White boxers are beautiful! White Boxers are NOT albinos. They all have some spots of pigmentation somewhere on the body. White boxers are not rare. Approximately 20 ‐ 25% of the boxers are white due to flashy to flashy boxer breeding. Because white is not a part of the breed standard, breeders used to euthanize perfectly healthy white puppies. The practice is changing and white boxers are placed in homes on a spay/neuter basis more and more.
As you can see in the old photographs of Boxers in Germany, white coloring is in the genetic pool. It is said that the white became a disqualification due to Boxers being used as war dogs.
White boxers are prone to sunburn. A certain amount of deafness is associated with white boxers. This is caused by lack of pigment cell in the inner ear. The genetic basis of deafness in white boxer is the same as in the Dalmatian. The prevalence of deafness in both ears is approximately 5-8%. Up to about 13% can be deaf in one ear. Deafness in one ear generally goes unnoticed by people. Deaf dogs are generally able to lead a perfectly happy life with human and dog companions.
The Truth about White Boxers
- White Boxers are not rare – 20 to 25% of Boxers are born white
- White Boxers are not all or mostly deaf – Approximately 5-8% are deaf in both ears and up to 13% can be deaf in one ear
- White Boxers do not suddenly go deaf – if they are able to hear by 4-6 weeks the chances of them going deaf is the same as any other dogs
- White Boxers are not albinos
- White Boxers are as smart as fawn or brindle counterparts
- Some of the White Boxers do sunburn more easily, just like some Caucasian humans will sunburn more easily – you can use sunscreen to prevent it
- White Boxers are no more prone to blindness than any other Boxers
- White Boxers are no more prone to illness than any other Boxers
- White Boxers are no more aggressive than any other Boxers
- There is no evidence whatsoever that white Boxers are more prone to cancer