Dog Breed Facts White Boxer

Contrary to popular belief, the white Boxer is not a fault in colouring. The beginning of the breed started out predominantly white. Boxer dogs shown in Germany in 1896 shown by Boxer fanciers at the first Deutscher Boxer Club, show that many of the Boxer dogs exhibited where white.

Today, the white Boxer is generally culled at birth because it is often thought to be weak, prone to health issues, will not live a normal life, and can not be exhibited in the dog conformation show ring.

Why did the culling of white Boxers happen?

The Boxer was bred for bear baiting. The colour of these dogs was of little importance at this stage. Then, the boxer was brought into service as a message runner during World War 1. Even on a dark night, a white dog streaking across the field is easily noticed, and would be ‘picked off’ by the enemy.

Rather than lose valuable dogs, and have these messages fall into the wrong hands, colour was introduced into the breed to make them blend into the background.

As food was rationed to working dogs only, those who could not work (white or predominantly white dogs) were not allocated any food. To stop them from starving to death, breeders culled all white puppies at birth.

What makes a white boxer different?

A white boxer really is no different than a coloured boxer. They still have all of the Boxer traits. The body and build of the white Boxer has changed little over the years, due to them not being accepted in the breed show standard, therefore not really bred from.

They are no more, or no less pure than other Boxers, but due to their colouring, are not yet accepted for the conformation show ring. (The Boxer dog breed standard states that any Boxer that is more than one third white is not eligible for registration as a pure-bred*).

Is the white Boxer more difficult to care for than a coloured Boxer?

The white Boxer is no different to care for than any other dog. They require a balanced diet, clean water, exercise, training and love. The only real difference is that the white boxer is prone to sunburn.

Because of this, there is the need to keep them indoors during hot days, even if there is plenty of shade available in their yard, as they love to sunbathe.

The most common place for white boxers to get sun burned is on the eyelids (most white boxers have pink eyelids), the bridge of the nose, tips of the ears, and on their belly.

Rather than trying to smother the dog with sunscreen, keep them inside during the hottest part of the day.

Having owned many Boxer dogs, both white and coloured, and had white puppies born, I can say that the white Boxer differs little from the coloured dogs.

White puppies tend to have a higher birth weight than their coloured brothers and sisters, but other than that, the only real difference is that, as puppies, it is much easier to see if they are dirty or not!

They are a fantastic dog, brilliant with children and families of all ages, very trainable, courageous, protective and loveable. You just can’t go past a white Boxer!

*See Boxer breed standard, where it states: Faults: Colour: Boxers with white or black ground colour, or entirely white or black or any other colour than fawn or brindle.
(White markings are allowed but must not exceed one third (1/3) of the ground colour.)

AKC – Disqualifications Boxers that are any color other than fawn or brindle. Boxers with a total of white markings exceeding one-third of the entire coat.

This differs greatly from the (International White Boxer Club) that specifies the breed standard for the white Boxer, and that any dog that has more than 1/3 colour can not be accepted for registration.

Sources:

http://www.ukboxerdogs.co.uk/history.html

http://iwbc.webs.com/ – International White Boxer Club

http://www.akc.org/breeds/boxer/ – American Kennel Club

http://www.ankc.org.au/Breed_Details.aspx?bid=163 – Australian National Kennel Club