THIS IS UNTRUE! Although there is a higher incidence of deafness in a white Boxer not all are deaf. Deaf Boxers can be trained using a variety of methods including hand signals, ASL (American Sign Language,) Lazers & flashlights and more. Training any Boxer, hearing or not, requires time, patience & understanding as well as the ability to make the lessons fun.
Please read Beau's Page he is the perfect example of what a Deaf Dog can
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Is that White Boxers cannot be registered.
THIS IS UNTRUE! as stated above White Boxers can be registered with the American Kennel Club. However, they can not been shown in the AKC conformation ring. White boxers are welcome to compete in Agility, Obedience, Flyball, Rally ect. White Boxers registered with IABCA (International All Breed Canine Association) can be shown in conformation.
Is that White Boxers are rare.
THIS IS UNTRUE! Approximately 1/4 (25%) of all Boxers are born white or checked. In fact, the
Since White Boxers do not conform to the current standard of the American Boxer Club (ABC) and the American Kennel Club (AKC), many are still euthanized by their "breeders". This deeply sickens me. AKC allows for white boxers to have full registration, however it is against the ABC's code of ethics for breeders to give them more than limited papers.
White Boxers develop more
THIS IS UNTRUE! All boxers are prone to certain conditions that have nothing to do with their color. Heart disease, hypothyroidism, & cancer can afflict any boxer, regardless of color. Because a Boxer is born white does not mean that it is going to be unhealthy. No clinical evidence has been recorded showing the White Boxer is at higher risk for health problems. There are only two extra health concerns with white Boxers. The first is that an estimated 18% of white boxers are unilaterally (one ear) or bilaterally (both ears) deaf. This deafness is caused by a lack of pigmentation in the inner ear, & can be detected at an early age.
Is that White Boxers are albinos.
THIS IS UNTRUE! White Boxers are not albinos. Albinos completely lack pigment which is evident by pink eyes, and a complete lack of color anywhere on the body. Most white boxers have some spots on their skin (which can be seen due to their short white coats) and have some dark markings around their nose and mouth. Some white boxers have colored markings in their coat (brown spots around an eye or on the back, etc). All white boxers have pigment in their eyes even the sky blue eyes are pigmented. These facts alone rule out albinism as the cause of their whiteness.
Is that White Boxers are mean.
THIS IS UNTRUE! and one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. A Boxer is a Boxer. A Boxer being mean has nothing to do with color. It is due to poor genetics, bad breeding, & a poor environment.
Coat Colors in Boxers
and the American Boxer Club*
By R. D. Conrad & Ann Gilbert
For each breed that is recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), the AKC also recognizes an organization termed, "the parent club." Each parent club (in this case the American Boxer Club [ABC]) is responsible for establishing and writing a Breed Standard, a document describing that breed. Breed standards are not written to discriminate. Quite simply, the standards are designed as guides to determine the structure and desirable traits to be used for selecting breeding stock and instructions for judges.
The currently approved Boxer Standard explicitly defines the allowable coat colors and markings for Boxers. There are two coat colors, fawn or brindle. There are no stripes in fawn coats. Those Boxers exhibiting black stripes on the fawn background are termed brindle. The fawn coat ranges from light yellow to dark red. Brindling can be sparse or heavy, and sometimes so heavy the animal appears to be black with fawn stripes (this is called reverse brindling).
The ABC's Boxer Standard defines the desired colors and markings one should strive for in the ideal Boxer. The Boxer Standard requires that two-thirds of the coat color on the total surface of the skin must be either fawn or brindle. If white markings exceed one-third of the total surface of the skin, the Boxer would be excused from competition by the judge. In show terminology this is called a disqualification. The pattern of the white markings on the muzzle, end of the tail, legs, feet, neck, chest, and under side of the body is known as the Irish Spotting Factor. This polygenic trait (an observed trait determined by several genetic determinants) was first described in rats and studied by a geneticist in Ireland. It is observed in many mammalian species and several breeds of dogs.
In The Inheritance of Coat Color in Dogs, Dr. Clarence C. Little indicated that white Boxer puppies are not true albinos as albinism is defined by geneticists (a complete lack of pigment in the skin or hair and blue eyes). Approximately twenty-five percent (and this is an estimation as exact records have not been maintained) of all Boxer puppies are either white or almost all white, making white puppies neither "rare" nor "unusual." Some of the pups may have brindle or fawn spots on the head, trunk, or base of the tail. These almost all-white puppies are called "checks" or "parti-colored." A great many white puppies are humanely disposed of at birth because of the following reasons:
(1) Some of the white pups, with little or no pigment in their skin, must be kept out of the sun because they sunburn. This is similar to a condition observed in Collies which is called "Collie nose."
(2) A certain percent of the white Boxer puppies are deaf in either one or both ears. The most accurate record of the percentage of deaf white Boxers comes from the current records of Boxer Rescue Services. Rescue efforts in Dallas, Texas, indicate that thirty out of seventy-five white Boxers (40%) that came through their rescue program over a two-year period were deaf, and the rescue program in Virginia and Maryland recently reported that six out of twenty white Boxers (30%) in their program were deaf. In Boxers and other breeds (Bull Terriers, Dalmations, Great Danes, Collies, Shetland Sheep Dogs, etc.) in which deaf animals sometimes occur, this is associated with the loss of pigment and coat color, but, the mechanisms of inheritance are different from Boxers. It is known that deafness results when the cells of the skin lining the ear canals lack pigment.
(3) It has been reported that some white Boxer puppies may be blind, however, this condition occurs at a low frequency.
As a result of these observations, some breeders may choose to dispose of their white, check, or parti-colored Boxer puppies by euthanasia or simply by placing these puppies, unregistered with the AKC, in homes as companion animals. The practice of placing white puppies should be done carefully. A responsible breeder should require that any white or mismarked puppy must be spayed or castrated if placed as a companion animal.
The AKC will register any puppy, regardless of color, as long as both parents are registered---unless there is a contract signed by the breeder and purchaser of the puppy to the effect that the animal is not to be registered by the AKC. Presently, the breeders have the option of assigning a Limited Registration to any puppy for lack of quality or merit. The AKC will not register any offspring produced by a parent with a Limited Registration. The Limited Registration will permit th e dog to be shown in obedience trials (only) at AKC-licensed events and AKC-sanctioned matches. Considering the unfortunate traits associated with the lack of pigmentation and the ABC's Boxer Standard clearly addressing the white coat coloring as undesirable, this should discourage any breeder from registering a white, a check, or particolored Boxer for breeding purposes.
The stigma associated with white Boxers is evident. In fairness to all, there should be no embarrassment for those loving and owning a white or check Boxer. We do not understand the genetic mechanisms responsible for the inheritance of the lack of pigmentation and white markings over large areas of the skin. What is important for all to remember is that there are many Boxers (including white check, parti-colored, fawn and brindle) with other undesirable traits that also should not be used for breeding.
* Approved by the Officers and Board of Directors of the American Boxer Club, May 8, 1997.