Regulations regarding cropping/docking/all forms of cosmetic surgery

 

Please keep in mind that this very brief and general summary of cropping, docking and cosmetic surgery regulations applies to dogs entered in events held in the USA.  This summary is not a replacement for the full text of the FCI's governing regulations.  These regulations are subject to change by the FCI at any time without notice. 

Cropped ears

-Dogs born in a country where ear cropping is not now permitted or was not permitted at the time of the dog's birth may not participate and will not be judged.

-Dogs born in a country where ear cropping is now permitted or was permitted at the time of the dog's birth may participate and will be judged.

Docked tail/removed dewclaws
-Dogs born in a country where tail docking or dewclaw removal is not now permitted or was not permitted at the time of the dog's birth may not participate and will not be judged.

-Dogs born in a country where tail docking or dewclaw removal is now permitted or was permitted at the time of the dog's birth may participate and will be judged.

 Cosmetic surgery
-Without exception, dogs that have been physically altered through any form of cosmetic surgery  such as the removal of third eyelids, etc. are banned from showing and will not be judged.
 
Dogs that are currently eligible to participate in USABOX events inside the USA may or may not be eligible to represent the USA at events held outside of the USA.  The final decision will be determined by the laws of the country in which the events are held and the organization sponsoring said event. Selected countries and organizations follow the above referenced policy while others have a strict ban on any form of physical alteration regardless of whether the procedures are/were legal in the dog's country of birth or country of residence. 
 
 
For those who may be interested in attending conformation events held in Europe, please read the following rules regarding the ATIBOX World Show. Cropped or docked dogs born after 1/1/2013, regardless of birth country/country of residence, may not compete.
Page 3:  http://atibox.pl/ATIBOX-World-Boxer-Show-Regulations.pdf
 
 
 
More information is available from the following resources:
http://www.bk-muenchen.de/zucht/standard-boxer.html
 
http://www.fci.be/circulaires/14-2014-annex-en.pdf
 
http://www.dobermann-review.com/info_library/Misc/Cropping_and_docking/index.php