Aine (Kellaney Boxers): It´s no doubt that every dog has its fault, there is no perfect boxer. If you have to mate a female what would you advise to look for in the male?
Monique Hodgkinson (Tanyati Boxers): Most definitely a male that is as close as possible
to the Standard. As no dog is perfect, try to ensure that
the male and female do not share the same fault/s.
Purely cosmetic faults are more excusable in my eyes
than faults in structure, so if you have a female
with light eyes and an upright shoulder and the best
male available to you that consistently produces
excellent shoulders also has light eyes, I would take the risk.
Light eyes are one of the easiest things to breed out, being
a recessive gene.
However, never lose sight of the importance
of correct expression and ensure that the next generation is
created using a dog that comes from generations of dark eyes.
Pedigree is very important too. You need to know what the
immediate ancestors are like, and what they are prepotent
in producing. It is not good enough to look just at the
male and the female.
They may have been freaks of Nature, being nothing
like their parents, or grandparents. The chances
of a ‘one off’ beautiful dog producing consistently
good offspring are very slight.
Aine (Kellaney Boxers): Must the male cover all the weak points of the female or has to be the male nearest possible the standard?
Monique Hodgkinson (Tanyati Boxers):
As I mentioned earlier, you don’t fix one
fault by using a dog that also has a fault but on the
opposite side of the scale – you don’t breed a female
whose nose is too long to male whose nose is too short.
Correctness and a dog as close as possible to the
Standard is what we (should) aim for. Therefore we
need to use a dog that is close as possible to the
Standard and as correct as possible in the particular
attribute where our female is weak, in the hope that
his genetic makeup for perfection in that characteristic
is prepotent over our female’s genetic makeup for the fault.
2 wrongs don’t make a right.