There are many myths about white Boxers which very sadly result in many being neglected and thrown aside at birth or left homeless. Many tend to think that white Boxers are “below” other Boxers. The reality is that white Boxers are no different whatsoever than their colored counterparts. They do not have any more health problems than a fawn or brindle Boxer and they have the same intelligence, spunk, vigor, and eagerness to please that characterizes the breed.
White Boxers Are Not Rare
About 25% of Boxers are white. Some non-credible breeders will try to sell white Boxers for higher prices telling the buyer that these dogs are rare.
Separating Fact from Fiction
- White Boxers are NOT albinos. White Boxers simply have white fur. An albino animal is missing pigment in the skin. Therefore, white Boxers DO NOT have any illnesses associated with albinism.
- White Boxers are just as healthy as Boxers with colored fur. White Boxers are no more at risk for diseases than colored Boxers.
- The only difference in a white Boxer is that he is more prone to sunburn, which happens in most white animals. All he will need is sunscreen when he’s outside for extended periods of time.
- Not all white Boxers are deaf. However, white Boxers have a higher incidence of deafness than colored Boxers. This incidence affects about 18% of white Boxers. Don’t let the thought of a deaf Boxer stop you from making him a member of your family. They can be effectively trained through sign language and hand signals the same as a hearing Boxer can be trained. Every Boxer takes patience and understanding to train, so be open to the idea of welcoming a deaf Boxer into your life.
- Deaf white Boxers are just as equal in trainability, intelligence, and personality as hearing Boxers. Deafness is not a disability for a Boxer — aside from him not hearing your voice, he is exactly the same as any other Boxer. However, it is not advised to breed white Boxers because of their higher rates of deafness.
- White Boxers are not mean or more aggressive than other Boxers. Coat color has no impact on a Boxer’s temperament.
Adopt a White Boxer
White Boxers are some of the most beautiful dogs as they are striking in appearance. There are plenty of white Boxers available for adoption. White Boxers in particular need to be adopted into happy and loving homes because many times they are used as “bait” in dog fighting. Dog fighters will flock to Craigslist looking for white Boxers that can be used as bait dogs. Dog fighters like to see the blood on these white Boxers. It’s a harsh reality but you can help by taking in a white Boxer to your home. You will never regret adopting a white Boxer. You will be stopped constantly by admiring onlookers who will compliment your dog’s good looks and athleticism. More than anything else, your adopted Boxer will always treasure you as the one who gave him a second chance at life and he will always be your loving and loyal companion.
As the proud owner of a gorgeous deaf white Boxer, I can tell you honestly that I never look at him as disabled or less deserving than a hearing Boxer. He is a wonderful reminder for me to make the most of life. His smarts, tenacity, and “human” qualities have forever changed my life and attitude for the better.
Check out the following Boxer Rescue websites and give the gift of life to a white Boxer this holiday season:
- New Jersey Boxer Rescue
- New Life Boxer Rescue
- PA Boxer Rescue
- Northeastern Boxer Rescue
- Adopt a Boxer Rescue
- Go Boxer Rescue
- Second Chance Boxer Rescue
Remember, puppies and dogs should never be given as gifts. Countless dogs who are given as gifts end up on the street or in shelters because their “novelty” wears off and they are no longer wanted. Adopt a Boxer because you’re ready and willing to offer one of the most fantastic breeds a new chance at life.