Marion was asked by the Editor of Dog World, Simon Parsons to compile an article on the Boxer Breed Clubs

Thank you to all the secretaries for their kind contributions

It is well known that The Boxer Breed Clubs are extremely proactive in terms of shows, seminars, socials, rallies and various other competitions, also with publications health testing and so on. The majority of the clubs now have web sites. Therefore I would like to include a little about the UK Boxer Breed Council, the Boxer Breed Clubs and what they provide for the breed, giving you a little insight into the various clubs activities.

The objectives of the Breed Council are to maintain the Boxer breed in accordance with the breed standard approved by the Kennel Club. To co-ordinate all aspects and activities of the Boxer breed clubs in the United Kingdom for the improvement and protection of the breed, combing this with education for those who are interested in the breed

Boxer Breed Council Secretary : Mr Malcolm James

As Secretary and a non-voting member of Breed council, Malcolm’s role is much the same as any other secretary, organise meetings, and administering the day to day running of Breed Council. Breed Council conforms to the Kennel Club regulations C2C3. Its objectives are to co-ordinate all aspects and activities of all Boxer Breed Clubs in the United Kingdom, for the improvement, health and protection of the breed. One addition that most secretaries don’t deal with is the administration of the Boxer Breed Council judging lists, which takes up 50% of his workload.

The Breed Council holds the health of the breed as a primary importance and this was reflected in the reformation of a health sub-committee, all matters relating to boxer health can be found on the health pages contained within the website. The objectives of the health committee which is chaired by Dr Ron James is to provide expert recommendations, advice and guidance to Breed Council on all matters relating to Boxer Health and to take Veterinary and Genetic advice as appropriate.

The Anglian Boxer Club held their first Members Limited Inaugural Show in 1977. The Club was delighted to be given Kennel Club approval & held its first Championship Show in 1990. They now hold a Championship Show every year in January at Newark & Notts Showground. The Club also holds an Open Show each year in September this has a friendly atmosphere and the home cooked food on offer is second to none
The British Boxer Club is the parent club and oldest boxer breed club in the UK.They hold a Championship Show each year in August, at the Kennel Club Centre. They hold two Open Shows, in Oxfordshire and their ‘Working Day’takes place in September. This event is great fun, with a spectrum of activities just for boxers, including obedience, agility, boxer racing, temperament testing, and tasters of gundog work, working trials and flyball. A primary concern is the health of the boxer. Since the inception of the boxer heart- testing scheme some 15 years ago, the British makes available a veterinary cardiologist to conduct heart-testing at its Open shows. Three Club committee members serve on the Breed Council Health committee
The Cotswold Boxer Club is fortunate to operate in an area very popular with successful breeders and 10 of our 14 committee members are championship show judges. They aim to put on exhibitor friendly shows and the December Championship show often attracts the biggest entry of the year. At the other end of the scale, they are one of the few clubs left who still hold monthly match nights. Back in 1985 they launched the annual Dog of the Year contest which continues to this day, now as part of the Boxer Event. The qualifiers are celebrated on a popular annual calendar.
The Essex and Eastern Counties Boxer Club began life in 1985, having previously been a branch of the British. They hold a Championship Show at Godmanchester in March, when heart testing is usually available. Their Open Show and Special Puppy event is held in the autumn at Brentwood Their monthly matches, at which they also hold training sessions and Junior Handling classes, are held at Ramsden Bellhouse. These are very well supported throughout the year and committee members are always on hand to offer help or advice. They also run seminars and fund raising events for Boxer Rescue.
The Irish Boxer Club is the largest Breed Championship Show in Northern Ireland & is held annually in September. The Club also run Dog Matches on the 2nd Monday of every month except in July (& August) & are held in Redburn Community Centre in Holywood. The matches are run in aid of various local charities. Our August match this year was held on Friday 5th August in Moira where we also had a BBQ in aid of The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in Memory of Daniel Mooney.
London & Home Counties Boxer Club was formed in 1951.and celebrated their Golden Anniversary Championship Show last year, they are enjoying their Diamond Jubilee this year. They run 3 Club shows per year, hold rallies, heart testing and run and run a charity 50s Club.
The Mancunian Boxer Club was first established in 1951, and will be hosting their Diamond Jubilee Championship Show in 2012. They sponsor The Boxer Puppy of the Year competition under the umbrella of the three clubs Boxer Event. The Mancunian hold heart testing at their October Open show each year
The Merseyside Boxer Club was founded in July 1950, They hold weekly training classes and encourage other breeds to participate. The MBC believe in training people to train their own dogs. They hold a Championship, Limited and Open show every year. They organise sponsored walks for charity, breed seminars, organise junior handlers outings, fund raising social evenings plus many gatherings over the year to help and promote the Boxer. Their next Breed Specific Seminar/ A2 judging assessment will be in January 2012.
The Midland Boxer Club was formed in 1948. The club holds one Championship and two Open shows per year. Over the years the club has always had strong links with boxer enthusiasts from Europe and this has been, and continues to be reflected in the selection of judges especially for our Championship shows when we give the British exhibitor the opportunity to seek the opinion of a boxer breed specialist from Europe.
The Northern Boxer Club was established in 1946, the premier provincial Breed Club, second only to the British Boxer Club. In 2009 the Northern held their 60th Championship Show and drew the biggest entry of the year with 313 entries, and the exhibitors benefited from reduced entry fees .They continually run a Puppy Line costing a mere £10,. They also hold many fundraising activities each year such as; car boots, race nights, rallies,all monies raised go into the Boxer Rescue Fund.
The Scottish Boxer Club is available to help any Boxer owner in Scotland. The club holds three shows per year, a Championship Show in February with Heart Testing and two Open Shows also Puppy Stakes. They host a Top Dog Event each year for members who have qualified during the previous 12 months, and run their own Boxer Rescue. Training Nights are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month open to all breeds at the Eddlewood Hall in Hamilton.
South Wales Boxer Club has a very busy and active rescue and also a 52 week of the year telephone advice line. They aim to hold a bi-annual residential seminar and always try to accommodate members requests and educational needs. Charity walks have also featured with both local and national charities benefiting.
The South Western Boxer Club was created 50 years ago by five local founder members They were first granted ‘CC’ status 35 years ago in 1976. The club is famous for producing the ‘South Western Blue Book’ on an annual basis. This useful and informative ‘little blue book’ is produced for both the novice owner and breeder/show person alike. In June 2009 the club organised a KC Good Citizen Test achieving a (100% pass rate ) We still have training classes for Boxers every Tuesday night and hope to have another Good Citizen evening soon
The Trent Boxer Club is famous for the Championship show catalogue which includes a 3 generation pedigree for every dog entered, providing excellent reference for breeders. Also the Annual Trent Plate, which features 7 Boxer Champions. Anyone can have their Champion dog included at a reasonable cost. Once featured you can order various crockery with your dog on, now in full colour
Tyne Wear and Tees Boxer Club was formed early in 1952. The committee continue to serve and promote the North East region, holding championship, open and limited shows yearly, training classes held fortnightly and also educational seminars. Boxer Rescue in the Tyne Wear & Tees region has been operating for a number of years now, under our new Co-ordinator Mr Alan Cuthbert and we hope, with your help, to carry on the high regard in which Boxer Rescue is held.

West Lancs Boxer Training Club was founded 1981. They hold weekly Monday training nights, training boxers in Ringcraft, Obedience and Agility, They also hold popular fun events throughout the year, usually at Christmas, Easter and also in the Summer, like our Summer Fun day this coming August Bank Holiday Monday, which will also be their 30th Anniversary Party The Boxer Breed Council has given the club 'Associated Membership' and has representatives present at Breed Council meetings.