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. I often see
Boxer breeders mention they have “rare” White Boxers and this could not be further
from the truth.
Although the color of the Boxer does not determine the 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 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 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 any Boxers are. The White Boxer is produced by breeding a flashy Male and a
flashy Female together.
Crossing the two genes together creates 25% of the litter to be white.
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 AKC and compete in sporting events.
One main issue when considering a White Boxer is of health concern. Contrary to popular belief NO clear evidence has been
presented showing the White Boxer to be more susceptible to diseases. The one area of health, which occurs in the White Boxer, is
deafness. The cause of deafness associated with the white color is the absence of pigment cells in the inner ear resulting in a loss of
sensory hair cells at about 5-6 weeks of age. The shortage of pigment cells is also the cause of the white coat. Generally speaking,
the more pigment in the coat the lower the risk of deafness.
There are many White Boxers resources available online by searching for “White Boxer” in any popular search engine.
Due to inconsistencies about the Boxer, I urge you to find a variety of resources before determining if the White Boxer
is for your family.
The main point to remember is that a White Boxer is still a Boxer and can provide an
overwhelming amount of love and companionship to your family.
Kay's Hilltop Boxers