White Boxers

 

The Truth About White Boxers !

The white boxer now makes up 25% of all boxers within the United States and there are still many misconceptions about this color of boxer. it is thought that white boxers are deaf or blind, but actually the percentage of white boxers being born deaf or blind is very low, it has been said that only 20% of all white boxers are deaf or blind.  An easy basic test can be performed when the pups are 4 weeks of age . A deaf puppy will not  hear a loud noise ( banging pots and pans) and subsequently does not react the same as a puppy that can hear, infact they will not flinch at all. Puppies who are born blind tend to walk along the base of cabinets and walls, or run into objects on a regular basis and may not run along side there littermates with the same confidence as others.
  White boxers are not rare , they are produced from a breeding of a flashy parent to a flashy parent that carries the white gene.  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 other Boxers 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 the AKC and compete in sporting events. There has been some debate of late 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 conform to the breeds' original intention, even if the breed is not used for working in today's society.