Busting 5 Common Myths About the White Boxer
The white boxer breed has always been at the heart of controversy among canine breeders. It is unfortunate that they are not considered ideal in the dog breeding arena due to skin allergies. Severe reactions in white boxer's can lead to hearing loss or a susceptibility to skin cancer. Below are a few common myths about the white boxer breed.
1. White Boxers Are a Rare Breed
Nearly 18% Boxer puppies born turn out to be white, and they have been around as long as the Boxer breed has been in existence up to date. Even so, it is a sad fact that many dog breeders euthanize white pups because they don't meet American Boxer Club or American Kennel Club standards. Folks, what if certain humans didn't meet the set standards for homo-sapiens breeding? If so, a lot of us wouldn't be here today.
2. White Boxers Are Albino
Both animal and human albinos are classified as having absolutely no skin pigmentation. Classic traits of an albino are evidenced with having pink eyes and no color to the body at all.
Given this known fact, white boxers are born with a recessive gene that gives off white hair and still retains pigmentation (although very little.) Still, white boxer's should be kept out of the sun because they are sensitive to exposure and burn easily.
4. You Can't Register White Boxers With the AKC
Owners are allowed to register their white boxers to compete in sporting events and obedience training, but association standards dictate that two-thirds of the breed must be brindle or fawn. Given that white boxers do not meet requirements, some boxer breeders feel that they are inferior to the classic fawn-colored boxers.
3. White Boxers Have Multiple Health Concerns
There are some boxers that are born with high-maintenance conditions such as hearing loss or skin allergies. Skin conditions are costly, but oatmeal baths for dogs at your local pet store and special dietary requirements prescribed by a vet can help alleviate concerns.
If a boxer has suffered hearing loss, the dog can be trained to understand hand signals, sign language, or the use of flashlights. In fact, the entire boxer breed is naturally inquisitive and very intelligent.
Given these circumstances, most breeders frown upon breeding practice with a white boxer due to aforesaid health concerns and restrictions placed by the association for a show. The idea of euthanasia does not sit well with most breeders and many would rather spare these pups for family-oriented purposes since they are overall very delightful pets.
5. White Boxers Are a Mean Breed
Can I laugh here? My white boxer "Fiona" is one of the sweetest and gentlest dogs that I've encountered in my life. She's so friendly that she'd run toward a territorial pitbull. She let my adopted, motherless kitten nurse on her without a qualm. Did I mention her loyalty? When she was alive, she never left my side.
One Breed, One Love
There's one thing we can all agree upon. The color of the coat doesn't matter when it comes to the character of the breed itself. Fawn, white, black or brindled - the boxer breed remains true to its intelligent and jovial personality. Loyal to the core, these dogs are the perfect family pet. They are both the guardian sentinel with children and a cozy couch partner on a rainy day.
In lieu of my praise over the character of boxer dogs, I'd like to back-up my point by suggesting an interesting read: , a thought-provoking book written by author Kyla Duffy, whose wonderful, heartwarming stories attest to the beautiful nature of the boxer breed. Lost Souls: Found! Inspiring Stories About Boxers
Despite my obvious bias and love for this particular dog, please remember that no matter the canine breed . . . all dogs are man's best friend.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.— Josh Billings
An Owner's Personal Perspective and Urgent Advice
Miss Fiona was an absolute joy, the light of my life, and my best friend. She had lived for almost seven years. She could have lived longer, but sadly, I had made a terrible choice. I ignored my vet's suggestion to have my dog neutered and ended up paying dearly like so many other dog owners eventually do.
I planned on breeding her with hopes in hopes of obtaining an offspring pup, but in my naive ignorance, I was ill-equipped to know about or prepare for the massive chain of tumors that were growing in her mammaries. If there is one big takeaway from what I've learned from loving this dog it is that you DO NOT wait when it comes to medical treatment.
As soon as you take on a female pup, you must make the decision to breed or not to breed. If you choose not to breed then get the procedure done as soon as possible. You will definitely save yourself a lot of heartache and money in the long run. Of course, this issue goes without saying for any breed of female dog.
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