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Busting 5 Common Myths About the White Boxer Dog

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The author is a proud parent of a Boston Terrier. She enjoys sharing her knowledge on various researched topics on the canine world.

The white boxer dog has been a target of controversy among canine breeders for years. It’s an unfortunate circumstance that the breeding arena doesn’t recognize the this particular dog as competitive because of skin allergies. Severe reactions in the animal can lead to hearing loss or susceptibility to skin cancer. Below are 5 common myths about the this type of breed.

An adorable white boxer puppy.

An adorable white boxer puppy.

1. Are White Boxers a Rare Breed?

Not Really

18% Boxer puppies born turn out to be white, and they have been around as long as the breed has existed. 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 fit the set standards for homo-sapiens breeding? If so, a lot of us wouldn’t be here today.

A young adult white boxer. This is a picture of a supposed wrong colored "white" German boxer from a German registered breeder.

A young adult white boxer. This is a picture of a supposed wrong colored "white" German boxer from a German registered breeder.

2. Are White Boxers Albino?


Medical science classifies animal and human albinos as having no skin pigmentation. The classic traits of an albinism are noticeable by 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 keeps pigmentation (although very little.) Owners of white boxers should monitor the time they expose their pets to sunshine because of tendency to sun burns.

4. Why Aren't White Boxers Allowed to Register With the AKC?

Somewhat False

Owners may 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 these dogs do not meet requirements, some breeders feel that they are inferior to the classic fawn-colored boxers.

White Boxer in docile relaxed state.

White Boxer in docile relaxed state.

3. Do White Boxers Have Too Many Health Concerns?

Somewhat True

Some white boxers 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 ease concerns.

If the pet suffers from hearing loss, we can train them to understand hand signals, sign language, or the use of flashlights since they are intelligent and curious by nature.

Given these circumstances, most breeders frown upon breeding practice with a white boxer because of health concerns mentioned above 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.

Adult Male White Boxer Dog

Adult Male White Boxer Dog

5. Are White Boxers a Mean Breed?

Not True

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 doubt. Did I mention her loyalty? When she was alive, she never left my side.

One Boxer Breed, One Love

There’s one thing we can all agree. The color of the coat doesn’t matter with the character of the breed itself. Fawn, white, black or speckled - 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 place of my praise over their character, I’d like to back up my point by suggesting a book I’ve read myself, a definite keeper on my bookshelf:Lost Souls: Found! Inspiring Stories About Boxers, a thought-provoking book written by author Kyla Duffy, whose wonderful, heartwarming and incredible stories attest to the beautiful nature of the boxer.

Despite my obvious bias and love for this 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

White Boxer dog provides comedy relief.

White Boxer dog provides comedy relief.

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 I made a terrible choice and ignored my vet’s suggestion to have my dog neutered and ended up paying.

I planned on breeding her, hoping to get an offspring pup, but in my naïve ignorance, I was ill-equipped to know about or prepare for the massive chain of tumors that were growing in her mammaries. I’ve learned a lot from loving this dog. For me, the big takeaway was that you DO NOT wait for medical treatment.

As soon as you take on a female pup, you must decide to breed or not to breed. If you choose not to breed, then get the procedure done as soon as possible. You will save yourself a lot of heartache and money in the long run. Of course, this issue goes without saying for any classification of female dogs.

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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