History of Virgo Boxers
The kennel name of Virgo is a combination of the names of VIRGinia and Owen Proctor who purchased their first Boxer, Princess Cindee of Irwin, in Waco, Texas a few weeks after their marriage in 1958.
The Proctors traveled extensively the first years of their marriage until Owen retired from the U. S. Air Force in 1979. In fact, Princess Cindee, a plain, black face fawn bitch, passed away in England in 1972 at 13 years, 10 months of age. In addition to raising one litter of Boxers, Cindee was superb in her role of raising the Proctor’s two legged son and daughter.
After returning to the U. S. in late 1974, the Proctors purchased a flashy fawn bitch from Amy Ackland of Dallas, Texas. Amy was a well known breeder of Canadian and American champion Boxers who later became a licensed AKC (American Kennel Club) judge.
Virgo’s Pooh Cocoa was the first Virgo show dog and foundation bitch who passed away at 13 years, 4 months after whelping and raising three litters, the most noteable of which was sired by American/Canadian CH Von Schorer’s Moon Shadow, SOM (American Boxer Club Sire of Merit).
Other outstanding sires who played key roles in the development of the present day Virgos are American/
Canadian CH Moss Wood’s Zinger Zapper, SOM; American CH Merrilane’s Knockout, SOM; and American CH
Shieldmont’s Let’s Make a Deal, SOM.
Another extremely important event in the evolution of Virgo Boxers was the acquistion of CH Merrilane’s
Lookout (a Knockout daughter) from Eleanor Linderholm-Wood in May of 1988 who was awarded reserve winners bitch at the American Boxer Club (ABC) national specialty show the day after her purchase.
While the Proctors have bred and raised numerous AKC champions, the most noteable has been American CH Virgo’s Market Boomer, SOM. During the three years that Boomer was nationally campaigned, he was always one of the top three Boxers in the U. S. A. breed standings and one of the top 20 in the U. S. A. working group standings. During his career, Boomer won more than 150 Best of Breed competitions, over 100 group placements
(47 group firsts), six all-breed best in shows, and ten speciality best in shows.
Boomer, who passed away at ten and a half years old, has sired 28 AKC champions and one Canadian champion get.
Boomer’s daughter, CH Virgo’s Celebration, was grand prize winner at the 1995 American Boxer Club’s
Futurity Sweepstake competition and was reserve winners bitch at the ABC National Specialty Show two days later. Also, one of Boomer’s sons, CH Virgo’s Vindication, finished his AKC championship at ten months
of age with three major wins.
To date, the Proctors have bred and raised two American Boxer Club dams of merit (DOM), CH Virgo’s
Moon Zapper, DOM and CH Virgo’s Destiny, DOM.
Boomer is on the left and Ch Virgo's Destiny (Tanzi) is on the right.
Tanzi is a Dam of Merit as she is the mother of seven of Boomer's champion get.
In addition to correctly proportioned heads, of utmost importance to the Virgo Boxer breeding program are smooth, straight top lines, long elegant necks, strong well angulated fronts and rears, dark haws and show spirit.