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Trifecta Boxers


founder Patricia Russell

Below is the foundation story of Trifecta Boxers and Trifecta Training Center.
The link above to Trifecta Boxers will take you to the first page of the present story.

On today's internet there are thousands of web pages touting well bred boxers and boxer puppies for sale. As with life, much of it is all flash and no substance. Some of it is out and out fraud. Deceiving the public is an art.  So how does one find a reputable breeder? Some of the things to look for are referrals. Club affiliations. (AKC is not a club) ABC is the American Boxer Club, The Parent National Club for Boxers. Listed in the "Clubs" section are links to individual State Boxer Clubs that can help you find breeders in your area. Past history of the dogs, their placements and past achievements are also a good indicator of a dedication to the breed. Reputable breeders are extremely selective placing puppies in the right homes. As far as the foundation for Trifecta Boxers, I think "pictures are worth a thousand words." Please see our foundation below.

Trifecta Boxers was founded on the working ability and companionship of the boxer. As a child my family always had a boxer. As soon as I could, after college, I acquired my first boxer OLy. Then, some years later, I started with obedience competition. I have not, previously, highlighted those obedience dogs on my web page. I think now is the time to introduce them.  I have elected to use the pictures taken when they earned titles with me handling. The very reason I have not published these pictures before was there was a little too much "Me" in the pictures. However, to provide appropriate information for the foundation of Trifecta Boxers I guess I should include myself. I have over 50 years experience with the boxer breed. I have been an All Breeder Professional Trainer for about 20 years, helping others make great companion dogs out of their boxers and other breeds.

My first obedience dog was Sir Oly's Bru. (whelped in the late 1970's) Sired by my own dear Oly. She did not earn any titles but was a wonderful well mannered companion dog all her life.
The dogs listed below highlight only the beginning. For a complete picture go to the individual pages.
Trifecta Boxers (click here)
Trifecta Training Center (click here)

above 1990 with me and left to right Elsa, Jedi and Kona

Kona was next. Kona Winds of California CDX. (whelped in 1986) He earned a CD (Companion Dog) and CDX (Companion Dog Excellent) and was wonderful to watch in competition. Kona taught me how important structure was for the working boxer. As a tall dog, competition required he jump 36 inches. When dogs land on the other side of a jump they always come down on the same foot. They must have appropriate amount of bone, correct structure and conditioning to support  landing with all of their substantial weight on one leg. They must have correct structure to facilitate appropriate take off to get over the jump and they must have correct structure to continue to do this over and over again without injury.


Elsa, Summit View's NW Elegance CDX, Elsa was a challenge. I purchased her wanting a show dog. Ultimately I felt she was not good enough to become a champion, so we continued to do obedience. Competing in obedience Elsa could be a star or a complete embarrassment, depending on the day and the position of the moon. The broad jump, a flat 54 inch jump with short boards every few feet made no sense to her. If you could walk over it and step in the middle, why would you want to make a huge leap? This is but one example of boxer reasoning. And, on this issue she was right. It was a stupid jump. But, to finish her CDX title she had to do it. Convincing her to do it by the rule book, was a real tough endeavor.


To finish a title a dog must qualify in all the exercises (dog must perform the exercise with only minor deductions) for that particular title and achieve a score of 170 out of 200. Points are deducted for mistakes such as a crooked sit, slow responses, lagging heeling etc. The dog flunks the exercise if too many points are deducted or he fails to perform the whole exercise. For instance in the broad jump ( a second level title) the dog must jump over all the boards turn and come to a front sitting position in front of the handler. If the dog cuts the last board in order to make a quicker turn, he flunks. These same exercises must be done to the above standards at three different shows under three different judges to achieve a title such as Companion Dog.
Shows are held usually in conjumction with and All Breed Conformation Show. Most conformation shows average around 800 to 1200 dogs. I mention this to give you an idea of the amount of distractions. Placements in the classes at obedience comepetitions are based on scores. Almost all obedience competions are All Breeds as well.

Pictured below, one of Elsa's shining moments. A High In Trail at Oregon Boxer Club


Jedi was my shinning star. Dornlea's Solar Showdown CDX. He was also purchased as a show prospect. Again he didn't meet my requirements for showing or breeding. But he was an awesome competition dog. The exercises for a Companion Dog Excellent are quite difficult. They include off leash heeling, drop on recall,  flat retrieves and high jump and the dreaded broad jump. A three minute sit stay and five minute down stay with handlers completely out of sight. He frequently was in the ribbons and always tried hard to do the exercises precisely.


    Jedi was a joy to watch. I called him Mr. Intensity. You could see the concentration on his face. Above he was first place in the difficult Open class. Exercises like retrieve, signals and jumping were his forte.


He was just beginning to compete for his utility title when injuries to him and to me prevented further competition in obedience. I was training both he and Merlin in utility at the time and it was sad to bid goodbye to the obedience ring.


Ch Dornlea's Northern Eclipse was going to be my first dual titled dog. A breed championship and an obedience title. He was being campaigned in the breed ring by a professional handler while I trained him in obedience. He finished his championship very quickly and then we started his obedience. Pictured above with his handler. He was my first breed champion.


Merlin was trained all the way to the most advanced title, when we started competing for his first title in obedience. He was only shown once in obedience. His first time out he was a star. He was the most fun to train. Not as precise or as focused as Jedi, Merlin wasn't a serious dog. He was a clown. And, he was very very smart and loved to train. Just two weeks after the win above he died suddenly of SAS (a heart abnomality.) He was three and a half years old. Although he was a gorgeous dog he was never bred. We know where the genetics for the heart problem came from, as his sire (from out of the area) died of the same thing. Therefore that complete line has been excluded from our breeding program.

 Barclay and Punk

     Barclay, Ch Glennroe Cosmic All Star was given to me to help me get over the devastating loss of my special guy Merlin. As Barclay grew I  saw the qualities I thought were valuable and I felt could be passed on to future generations of Boxers. Barclay only sired ten litters. He gave me four litters and a total of four champions. (Two additional champions out of other bitches.) Occasionally Barclay, Cosmo, Carson, Derby and Miles are selectively bred to other bitches. But here at Trifecta we do not breed very often. Punk (right above) Ch Dornlea's Daring Damsel, was the dam of Lola and Derby, a beautiful litter out of Barclay. They now have grand children who are becoming champions and producing champions as well as wonderful companion dogs for families who want a boxer to include in their family.
To date Trifecta has made 10 conformation champions (including 4 homebred)and three advanced titled obedience dogs. Others are competing with Trifecta dogs in obedience, agility and therapy.
Because my foundation was in performance I recognize the absolute necessity for puppies to get appropriate trainng and to enphasize leadership by their owners. One of the biggest complaints of new boxer puppy owners is the difficulty teaching a boxer to come. About two years ago I developed a technique to train babies born here at Trifecta to come. It is proving to be an astounding success in circumventing the tendency for boxers to not want to come when called.



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