White Boxer Dogs: The Facts And The Fiction

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White boxer dogs are much covered in publications about the breed in general and also plenty of individual articles available. There are many reasons for this but one of the most common is the sheer lack of acceptance of white boxer dogs in the dog breeding community.

Many boxer dog breeders do not keep white puppies or dogs as a result of the health problems that are associated with them or indeed the fact that they are not allowed to enter shows or even be registered with the Kennel Clubs around the world. They are simply not accepted, and yet they are by no means rare.

It is a common misconception that white boxers are rare, but in actual fact around 20 to 25% of all boxer puppies born every year are considered to be white. They are not actually albino dogs but instead have a coat that is at least a third white. As such, they could actually have up to two thirds fawn or brindle fur and still be considered white. Although there are a few completely white boxers out there, the majority just have excessive white fur in addition to the brindle and fawn fur that is commonly associated with the boxer. Non-experts in the breed often miss this contradiction but it is important to note it in order to understand that there are far more around than you may think.

The excessive white fur of the boxer dog is a result of a particular gene known as the extreme piebald gene. This gene not only promotes the presence of white boxers but also promotes illness and overriding health problems in them. The gene is passed from mother to puppy and cannot be controlled. An accepted boxer dog could have several white boxers and several fawn boxers, for example, in the same litter.

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In years gone by, breeders may have put the white boxers to sleep but very few still follow that course of action. Instead, white boxers tend to be rehomed with the new owners signing agreements to neuter or spay the dog as soon as possible, meaning that they will not be able to pass the gene on. Despite that, it is difficult to identify and control the gene, which is why so many are born each year. As they do not conform to breeding standards, they cannot be registered with any Kennel Club and cannot be used for breeding. However, many do actually take part in obedience shows and various other similar activities.

There is a lot written about the health concerns of white boxer dogs in general, and it is true that they have more health concerns than their fawn and brindle counterparts. They all stem from the extreme piebald gene. For example, their fairer fur leaves them prone to sunburn and thus skin cancer as well. Many white boxers also tend to be deaf. Contrary to reported figures, boxer associations tend to assert that there are more white boxer dogs with partial deafness, deafness in one ear or complete deafness than published studies show. As a result white boxer dogs can be difficult to train, but the traits associated with the breed on the whole tend to alleviate this somewhat as they are so eager to please!

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