Busting the Myths About the White Boxer Dog
White Boxer Puppy
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
~ Josh Billings
The Myths Behind the White Boxer Dog
The White Boxer has always been at the heart of controversy with canine breeders. It is unfortunate that though they are a Boxer breed that because of the color of their coat they are not considered ideal in the dog breeding competition arena due to skin allergies that cause severe reactions, possible hearing loss, and skin cancer susceptible. Below are a few myths about the White Boxer breed:
Young Adult White Boxer Dog
White Boxers are a Rare Breed
Nearly 18% Boxer puppies born turn out white and they have been around as long as the Boxer breed has been in existence up to date. Even so, it is a sad fact that many dog breeders euthanize white pups because they "don't meet American Boxer Club or American Kennel Club standards" Folks, what if certain humans didn't meet the set standards for homo sapiens breeding? If so, a good lot of us wouldn't be here today.
White Boxers are Albino
An Albino, whether a human or animal is classified as having absolutely no skin pigmentation at all. Classic traits of an Albino are evidenced with having pink eyes and no color to the body at all.
Given this known fact, White Boxers are born with white hair and still retain pigmentation although very little and must be kept out of the sun because they are sensitive to exposure and easily burn.
Adult Female Boxer Dog
White Boxers Have Multiple Health Concerns
There are some Boxers that are born with high-maintenance conditions such as hearing loss or skin allergies. Unfortunately, skin conditions are costly, but usually, oatmeal baths and special dietary requirements prescribed by a vet can help alleviate concerns.
If a boxer has a hearing loss, the dog can be trained to understand hand signals, sign language, or the use of flashlights. In fact, the entire boxer breed is naturally inquisitive and very intelligent.
Given these circumstances, most breeders frown upon breeding practice with a White Boxer due to aforesaid health concerns and restrictions placed by the association for a show. The idea of euthanasia does not sit well with most breeders and would rather spare these pups for family-oriented purposes since they are overall very delightful pets.
You Can't Register White Boxers With the AKC
Owners are allowed to register their White Boxers to compete in sporting events and obedience, but association standards dictate that two-thirds of the breed must be brindle or fawn. Given that White Boxers do not meet requirements, some Boxer breeders feel that they are inferior to the classic fawn-colored Boxers.
Adult Male Boxer Dog
White Boxers are a Mean Breed
Can I laugh here?
My white boxer "Fiona" is one of the sweetest, gentlest dogs that I've encountered before in my life. She's so friendly that she'd run toward a territorial Pitbull. She let my adopted motherless kitten nurse on her without a qualm. Did I mention loyalty? When she was alive, she never left my side.
One Breed, One Love
There's one thing we can all agree upon.
The color of the coat doesn't matter when it comes to the character of the breed itself. Fawn, white, black or brindled - remains true to its intelligent and jovial personality. Loyal to the core, these dogs are the perfect family pet, a guardian sentinel with children and a cozy couch partner on a rainy day. And, no matter the breed ... all dogs are man's best friend. the Boxer Breed
God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll be there. ~ Billy Graham
An Owner's Personal Perspective and Urgent Advice
Miss Fiona was an absolute complete joy, the light of my life, and my best friend. My white boxer dog had lived for almost seven years. She could have lived longer, but sadly, I had made a terrible choice. I ignored my vet's suggestion to have my dog neutered and then paid dearly like so many other dog owners eventually do.
You see - since I loved her so much - I planned on breeding her with hopes for an offspring pup, but in my naive ignorance, little did I know or prepare for the massive chain of tumors that were growing in her mammaries. If there is one big takeaway from what I've learned from loving this dog - it is that you DO NOT wait.
As soon as you take on a female pup, you must make that decision - to breed - or not to breed. If you choose not to breed - then get it done as soon as possible. You will definitely save yourself a lot of heartache and money in the long run - this does not pertain to the white boxer breed alone - this issue goes without saying - for any breed of female dog.
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