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      2002, Jennifer Walker, Newcastle Boxers
                              Search Engines

                             Ask Jeeves:




                                Free Websites


                            Virtual Avenue:


                  Domain Names & Hosting

               Got Web?: (Where I have my site hosted)


                      Network Solutions:
   (Included because they are the “original”, but they still charge $35/year for a domain name.)

A word on breeder websites: I honestly believe that in this day and age, having a website is just as
important as having a phone number. The vast majority of my puppy inquiries come from my
website, and the few phone calls I do get are almost always from people who got my number off
either the Michigan Boxer Club website or one of the breeder listings ( usually). Even
if it’s nothing more than one page with your contact information and maybe some pictures of your
big winners or your current dogs, a website will allow you to reach a wide variety of people and –
more importantly – will allow them to reach you, instead of a backyard breeder or pet store.

                                                                 2002, Jennifer Walker, Newcastle Boxers
There are several free website providers on the Internet, and many Internet Service Providers
give you a free website with your service. Many of them have site templates you can use, and
Microsoft Publisher and FrontPage will let you easily create websites without knowing anything
about HTML. Of course, there are also a ton of website designers you can hire to do your site
(myself included <g>), and many have free graphics you can use with just a link to their site required.

One other thing on this topic – back in the early days of the Internet, getting your own domain
name was not something you did unless you were very serious about your site, because it cost $35
per year and you had to pay for 2 years at a time – and that didn’t include hosting or set-up fees.
These days, domain names are very inexpensive - $8.95 per year, or less if you buy more than one
year at a time - and you don’t have to have your own site – you can point your domain name to your
free site if you want, for a one-time $10 fee. In my opinion, there is a big advantage to this – it’s
much easier for people to remember, for example, than it is to remember The best prices I’ve found are at GoDaddy.

                         Boxer-Specific Sites
              American Boxer Charitable Foundation:

            American Boxer Rescue Association:

                     Boxer Information:

                            Boxer Review:

                     Boxer Underground:
  Includes a health-tested Boxers list and articles on Boxer Cardiomyopathy and Bob-tail Boxers.

               Especially the forums, which have an incredible wealth of information!

                         Worldwide Boxer:
 A nice pictorial on judging the Boxer according to standard, with examples from several countries.

                              Boxer Club Sites
                    Michigan Boxer Club:

                  American Boxer Club:

               US Boxer Clubs (ABC List):

   International Boxer Clubs (ABC List):

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                    Boxer Breed Standards
            American Kennel Club:

   American Boxer Club Illustrated Standard:

          Illustrated by Daniel Buchwald:
                     The same drawings found in his book, The Boxer Blueprint.

               Boxer Club of Canada:

                             Worldwide Standards (Collected)

              The Worldwide Boxer:

                   Marimat Boxers:

    A Comparison of the Worldwide Standards:

                     Boxer Breeder Listings
                American Boxer Club:

        Alphabetical List (Har-vel Boxers):

     State/Regional List (Maya Boxers):

State/Country List (Andilla Boxers):

      Alphabetical List (Andilla Boxers):

  Alphabetical List (Boxer Info):

I do recommend checking these sites, and the ones below if you are listed there, periodically to be
sure that your information is correct – or that it is there at all, as the case may be.

                                                                2002, Jennifer Walker, Newcastle Boxers
                  All-Breed Breeder Listings




                                      InfoDog’s breeder listing



I recommend listing yourself at as many of these free sites as possible. The more reputable
breeders that are listed, the fewer chances people have of purchasing from a backyard breeder or
puppymill. Even if you don’t do much breeding, you can educate someone on what to look for in a
responsible breeder and refer them to breeders you know who may have puppies.

                     Show Information Sites
                             American Kennel Club:
All of the AKC information is on their site – rules and regulations, registration information, point
schedules – and you can download and print most of the forms, as well. It’s not the most user-
friendly site, but once you get the hang of it you can get around fairly easily.

      AKC Online Store (Pedigrees, Title Progression):
(Once you get used to navigating the AKC site, the Online Store is quite useful. You can look up
birthdate, color, etc. of certain dogs, and you can check the number of points a dog has toward its
Championship – always a useful tool! To do this, find your dog, then go to Dog Reports, Awards
Record, then near the bottom click on View Title Progression. This is a free service – the $8
charge is if you want an “official” document listing the shows, judges, points, etc.)

                              Infodog (MB-F):
The major superintendent for Michigan. The Infodog site is one of the best super’s sites, in my
opinion. You can look up show results for MB-F shows, generally within a week. You can search for
upcoming shows (any superintendent) by date or by state, you can search for information on judges
and see what they’ve done in the past and where they’re scheduled to be in the future. And, you
can enter shows online, for a small fee (at present, $3.50 per entry – less expensive than faxing
them in). Which, if you’re like me and always forget about entries until Monday night, is usually less
expensive than overnight mail!

                                                                  2002, Jennifer Walker, Newcastle Boxers
            Show Information Sites, con’t.
                   Roy Jones Dog Shows:

            AKC Superintendent Listing:

              Show Dog Super Site:
                        Tons of articles here on showing and breeding.

                      General Canine Sites
                     Dog Owners’ Guide:

                        The Dog Scene:

            Greyhound Manor Crafts:
Patterns for various craft projects, including cool and warm coats. Geared toward hounds, but
easily extrapolated to Boxers.

                                K9 Web:

        The Schnauzer Breeder from Hell Articles:
      A must-read when you’ve had a day full of people wanting to “make money” by breeding!

                             Sirius Dogs:
                  Tons of articles on genetics, behavior, training, breeding, etc.

                       The Pet Care Forum:
   Formerly the Veterinary Information Network Pet Care Forum; they now have their own site.

 Veterinary Information Network Veterinary Hospital Forum:
                        Formerly the Pet Care Forum Veterinary Hospital.

  MI Dog Laws:

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                              Genetics Sites
               Animal Genetics:
One of the best explanations of basic genetics I’ve found. Don’t miss the section on Coat Color
Genetics (linked from this page, and listed below).

    Boxer Colors and Markings (Pictoral):

Boxer Coat Color and Marking Pattern Inheritance:

       Canine Coat Color Genetics:
     Another excellent site, geared toward Shetland Sheepdogs but applicable to any breed.

              Canine Diversity Project:
Many interesting articles on genetics, coefficients of inbreeding, gene pools, etc.        Promotes
outbreeding and assortative mating over linebreeding to maintain genetic diversity.

               Canine Genetics Links:

                 Canine Genetic Primer:

   Coat Color Inheritance and Appearance:

 White Marking Patterns of Boxers:

                              Breeding Sites
     Breeders’ Resource Center:
                               A collection of many useful links.

   Breeding Articles – Dr. Carmen Battaglia:

Breeding, Whelping and Rearing Puppies:

  Critical Development Periods:
Excellent information about the early development of puppies, from birth to 14 months. Based on
the work of Scott & Fuller.

    Getting What You Want From Your Breeding Program:
Probably the most common-sensical approach to developing a breeding program, in my opinion.

        Whelping Checklist:


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              Sample Contracts:

       Sample Sales Contracts:
                        A thorough collection of well-written contracts.

              Stud Service Contract:

                Stud Service Contract:
                 Also includes questions to ask yourself before breeding a litter.

                   Why Not To Breed Sites
       Does Your Stud Dog Have What it Takes?:

       Responsible Breeder Education:
                                      Excellent resource.

            The Reality of Breeding Dogs:
                                  Several true horror stories.

        Top Six Reasons People Give to Breed:

            Thoughts on Responsible Breeding:

                    Virtual Breeding:
A fantastic site! There are two secnarios, and the participant chooses what to do when certain
situations arise. Their decision determines the fate of the dam and puppies.

             Alternative Medicine/Rearing
               Natural Rearing (Marina Zacharias):
        Articles on nutrition, vaccination, rearing, breeding; also supplements and nosodes.

                  Homeopathic Online Education:
  Extensive information and articles on Hahnemann and homeopathy. Especially see the Library.

    Pet Education Articles:
       Discussion of holistic and alternative veterinary medicine from Drs. Foster & Smith

                                                                 2002, Jennifer Walker, Newcastle Boxers
                   Health Information Sites
              ABC Health Articles:

                     AKC Canine Health Foundation:

                 American Veterinary Medical Association:

           Bloat Study – Purdue University:

        Canine Cardiology Concepts:

                   Canine Health Online:
A “Question and Answer” site. Previous guests include Dr. Glickman from Purdue and Dr. Meurs.

             Canine Thyroid Health Study:

              Cardiologist Listing By State:

         Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine:

    Genetic Diseases in Boxers (ABC):

       Holter Monitor HookUp:
                  Good instructions for putting a Holter on – and keeping it on!

      Institute for Genetic Disease Control:
          Soon to be merging with the OFA, but their site is still separate at this time.

       Interpreting Thyroid Test Results:

               Merck Veterinary Manual Online:

              MSU Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory:

                OFA Article on Hypothyroidism:

                   OFA Thyroid Database:

                    Orthopedic Foundation For Animals:

                     Veterinary Heart Institute:

         Veterinary Information for Dog Owners:

                      VetGen (Genetic Databases):

                                                               2002, Jennifer Walker, Newcastle Boxers
                       Vaccination Protocols
         New Protocols:

            Colorado State University:

       North Carolina State:

                      Texas A&M:




          Washington State University:

    Vaccination Issues & Considerations
          Adored Beast Veterinary Clinic:

American Animal Hospital Association:
“There is strong and growing consensus among immunology and infectious diseases experts that
annual vaccination is neither necessary or advisable.”

           Animal Protection Institute:

              AVMA Vaccination Policy:
 “The one-year revaccination frequency recommendation found on many vaccine labels is based on
historical precedent and USDA regulation, not on scientific data.”

         Articles on Vaccinosis:

         Caberfeidh Scottish Deerhounds:

Hayward Study on Vaccination:


          Shirley’s Wellness Cafe:

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                      Nutrition & Raw Diets
          Agility Boxer Sample Raw Diet:

           Aunt Jeni’s Homemade for Life:
                                     Prepared raw food

                                  Seat of the BARF webring

     Dr. Billinghurst’s website. Includes pre-made raw diet and Dr. B’s books (recommended).

        Caberfeidh Scottish Deerhounds:

        Canine Wholistic Nutrition:
                                       Includes sample diet

Dog Food Comparison Chart – Premium Food:

Dog Food Comparison Chart – Store Brands:

      Interpreting Dog Food Labels:

              Newcastle Boxers’ Raw Diet:

Phenobarbitol in Dog Food:
                                        The FDA Report

            Raw “How-To” (Step-by-step):

                     Raw Setters:
       Includes sample diets and information for “Switching to Raw” book (recommended)

                  Steve’s Real Food For Dogs:
                                       Prepared raw diet.

                    Top 50 BARF FAQs:

            What’s Really in Pet Food?

                                                               2002, Jennifer Walker, Newcastle Boxers
             Behavior & Training
                          Individual Trainers

             Bill & Marian Bailey:

               Shirley Chong:

            Suzanne Clothier:

               Karen Pryor:

               Gary Wilkes:


       American Temperament Test Society:

     Association of Professional Dog Trainers:
               Has a database to look for trainers by state.

               Delta Society:

  National Association of Obedience Instructors:
              Has a database to look for trainers by state.

          Therapy Dogs International:

                       Articles and Resources

            Clicker Solutions:

     Doggie Door to Canine Behavior:

 Dr. P’s Dog Training Library:

         Pawsitive Solutions:
Some of this site is subscription only, but the free articles are worthwhile.

                                                     2002, Jennifer Walker, Newcastle Boxers
       Discussion Groups & Mailing Lists
                                    Boxer Specific Lists

                      Boxer Mailing List:
                  High-volume list, geared mostly toward the pet Boxer owner.

           Boxer Rescue List:
                  Also high-volume, geared (obviously) toward Rescue issues.

                   Boxerworld Mailing List:
                         Another high-volume, primarly pet Boxer list.

              The Natural Boxer:
Geared toward owners and breeders seeking a more natural lifestyle for their dogs – diet,
veterinary care, vaccination, etc.

              Obed-Comp Boxer:
      For owners who are, or wish to become, involved in competitive Obedience competition.

                         Show Boxer List:
                          For discussion of showing and breeding issues.

                                    General Canine Lists

                       Dog Read:
     An online book club, with the author of the month’s book participating in the discussion.

                    Dog Health:

                     K9 Health:

                   K9 Nutrition:

                          Show Dogs:
                               A high-volume list, for all breeds.

                                                                2002, Jennifer Walker, Newcastle Boxers
                          Dog Book Sellers

                        Sit Stay Go Out Store:

                                        Used Books
Searches several different used book sellers; I recently stumbled across a signed copy of John
Wagner’s The Boxer for less than $15!

                    Dog Vendors/Catalogs
                     Drs. Foster & Smith:

                 In The Company of Dogs:

                            J.B. Wholesale:

                            KV Vet Supply:

                    New England Serum Company:

                        Omaha Vaccine:

                             R.C. Steele:

                                                             2002, Jennifer Walker, Newcastle Boxers

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