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White Boxers

              White Boxers

Upon occasion, the white boxer has been the cause of controversy among breeders and owners. We hope the following information and insight will help dispel any myths that you have heard about the white boxer. They are just like fawns or brindles, they make terrific family pets, they are just super flashy!

Myth: White Boxers are rare.

Fact: White boxers are not rare. Approximately 1 out of 5 of all Boxers are born white. In fact, some of the first foundation dogs for the Boxer breed were white. White Boxers were accepted for registration and breeding by the German club up to 1925. They were banned then because the club viewed the Boxer as a guard dog and whites were unacceptable for that work. Any physical problems believed to be related to the white gene were not found until much later.
Since White Boxers do not conform to the breed standard of the American Boxer Club and the American Kennel Club, it is unethical to breed them

Myth: White Boxers develop more health problems than other Boxers.

Fact: No clinical evidence has been recorded showing the White Boxer at higher risk for health problems. Boxers are prone to a number of health issues including cancer, thyroid problems and cardiomyopathy. These illnesses are distributed across the breed as a whole and there is no evidence that white Boxers are more at risk. The only additional health consideration for the white Boxer is an increased risk of sunburn, as is the case with many white animals.

Myth: White Boxers are deaf and are not trainable.

Fact: There is a higher incidence of deafness in white boxers, approximately 18% of whites, however that means not all are deaf. It is known that deafness results when the cells of the skin lining the ear canals lack pigment.

Deaf Boxers can be trained using a variety of methods including hand signals, sign language, flashlights and more. Training any Boxer, hearing or deaf, requires time, patience and understanding. http://www.deafdogs.org/

Myth: White Boxers are albinos.

Fact: White Boxers are not albinos. Albino dogs do not have any pigment. White Boxers are simply born with white hair.

Myth: White Boxers act differently then their colored counterparts.

Fact:   Coat color on a Boxer does not affect a Boxer's personality. White Boxers exhibit the same characteristics as fawns and brindles.

Myth: White Boxers cannot be registered.

Fact: White Boxers can have a limited registry with the American Kennel Club. However, they can not be shown in the conformation ring, but they can be shown in obedience and agility.

 

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