Q: Are white boxers rare?
A: White boxers are not rare. According to the American Boxer Club, white boxers make up 25% of all boxers born to parents with white markings. Since there are many flashy boxers in the US, many white boxers are born every year.
Q: Are white boxers a recent development in the breed?
A: White boxers have been around as long as boxers have, and though it is not considered appropriate to breed them today, they were even included in early German boxer breeding programs. It wasn’t until 1925 when the use of white boxers for breeding was banned in Germany due to the fact that white dogs are more visible and, therefore, less suitable for guard work.
Q: Are white boxers albino?
A: No. Albinos completely lack pigment in their skin, hair, or eyes. White boxers have mostly unpigmented fur, but they typically have dark noses, dark eyes, and patches of pigmented skin under their fur. White boxers are not the result of any genetic birth defect; they are genetically normal dogs who have white fur.
Q: Are white boxers deaf?
A: White boxers are more likely to be born deaf than are fawn or brindle boxers, but even still, the majority of white boxers can hear. There are no definitive figures regarding the incidence of deafness in white boxers. However, geneticist Bruce Cattanach conjectures that because the mechanism for deafness in white boxers and Dalmatians is the same, the incidence of bilateral deafness in white boxers is probably similar to that in Dalmatians – around 8% in the US. White boxers are not more likely to develop deafness later in life than are fawn or brindle boxers.
Q: Do white boxers have special health considerations?
A: Some people claim that white boxers have a higher risk of developing cancer than do fawn or brindle boxers, but this has never been proven to be true. White boxers, do, however, sunburn more easily, and sun exposure can contribute to skin cancer. Using doggie sunscreen, putting a t-shirt on your white boxer, and, of course, limiting sun exposure during the midday can help reduce their risk of sunburn.
Q: Do white boxers behave differently than colored boxers?
A: White boxers are exactly the same in temperament as their fawn and brindle siblings.
Q: Can white boxers be registered with the AKC?
A: While the AKC does not recognize the use of white boxers for breeding, they do offer an American Kennel Club Limited Registration and will assign the dog an AKC number for use in performance events, such as obedience and agility. Any puppies produced by a dog with a limited registration will be denied registration by the AKC.