Ben & Shirley DeBoer
Shirley acquired her first Boxer in 1947 while working as a vet tech. Shirley became an all-breed professional handler in 1949 after a two-year apprenticeship. She met Ben in 1950 and they married in 1953. They began actively breeding under the Scher-Khoun name in 1957. With several other breeders they participated in founding the Boxer Club of Canada, of which Ben is a past president. Ben started the Canadian Legion of Merit. They have authored many articles on breeding, judging, handling and showing in Dogs in Canada, Boxer Review, Boxer International and did the Boxer column for Dogs in Canada. The DeBoers are also well-known for their handling and breeding seminars. They are the breeders of over 25 Canadian champions (1974). Eight of their breeding finished in the United States (5 by Fashion Hint and 3 by Shadrack). Ben and Shirley were well-respected handlers, finishing many Boxers in Canada and the US.
Ben has judged world wide – Canada, USA, England, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Philippines – and is approved for Sporting, Hound, Herding and Working groups. He judged the ABC Futurity in 1974. Grand Futurity was Moss Wood’s Ontario (6-9 BD CH) – a Shadrack son – and Best Junior Donfarals’s Vanity Fair. Ben judged ABC in 1991 finding his BOB in CH Kiebla’s Tradition of Turo D97 and awarded BOS to ICH Fiero’s Tally-Ho Tailo S91 LOM. Shirley judged the Top Twenty in 1993 with CH Moonvalley Main Attraction S91 getting the nod. Ben did the Top 20 in 1999 with CH Storybook’s Rip It Up S01 LOM winning.
Ben & Shirley obtained their foundation bitch from a friend who had purchased a lovely bitch, Canyonaire’s Teacher’s Pet, which was handled by Shirley to her Canadian championship. This daughter of littermates CH Canyonaire’s Hickory Dick CD S53 (S55C) and CH Canyonaire’s Honey Chile D54 was bred to CH Captain Lookout of Thorhall S57 (S58C). All three of these producers were back massed on the Big 4 foundation sires. The DeBoer’s foundation bitch, CCH Tagwood’s Bronze Silhouette, was from this breeding. Bred to CH Canyonair’s Man on Fire S72 (a Hickory Dick son out of a Bang Away daughter.) she produced CCH Scher-Khoun’s Fire Imp.
CCH Fireside Chat of Blossomlea (by CH Jered’s Spellbinder S56 (S57C) out of a Bang Away daughter) was bred to a Bang Away son and produced CCH Standfast of Blossomlea S54C. Fireside Chat bred to CH Salgray’s Flying High S71 LOM (S67C) produced CCH Backchat of Blossomlea II LOMC, also owned by Ben and Shirley. Backchat was bred to Fashion Hint and produced three American/Canadian champions including CH Scher-Khoun’s Coquette (D74C LOMC) the 1969 ABC WB from the puppy class under Alice Wood.
Fire Imp, bred to CCH Standfast of Blossomlea S54C, produced CCH Scher-Khoun’s Apricot Brandy. Brandy was bred back to her sire to produce CCH Scher-Khoun’s Carousel, dam of ACC Scher-Khoun’s Shadrack S72 LOM S70C LOMC, ACC Scher-Khoun’s Syncopation and ACC Scher-Khoun’s Abednego S74 LOM. In 1968 Shirley handled ACC Millan’s Fashion Hint S71 LOM to Winners Dog at ABC (Larry Downey, his regular handler, had other commitments). Fashion Hint was the sire of Shadrack & Syncopation, Shadrack being his first producer.
Shadrack topped the ABC Open Brindle class on his first appearance in 1969. He won 16 specialties in the US including ABC and the Regional. In 1971 Shadrack was BOS at ABC to CH Nadora’s Black Lace under judge Langdon Skarda. Shadrack’s son, Meshack (out of his litter sister Syncopation), was BOW the same year. Shadrack was the top winning Boxer in Canada (‘69, ‘70). The next year (1972) he went BOB under Larry Downey. He won the Regional in San Diego from the Veterans class in 1973 under Donald Starkweather.
Shadrack eventually produced over 120 champions, including 83 Canadian and 42 American. He also produced 6 sires and one dam of merit. ACC Scher-Khoun’s Abednego S74, ACC Scher-Khoun’s Meshack S73, ACC Aracrest’s Jered S75, ACC Aracrest’s Kaylib S76, CCH Donessle’s Miss Fancy D76, ACC Mephisto’s Soldier of Fortune S80, Indian Bends Maria D80, Ch. Arriba’s Zechin D81, Ch. Omega’s Rockfire S83.
ACC Scher-Khoun’s Meshack S73 (S74C LOMC) (Shadrack X Syncopation) is the sire of 20 American and 32 Canadian champions. The American champions included 8 out of CH Holly Lane’s Windstorm D72 LOM – the all-time top producing American Bred dam. She is also the dam of his three producers – CH Holly Lane’s Winter Storm S80, CH Holly Lane’s Winter Fantasy D78, CH Holly Lane’s Diamond Replay S78.
ACC Scher-Khoun’s Abednego S74 LOM is by Shadrack out of Shadrack’s dam, CCH Scher-Khoun’s Carousel. He is the sire of 23 champions, 3 SOM –Ch. Vek-Kel’s Big Ben S79, Hollycrest’s Little Bit CD D80, Ch. Benjoman of 5 T’s S81 LOM, Ch. Notelrac’s Major Beau S81.
Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego sired over 200 Canadian & American champions, including 23 Canadian and 12 American sires and dams of merit. The Canadian Legion of Merit Boxers include:
Backchat of Blossomlea II DOMC LOMC
CCH Scher-Khoun’s Autumn Concerto D75 DOMC LOMC
Scher-Khoun’s Carbon Copy D82 DOMC LOMC
ACC Scher-Khoun’s Couquette D74 DOMC LOMC
CCH Scher-Khoun’s Dark Rhapsody D80 DOMC LOMC
ICH Scher-Khoun’s Meshack S74 SOMC LOMC
ICH Scher-Khoun’s Shadrack S70 SOMC LOMC
Ben has judged world wide – Canada, USA, England, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Philippines – and is approved for Sporting, Hound, Herding and Working groups. He judged the ABC Futurity in 1974. Grand Futurity was Moss Wood’s Ontario (6-9 BD-CH) – a Shadrack son – and Best Junior Donfarals’s Vanity Fair. Ben judged ABC in 1991 finding his BOB in Ch. Kiebla’s Tradition of Turo D97 and awarded BOS to Int. Ch. Fiero’s Tally-Ho Tailo S91 LOM. Shirley judged the Top Twenty in 1993 (Ch. Moonvalley Main Attraction S91).