White Boxers: The Myths
and the Facts!
Unfortunately, the White Boxer has been the cause of much
controversy among breeders and owners for quite some time. We hope
the information in this brief article will help dispel any myths that you have
heard about the White Boxer.
White Boxers are rare.
Approximately 25% of all Boxers are born white. In fact, some of the first
foundation dogs for the Boxer breed were white. Since White Boxers do not
conform to the breed standard of the American Boxer Club and the American Kennel
Club, many are euthanized by breeders.
White Boxers develop more health problems and are sicker than other Boxers.
Because a Boxer is white does not mean that it is going to be unhealthy. No
clinical evidence has been recorded showing the White Boxer at higher risk for
All White Boxers are deaf and are not trainable.
Although there is a higher incidence of deafness when a Boxer is white
(approximately 18% of whites), not all are deaf. 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
White Boxers are "mean".
White Boxers are not "mean". Coat color on a Boxer does not affect a Boxer's
personality. White Boxers exhibit the same endearing personality traits as their
White Boxers are albinos.
White Boxers are not albinos. Albino dogs do not have any pigment. White Boxers
are simply born with white hair.
White Boxers cannot be registered.
White Boxers can be registered with the American Kennel Club. However, they can
not been shown in the conformation ring, but they can be shown in obedience.
Northeastern Boxer Rescue thanks Caroline
Woods for writing and contributing this article.