Boxers are not caused
by genetic birth defects. Just as human hair
color is the product of the combined genetics of the human parents so
the color of a Boxer's coat a product of the
genetics contributed by both the father and mother. The exclusively
is created when both the mother and father
are carriers of the gene that makes up the white coat and the offspring
the white coat gene from both the father and
the mother. In every way the puppy is the same as all of it's siblings,
all the energy, personality, and spirit that
make them boxers.
Boxers are not albinos. Albinos completely lack pigment. This is
evidenced by pink eyes, and a complete lack
of color anywhere on the body. Most white
boxers have some spots on their skin (which can be seen due to their
coats) and have some markings around their
nose and mouth. Some white boxers have colored markings in their coat
around an eye or on the back etc). All white
boxers have pigment in their eyes, this alone rules out albinism as the
of their whiteness.
twenty to twenty-five percent (and this is an estimation as exact
records have not been maintained) of
all Boxer puppies are either white or almost
all white, making white puppies neither 'rare' nor 'unusual.'" Since the
coat color is recessive, both parents need to
be a carriers of the gene that creates white offspring. The boxer breed
stipulates that two-thirds of the body be
either fawn or brindle in color. Because of this limitation, white
boxers do not
meet the breed standard and are therefore
frequently euthinized at birth. Many breeders feel that white Boxers are
to standard colored Boxers and have more
health problems that standard colored boxers and therefore this genocide
dismissed. White Boxers are allowed to be
registered on limited privilege.
problem is that many local breed clubs have a philosophy and still have
by-laws calling for the euthinization
of any white offspring. It is for this reason
that there is much controversy over white Boxers with no end in site.
a positive sign though that an increasing
number of breeders are electing to place their non-standard boxers in
rather than destroying them. It is for the
same reason that there is inadequate research to either substantiate or
the claims that white Boxers are more prone
to problems than standard boxers. The only claims that seem to have
merit is that
white Boxers are more likely to sunburn and
white Boxers (like many other breeds with similar loss of pigment
more prone to deafness in one or both ears.
Neither of these reasons provides a compelling argument for the
of these animals.
increasing number of breeders placing these
dogs in pet homes, we can finally establish some substantial research
White Boxers are rare.
- 25% of
all Boxers are born white. In fact, some of
the first foundation dogs for the Boxer breed were white. Since White
not conform to the breed standard, many are
euthanized by breeders (for example: many stud owners make the dam
sign a contract that all whites will be put
down at birth, before they will agree to breed and many breeders just
it upon themselves to put down white pups at
As a matter of fact because of putting the label off "RARE"
on these white boxers, unscrupulous breeders,
backyard breeders and puppy millers, and even some pet stores bill them
as such and add a hefty price tag!
White Boxers develop more health
problems and are sicker than other Boxers.
a Boxer is white does not
mean that it is going to be unhealthy. No
clinical evidence has been recorded showing the White Boxer at higher
risk for health
problems. Many whites are born without
problems and stay trouble-free for the duration of their lives. In most
ways these angels aren't much different than
the other puppies in their litters. When problems do occur, they can
non-whites as well, but due to this seeming
to have been less interesting to acknowledge in the past, it is
difficult to find
clear statistics about the white/nonwhite
All White Boxers are deaf and are
there is a higher incidence
of deafness when a Boxer is white
(approximately 18% of whites), not all are deaf. Deaf Boxers can be
trained using a variety
of methods including hand signals, sign
language, flashlights and more. Training any Boxer, hearing or deaf,
patience and understanding.
White Boxers are "mean".
Boxers are not "mean". Coat
color on a Boxer does not affect a Boxer's
personality. White Boxers exhibit the same endearing personality traits
White Boxers are albinos.
White Boxers are not albinos. Albino
dogs do not have any pigment. White Boxers are simply born with white hair.
White Boxers cannot be registered.
Boxers can be registered
on limited privilege with the Kennel Club.
However, they cannot be shown in the conformation ring, but they can be
in obedience. It has been said that, if they
were bred, they might simply "spoil the color markings" that people had
so hard to develop. The answer is not quite
There is so much more to the question of breeding whites.
If you do not have the experience and knowledge as a breeder and are looking just to breed your boxer once
because " it's so cute those little puppies" the answer is quite simple...Don't breed a white boxer....
is a lot of information
about white boxers on the net, good and
not-so-good. Use compassion and common sense when reviewing this issue.
a breeder of this wonderful
breed i have among my 6 adults, one white one
called Ghost (see pictures of him on this site), he is a crazy loveable
he's is build according to the breed
standards, has no health and/or hearing problems whatsoever and because
it's a big No
No among breeders to say that you have white
ones means that I have to hide this very nice looking dog? I don't
so!!!!!! I will not put puppies down simple
for the fact that they have the wrong color!!!!!
thanks to all the boxer owners and breeders
of the "Blije Boxerforum" for letting me use their pictures of the white
Most of the pics on this site, are showing
white boxers from europe and that's why most of the boxers have a tail
in europe there is a non-cropping and
non-docking law, i prefer the natural hanging ears, leave the declaws on
and since the
new regulation in Nova Scotia in regards of
non-docking my puppies also come with tail!*******