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White Boxers


The

MYTHS

and the

TRUTHS


   

Quite often, we have white boxers in rescue looking for a new home so we thought that we would attempt to dispel some of the

   

myths and ideas

that people do seem to have about them.


 

 

Many boxer breeders over-look white puppies as they feel that the ideal boxer should be red or brindle with symmetrical white

   

markings on the

face and legs and that anything over 25% of white on the body is unacceptable.


They forget that white puppies are still boxers!


 

  

The majority of boxer litters usually contain one or more white puppies, especially if the sire & dam are both flashy, that is with

    

white markings

on the face, legs and chest.


 

  

Some breeders do not wish to rear these puppies so they are quite often put to sleep as soon as they are born.


   

White boxer puppies can still find loving and caring homes like the red or brindle puppies as they are, after all, still a boxer dog

   

despite their colouring.


 

 

We hear the same old stories that if you have a white boxer he will be deaf, blind or die early.


 

 

One person actually said that they had been told white boxers were born with webbed feet!


 

 

It is fair to say that of all the white boxers that are born, 18% are born deaf, maybe in one or both ears but they can be trained

   

and with a little love and patience do grow up to lead happy, contented lives just like any other boxer dog.


 

 

Unfortunately, the white Boxer has been the cause of much controversy among breeders and owners for quite some time but

   

hopefully, the

information below will help you to decide.



   

In 1895, one of the first Boxers was .....

WHITE CH BLANCA VON ABGERTOR




    THE MYTH IS:

                          

    

White boxers are rare.


    ... AND THE TRUTH IS:

    

Approximately 25% of all boxers are born white. In fact, some of the first foundation

dogs for

the

boxer breed were white but

    

since white boxers do not conform to the breed standard of

the UK Boxer Club or the Kennel Club, many are still put

down at

    

birth.




    THE MYTH IS:

         

     

White boxers develop more health problems and are sicker than other boxers.


     ... AND THE TRUTH

IS:

       

    

Because a boxer is white does not mean that it is going to be unhealthy and no clinical evidence has

ever been recorded that

    

shows the white boxer to be at a higher risk for health problems.




    THE MYTH IS:

         

    

All white boxers are deaf and are not trainable.


    ... AND THE TRUTH IS:

        

    

Although there is a higher incidence of deafness when a boxer is white (approximately 18%), not all

are deaf but any deaf boxer

    

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.





    THE MYTH IS:

          

    

White boxers are

"

mean

"

.


    ... AND THE TRUTH IS:          

    

White boxers are not

"

mean

"

. The colour of a boxer does not affect a boxer's personality or temperament and white boxers

    

exhibit the same endearing personality and traits as their darker counterparts.




    THE MYTH IS:

          

    

White boxers are albinos.


    ... AND THE TRUTH IS:

         

    

White boxers are not albinos. They are simply normal boxers that are born with white hair.




    THE MYTH IS:

          

    

White boxers cannot be registered.


     ... AND THE TRUTH IS:

         

    

White boxers can be registered with the Kennel Club but although they cannot be shown in the show

ring, they can be worked

    

in obedience classes and, like any boxer, they love to do agility.





    THE LATEST NEWS REGARDING THE WHITE BOXER IS:        

    

White boxers are now being shown inEurope due to the German Boxer Club changing their standard now allowing white boxer

   

classes at their Breed and Championship shows.


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