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Busting the Myths About White Boxers
The Myths Behind the Breed
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:
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
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 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
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.
RIP Miss Fiona
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