girl moved over from Scotland with this stunning dog, now Merlin has some tougher competition :wink:
  10. [quote name='__crazy_canine__']Well to me that guy wasnt being responsible. He bred hundreds of dogs, and they were mutts, although now they are considered purebred. All for a bobtail.... which isnt very important to a dog that isnt going to be working, only showing. Thats just my opinion but I stand firm in not agreeing with his breeding of all those dogs.[/quote] Well everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I can say with 100% certinty that my next Boxer (which wont be for many years) will be a bobtail. Part of the reason why I got a Boxer in the first place was because of it's lack of a tail, now I have one with a tail and it's cute, but I prefer not to be beaten up by a big strong tail, now that there are bobtails in Australia I will be able to do that. The incidence of tail injury's in Boxers is tremendous, every day I worry about Merlin. It's just good to have the option of getting a Boxer without a tail, without the breeder having to break the law to make it that way :wink:
  11. CC - The guy who originally breed these has devoted his life to it, it is not just "an experiment", he has used nothing but his best dogs in this breeding program. I don't know what he did with the ones that didn't turn out, you'd have to email and ask him I guess, but he is not a backyard breeder breeding designer mutts, he is a genetisist using his knowledge to preserve the "look" of the breed. Anyway, Rowie, you wanted to see some more Merlin so here he is :angel: First up, a group shot: [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Aroura/PhotoLibrary-1138.jpg[/img] What the heck, another :wink: [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Aroura/PhotoLibrary-1142.jpg[/img] And a couple showing off his head and conformation, which I took for his breeder - she's very happy about how he's coming along!!! [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Aroura/PhotoLibrary-1144.jpg[/img] [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Aroura/PhotoLibrary-1145.jpg[/img] [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Aroura/PhotoLibrary-1164.jpg[/img] [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Aroura/PhotoLibrary-1146.jpg[/img] [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Aroura/PhotoLibrary-1166.jpg[/img] Oh, and I just can't help myself, here's Monty in his little jacket I bought him for his birthday :fadein: [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/Aroura/PhotoLibrary-1171.jpg[/img] He's not quite as big as Diego yet, but he's 5kg heavier - he's a little beef cake! :)
  12. I guess maybe because it is the canine councils duty to keep these dogs as natural looking (natural meaning what they are [i]meant[/i] to look like, in a Boxers case meaning no tail) as possible, when governments bring in stupid laws banning docking (it's not cruel, it prevents injury, it should be the breeders decision whether or not to dock) the canine council makes an exception to keep this breed looking like it's supposed to. They are Boxers through and through. It is a problem when so many of the experienced breeders who have been in the breed for decades, stop breeding because a Boxer no longer looks like a Boxer, these people need other options to keep the breed what it is - at a recent Boxer specialty the overseas judge commented "The Boxers here (in Australia) are outstanding, and are far better quality than from my own country", lets keep it that way huh? :wink:
  13. I knew she was getting another dog, I knew it was going to be a bobtail, I just knew it! But she denied - wanted to keep it a secret, now she's let the [email protected] out of the bag and I was right! But lo and behold, she's not getting one, she's getting TWO!!! Can't wait to meet these little angels :angel: [url]http://www.dogs.net.au/boxberry/page4.asp[/url]
  14. Aroura

    Stopping them from digging...

    Ah, their own digging pit... silly me I didn't even think of that! I'm usually the first to recommend it to other people though... DUH! :roll: :lol: Actually, I think the problem here with a digging pit would be that the only place I could have one would be on the outskirts of the yard, or in their run, and once they start digging there they just dig straight out! I've actually filled some holes around the outskirts of the yard with poo, but thankfully (I guess??) they don't do enough poos to fill all their holes! LOL. Great idea with the pepper court, I may try that. I don't think we have moles, voles or gofers here but I'm sure there's something they're digging for, the way they smell the ground, snort it all up, then dig. Oh I love giving the dogs annoying consiquences to their naughty actions :evilbat: :lol: