Ok, so I was able to talk to my nephew my self and he decided against getting one of the puppies from the gal he talked to. Her puppies are CKC (continental kennel club)
registered and she was selling them at 6wks. I told him that is not the same and AKC and we discussed registries and why they are important. We also talked about genetic health (and non genetic) problems that boxers are prone to and expenses. We also talked about the importance of the time puppies spend with the mother and litter as well as behavior and we got into nutrition a bit. After talking he didn't seem to be all that interested in breeding- more just wanting to have a boxer to enjoy. He went online and did a bit of looking into the whole CKC registry thing and realized it isn't much more than a joke. And to think of all the people with ads in the paper who tell people that CKC and AKC are "basically the same thing". So he decided not to get a puppy from her.
I gave Scott the name and number of a good breeder to give to him so that he could get better guidance and help in finding the right puppy.
As my husband pointed out, not everyone thinks like I do. His parents want to buy him a puppy (as in now) and they don't see/understand what is wrong with the great majority of puppies being sold in the newspaper ads.
Scott called me yesterday (Thursday) at his lunch break and gave me the number to an ad that my nephew had looked at, and asked if I would call and talk to the lady (I actually called and talked with several). So I did. Basically did the whole interrogation thing with her. She has multiple dogs- she own both parents. She doesn't show and she doesn't do health testing (but at least she new what tests I was referring to) and we got into a deep discussion of boxer health. She was at least honest in answering all the questions I was shooting at her and not afraid to discuss them. She says that she has never had any health problems with puppies that she has sold in the past (I've heard that a million times) but she is also willing to take back a dog if it is determined to have a problem. Her puppies are 10 wks old and she had two sealed brindle males that were available, one flashy and one rather plain. She said that she had been working with them on house manners and potty training. Although not what I would ever consider a reputable breeder, she seems better than most of the others with ads ( I had one gal respond to my question of health testing with "They have all tested clear for rabies"
Long story short my nephew called the woman with the two brindle males and he and his parents set up to go look at them. I gave him a brief review of things to look for/at while he was there- not just of the puppies but also the sire, dam and her other dogs. He went home with the little flashy boy. I can't help but be happy for him and I hope this pup will be healthy and problem free. I also hope that this will be a good experience for him and perhaps his next boxer down the road a few years (It's nearly impossible to not want another boxer at some point
) he will spend more time checking into different breeders and what makes a reputable breeder vs a byb.
He text Scott a picture of the puppy on their way home, he is very excited and happy about his new puppy.
So I have now written down the name of a good trainer in the area and some info about puppy and obedience classes as well as about the CGC test.