Dog Fancy Magazine Interview with Rick Tomita
How long has the Boxer been a part of your life?
I grew up with a fawn Boxer named “Cleo”, who was not only our beloved pet but also our babysitter, watchdog and my best friend. I knew back then that when I grew up, I wanted to own more than one Boxer. I really had no intention of having as many as I do today.
As an adult, when did you acquire your first Boxer?
When I moved to New Jersey in 1968, I Immediately purchased three Boxer puppies,
sired by the famous local dominant Boxer, Ch. Eldic’s Landlord. They basically were
to act as our watchdogs for our antique business, which consisted of clocks, music
boxes and coin-
Do you feel that Boxers make good watchdogs?
Yes, they are quite alert and have that menacing look although they are extremely friendly and would always invite our visitors (friends and clients) into our house.
When did you start breeding Boxers?
We were encouraged by the breeders of our first bitch, Jacquet’s Satie who was beautifully
bred with a wonderful temperament and I suppose the idea got planted in my head somewhat
coincidentally. One day a stranger knocked on the door (of our NJ house) and told
me that she was ready for another Boxer puppy, having just lost her last one. I
was taken aback and asked her, “How do you know I have Boxers?” She informed me
that she purchased her last boxer from this address. When I investigated further,
I learned that the old kennel and cement slabs in my backyard were once a part of
a thriving show kennel owned by the late AKC judge Thomas Solles. So, to answer
your question, our first litter was a co-
What is a “flyer?”
A “flyer” is that special puppy who seems to have it all – conformation, personality, showmanship and a sweet expression. Micah indeed was promising, having finished within just six weeks of showing, which I thought was the norm at that time. Sadly, he was hit by a car, cutting short his burgeoning career as a special and dominant stud dog. Fortunately, we had a younger brother, Ch. Jacquet’s Zephan (SOM), a repeat breeding, who filled that awful void of sadness and laid the foundation for almost all of our champions. We resurrected the shell of the old Solles Boxer kennel in the back after our second litter. Shortly thereafter, my kennel and breeding program took off, keeping me home and off to dog shows on weekends.
Thus began Jacquet Boxers?
Yes, and soon J-
When did you move the kennel and business to your current location?
We moved Jacquet Boxers and J-
What brings you the most satisfaction in your breeding program?
I get the most satisfaction and happiness breeding and whelping, always hoping for
that special “flyer.” Some of our puppies have gone on to a notable specials career
here in the US and abroad. I also get great satisfaction from the many wonderful
pets that have gone to good homes creating lasting friendships that have transpired
through this, and the ever-
Is that a record in the American Boxer world?
Yes it is and we’ve won the American Boxer Club’s annual award 25 times for “Breeder of the Year” and 19 times for “Kennel Making the Most Champions.”
Have the Jacquet Boxers established themselves overseas as well?
In addition to over 250 AKC champions, we have produced some 500 international champions
worldwide. We have exported top dogs to many countries around the world, helping
to establish the Boxer in those places. Among the countries to which Jacquet has
sent Boxers to include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, India, the Philippines,
Taiwan, and of course Japan, where we sent top sires like Jacquet’s Novarese (SOM),
Ch. Jacquet’s Bravo of Goldfield (SOM), Ch. Jacquet’s Destno El Encant, and Ch. Jacquet’s
Urko (SOM), and many others. Of course, you can read more about these dogs and all
of these countries and our many champions in my very comprehensive book, The World
of the Boxer, which was published in 1997 by T.F.H. Publications and has gone on
to be their best-
Can you describe your breeding philosophy?
I learned the concept of line breeding from three legendary breeder-
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