The Truth Behind the White Boxer
white Boxer now makes up 25% of all Boxers within the United States and
there are still many MISCONCEPTIONS about this color of
Boxer. When viewing the classified ads of the local paper I see at
least one breeder of Boxer puppies that mentions that they have "rare"
white Boxers. This article was written to educate potential Boxer
owners about the white Boxer.
Although the color of a Boxer does not determine its' individual personality or all those Boxer traits we love, much has been published about the White boxer. In many cases they are listed as "rare", but the fact is that they have been a part of the breed as long as the Boxer breed has been around. Although theories differ on how the white gene was introduced, many believe it is due to the early cross breeding with the English Bulldog, although the White Boxer existed before the time the breeds were mixed. Originally the Boxer is believed to have been white in color and could be registered in Germany until 1925.
A problem arose with the white color due to the Boxer being used as a police dog. Naturally the white color compromised the breeds ability to not be seen at night. In 1925 the white Boxer was no longer eligible for registration in Germany to help rule out the white gene. This led to many breeders KILLING any puppies of the white color and is where a lot of debate about the white boxer begins.
Many people today believe that the white Boxer is an albino, which it is NOT. An albino is an animal that has no pigment whereas the white Boxer's coat is simply white and the animal does not lack pigment. For this reason the white Boxer is NOT more susceptible to diseases that occur within albino animals than Boxer are.
The white Boxer is not recognized in the show arena today. According to the AKC Guidelines a Boxer may be a color of fawn or brindle with white markings. Any boxer with more than 1/3 of their body containing white markings is a disqualification. Although the white Boxer may not be shown, it can be registered with AKC and compete in sporting events. There has been some debate in regards to if the white Boxer should be allowed to show. When discussing this issue the main point to remember is that a show animal should confirm to the breed's original intention, even if the breed is not used for working in today's society.
One main issue when considering a white boxer is of health concern. Contrary to popular belief NO clear evidence has been presented showing the white Boxer to be more susceptible to diseases. The one area of health, which occurs in the white Boxer, is deafness. This can be a major obstacle, but one that can be handled and by no means should discourage one from choosing a white Boxer.
There are many white Boxer resources available online by searching for "white boxer" in any popular search engine. Due to inconsistencies about the Boxer I urge you to find a variety of resources before determining if the white Boxer is for your family. The main point to remember about the white Boxer is that they are still a Boxer and can provide an overwhelming amount of love and caring to their family.
Thank you, Tracy Joubert