The Ch. Before the Name (or how to get your boxer's breed championship)
Point Count for Boxers
There are seven groups in a dog show. The Boxers are in the Working Group (Group 3) which consist of the 28 different breeds shown below.
Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Anatolian Shepherd, Bernese Mountain Dog, Black Russian Terrier, Boxer, Bullmastiff, Cane Corso, Doberman Pinscher, Dogue de Bordeaux, German Pinscher, Giant Schnauzer, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Komondor, Kuvasz,Leonberger, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Newfoundland, Portuguese Water Dog, Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, Samoyed, Siberian Husky, Standard Schnauzer, Tibetan Mastiff.
Judging always begins with the dogs (males).
First in the ring are the 6-9 month puppy dogs (male), which is then followed by the 9-12 month puppy dogs, 12-18 month (only in a specialty show), Novice, Bred-by exhibitor, American-bred (can be divided brindle and fawn) and Open (IS divided open brindle and open fawn). The first place (blue ribbon) winners of those classes then return to the ring to compete for Winners Dog. After the Winners Dog is chosen, the second place (red ribbon) dog of the class the Winners Dog came from (if there is one) returns to the ring to compete for Reserve Winners Dog.
The Winners Dog stands by until the exact same proceedure has been completed for the bitches and a Winners Bitch is selected. Then Champion (specialty) dogs and bitches (if there are any) are sent into the ring and the Winners Dog and Winners Bitch follow them. The judging then is for Best of Breed, Best of Winners and Best of Opposite Sex and the judge makes his choices in that order and ribbons are given in that same order.
The points towards a championship are given ONLY for Winners Dog and Winners Bitch. The number of points for Winners Dog is determined by the number of dogs (male) that completed competition. The number of points for Winners Bitch is determined by the number of bitches (females) that completed competition. To determine the number of points won by the Winners Dog and Winners Bitch, look in the show catalogs. The Schedule of Points for the twelve (12) Divisions are published in the April issue of the American Kennel Gazette Events Calendar. The Schedule of Points are determined each year by the AKC and changes normally take effect on or about May 15th. The Dallas Boxer Club is included in Division 7.
Another way of possibly receiving more points is to take Best of Winners. If the dogs are just a one point show and the bitches are a three point show, the Winners Dog could also receive three points (a major) if he takes Best of Winners. Note, the Winners Bitch does not lose any of her points. The same if the bitches are only a one point show and the dogs are a three point show and the Winners Bitch takes Best of Winners. If Winners is awarded in only one sex, there will not be a Best of Winners award.
If the Winners Dog takes Best of Opposite Sex, he will add the number of Champion (specialty) dogs (male) to the number of dogs that competed in the regular classes to determine the number of points. If the Winners Bitch is Best of Opposite Sex, she will add the number of Champion (specialty) bitches to the number of bitches that competed in the regular class to determine the number of points.
If Winners Dog also is Best of Breed (he will also be awarded Best of Winners), the number of Champions that competed (both sex) will be added to the number of dogs in the regular class. The same for the Winners Bitch if she is Best of Breed.
If the Winners Dog wins Best of Breed and then goes on to win the Working Group, he will be awarded the highest points awarded to any of the Best of Breed winners he competed against in the group. The same for the Winners Bitch if she is the group winner.
If the group winner also wins Best In Show, he or she will receive the highest of the points awarded to the seven group winners. At no time will the points exceed five.