Busting 5 Common Myths About the White Boxer Dog

The proud parent of an adorably sweet Boston Terrier and an incredibly faithful white Boxer dog. Short-nosed dogs rule!

The white boxer dog has been a target of controversy among canine breeders for years. It’s an unfortunate circumstance that the breeding arena doesn’t recognize the this particular dog as competitive because of skin allergies. Severe reactions in the animal can lead to hearing loss or susceptibility to skin cancer. Below are 5 common myths about the this type of breed.

1. Are White Boxers a Rare Breed?

Not Really

18% Boxer puppies born turn out to be white, and they have been around as long as the breed has existed. 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 fit the set standards for homo-sapiens breeding? If so, a lot of us wouldn’t be here today.

2. Are White Boxers Albino?


Medical science classifies animal and human albinos as having no skin pigmentation. The classic traits of an albinism are noticeable by having pink eyes and no color to the body at all.

Given this known fact, white boxers are born with a recessive gene that gives off white hair and still keeps pigmentation (although very little.) Owners of white boxers should monitor the time they expose their pets to sunshine because of tendency to sun burns.

4. Why Aren't White Boxers Allowed to Register With the AKC?

Somewhat False

Owners may register their white boxers to compete in sporting events and obedience training, but association standards dictate that two-thirds of the breed must be brindle or fawn. Given that these dogs do not meet requirements, some breeders feel that they are inferior to the classic fawn-colored boxers.

3. Do White Boxers Have Too Many Health Concerns?

Somewhat True

Some white boxers are born with high-maintenance conditions, such as hearing loss or skin allergies. Skin conditions are costly, but oatmeal baths for dogs at your local pet store and special dietary requirements prescribed by a vet can help ease concerns.

If the pet suffers from hearing loss, we can train them to understand hand signals, sign language, or the use of flashlights since they are intelligent and curious by nature.

Given these circumstances, most breeders frown upon breeding practice with a white boxer because of health concerns mentioned above and restrictions placed by the association for a show. The idea of euthanasia does not sit well with most breeders, and many would rather spare these pups for family-oriented purposes since they are overall very delightful pets.

5. Are White Boxers a Mean Breed?

Not True

Can I laugh here? My white boxer “Fiona” is one of the sweetest and gentlest dogs that I’ve encountered 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 doubt. Did I mention her loyalty? When she was alive, she never left my side.

One Boxer Breed, One Love

There’s one thing we can all agree. The color of the coat doesn’t matter with the character of the breed itself. Fawn, white, black or speckled - the boxer breed remains true to its intelligent and jovial personality. Loyal to the core, these dogs are the perfect family pet. They are both the guardian sentinel with children and a cozy couch partner on a rainy day.

In place of my praise over their character, I’d like to back up my point by suggesting a book I’ve read myself, a definite keeper on my bookshelf:Lost Souls: Found! Inspiring Stories About Boxers, a thought-provoking book written by author Kyla Duffy, whose wonderful, heartwarming and incredible stories attest to the beautiful nature of the boxer.

Despite my obvious bias and love for this dog, please remember that no matter the canine breed. All dogs are man’s best friend.

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.

— Josh Billings

An White Boxer Owner's Personal Perspective and Urgent Advice

Miss Fiona was an absolute joy, the light of my life, and my best friend. She had lived for almost seven years. She could have lived longer, but I made a terrible choice and ignored my vet’s suggestion to have my dog neutered and ended up paying.

I planned on breeding her, hoping to get an offspring pup, but in my naïve ignorance, I was ill-equipped to know about or prepare for the massive chain of tumors that were growing in her mammaries. I’ve learned a lot from loving this dog. For me, the big takeaway was that you DO NOT wait for medical treatment.

As soon as you take on a female pup, you must decide to breed or not to breed. If you choose not to breed, then get the procedure done as soon as possible. You will save yourself a lot of heartache and money in the long run. Of course, this issue goes without saying for any classification of female dogs.

Cited Sources & Works

  • White Boxer Rescue. Moder, Claudia: Deaf White Boxer
  • All Boxer Info: White Boxer Dogs
  • Dog Training Nation: Boxer Breed Information

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The white Boxer dog breed

The white Boxer, like the Boxer breed itself, gets the breed name from this dog’s tendency to use the front paws in play, fighting, and hunting.

Much like a boxer might spar with an opponent.

The Boxer is thought to be a modern descendant of larger mastiff-type fighting dogs that were bred to hunt large game like bison and bears.

The white Boxer may be smaller than these ancestors, but this is still a very powerful dog.

Currently, the Boxer dog is the 10 th most popular purebred dog in America (out of 194 breeds).

Busting Five Myths About the Great Pyrenees

While other Great Pyrenees people may have a different list than mine of common myths about our breed, I believe that most of us have heard all of the following things said. So here is my list of the top five untrue things about Great Pyrenees that are commonly heard.

Pyrenees Myth #1: “They are so big!”

I know they look big. And the breed’s name in the U.S. is Great Pyrenees. In Europe, however, they are actually called Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, and the breed’s AKC standard says they should be a dog of “medium substance.” In general, even large Great Pyrenees weigh about 100 pounds. This is a lot smaller than the Newfoundland or the Saint Bernard, with whom they are often compared. The impression of very large size is in part an optical illusion. They are white, and they have a lot of hair … a lot of hair. Here is a true story: My friend had a beautiful, top-winning Pyrenees bitch whom she bred. Just after a Pyr bitch has her pups, she typically sheds out almost her whole coat so that the massive undercoat is totally gone. This beautiful girl also lost some weight feeding and caring for her puppies. In other words, she didn’t look too impressively large as she lay in her whelping box with her growing brood. When a potential buyer came to see the puppies with the thought of getting a pet, she saw the framed picture on the wall of the mom’s biggest show win. What a beautiful dog she was! However, the potential buyer was not impressed and said, “What are you trying to pull? You don’t expect me to believe this is the same dog, do you?” Well, yes. It was the same dog—just minus most of the hair.

Pyrenees Myth #2: “They must eat a lot.”

This is actually related to the first myth. If they are so big, they must require a lot of food. Actually, Pyrenees tend to have a relatively slow metabolism, which means they eat less than expected for their size. Pyr owners must be careful not to overfeed or overmedicate their dogs, which can be easy to do.

Pyrenees Myth #3: “How can they live through a hot summer with all that hair? You should shave it off.”

No, please don’t. The Pyr has a double coat. There is an insulating undercoat of fluff, with harsh guard hairs on the outside. In warm weather the undercoat is shed, leaving the protective outer coat. This coat is at least mostly white and reflects the sun. It traps a layer of air that is not a good conductor of heat to protect the dog underneath. In the winter, the dogs who come from the colder climates do have a beauty advantage in the show ring, as they grow their massive undercoats to keep them warm, but the dogs from the warmer climes are just as comfortable with their smaller coats.

Pyrenees Myth #4: “They are just gentle giants.”

Actually, the Pyrenees has been used for centuries to guard sheep. They are perfectly capable of fighting off predators, and years ago the breed was known for its protectiveness rather than its gentleness. Breeders have worked for the past 50 years to breed our dogs so that they are fearless and tame. If you talk to people knowledgeable about the breed from many generations ago, they will tell you that having a stable temperament was the highest priority for selecting breeding stock, and the effort paid off. Today’s Pyrenees should be a good housedog who should never be a danger to people.

Pyrenees Myth #5: “They need a lot of space to run.”

Maybe not a lot of space. They are not a good choice for an apartment (and they are not a breed for everyone), but most Pyrenees are very happy lying around most of the time, being petted and being watchful just in case some other animal wants to invade their home. They are not a quiet breed, since they will loudly announce everyone who comes anywhere near your house or yard. This is where they still are our protective guardians.

5 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Animal: Debunking Common Adoption Myths

May 2016 guest blog article

Kristen Levine, pet living expert

When Christina Lee of Salem, Virginia, stopped by the Salem Animal Shelter in November 2010 to take photos of adoptable dogs to list on Facebook, she had no idea that this routine stop would lead her down a new road to where “Deaf Dogs Rock.” Christina was introduced to a ten week-old white Boxer puppy named “Nitro” and was asked by the Salem Animal Shelter Director to personally adopt this “special needs” puppy.

You see, Nitro was 100% deaf.

Christina and her husband Chris added Nitro to their family of three dogs and three horses because they had the time, resources and dedication to take on the challenge of raising a deaf dog. Little did they know that Nitro would inspire them to found www.DeafDogsRock.com, which you can visit for Nitro’s touching story. Christina and Chris now spend their time trying to educate the general public about deaf dogs, being a resource to deaf dog owners and helping deaf dogs in need find forever homes.

While this is a touching adoption story, it’s certainly not common – most adoptable pets do not have special needs. In fact, the majority of adoptable pets are free of behavior or health problems, and approximately 25 percent of them are purebreds!

In honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month this October, I would like to dispel a few of the common misconceptions about adopting pets from shelters and rescues.

Myth #1 – Pets are in shelters because there’s something wrong with them and they won’t make good pets.

This is just plain false. According to a study conducted by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP) and published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (JAAWS), seven of the top reasons for relinquishment of both dogs and cats are the same and include, in no specific order:

  • Moving
  • Landlord not allowing pets
  • Too many animals in the household
  • Cost of pet maintenance
  • Owner having personal problems
  • Inadequate facilities
  • No homes available for litter mates

Myth #2: I don't know what I'm getting.

In fact, it’s just the opposite. There may be more information available about an adoptable pet than one from a breeder or pet store.

Many adoptable pets posted online (check out Petfinder.com) or through a specific breed rescue are in foster care. Foster parents live with their charges 24-7 and can often tell you, in detail, about the pet's personality and habits.

If the pet is at a shelter, the staff or volunteers may be able to tell you what he or she is like. At the very least, you can ask the staff if the pet was an owner-surrender (rather than a stray) and, if so, what the former owner said about him or her. You also can ask about the health and behavioral evaluations the pet has undergone since arriving at the shelter. In contrast, pet store owners rarely have an idea of what a pet will be like in a home.

Additionally, when you adopt an adult dog or cat, you can easily determine the pet’s full-grown size, coat type, personality and temperament. These are traits that aren’t immediately clear when you purchase a puppy or kitten from a pet store or breeder.

Myth #3: Shelter dogs are all mutts.

It’s a fact that you can find every breed, from lovable mutts to registered purebreds, at your local shelter. There also are breed-specific rescues for just about every breed, and most of them post their pets on Petfinder. (Petfinder can even e-mail you when a pet that fits your criteria is posted -- just click "Save this Search" at the top of your search results page.)

Some rescues and shelters keep a waiting list for prospective pet parents hoping to adopt a particular breed. If you want to bring a pet of a specific breed into your life, you also can call around and look for a shelter that maintains a purebred waiting list.

Myth #4: Shelter pets are more prone to behavior problems.

Some shelter pets may have behavior problems, but pets from breeders and pet stores may have issues too. Remember, all pets -- even eight-week old puppies and kittens -- have distinct personalities. Those personalities will either jive with your home and lifestyle or not. Some characteristics and personalities of certain breeds may work better for you than others, so be sure to work with a rescue group or shelter staff to find the right fit for you.

If you’re concerned about avoiding behavioral issues in your new pet, perhaps the best option is to look into adopting an adult animal. Look for a shelter that works primarily through foster care, so that you will be able to discuss an animal’s behavior with their foster parent. Most rescues are happy to fully disclose any known issues, because they’d rather lose an adoption today than have a pet returned next week. An older animal may even have had previous obedience training, be accustomed to flying solo during the day while owners are at work, and be used to kids and other pets.

Myth #5: I can get a free pet, so why pay an adoption fee?

According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, approximately 65 percent of pet parents in the U.S. get their pets for free or at low cost, and most pets are obtained from acquaintances or family members. The NCPPSP also reports that pets acquired from friends make up more than 30 percent of pets surrendered to shelters (read the article here).

While getting a "free" pet may seem like a bargain at first, you are then responsible for the initial veterinary costs that shelters and rescue groups usually cover, including spaying/neutering ($150-300), vaccinations ($70-120), flea/tick treatment ($50-$200), and microchipping ($50). Many shelters and rescues are able to purchase vaccinations in bulk and receive veterinary care at a reduced price, making the average adoption fee of $50 to $200 become considerably more appealing than the “do it yourself option.”

There are few experiences in life more satisfying and rewarding as saving an animal's life, and making them a valued member of the family. So when choosing your next four-legged, furry addition to the family—special needs or not—consider checking out the shelters and rescues in your area or throughout the country. Your next best friend will thank you for it.

If you’d like a little more inspiration to adopt, read these heartwarming stories recently posted as part of the BlogPaws blog carnival sponsored by BISSELL!

For more ways to live happier and healthier with pets, visit my website, Kristen Levine Pet Living.

5 Big Myths About The White Boxer

Posted by Michael Jones on August 14, 2019
Updated at: January 19, 2021

Meet the mysterious, controversial, and deeply misunderstood, White Boxer. We are a big fan of the Boxer breed, and today we are looking into the five most persistent myths about these gorgeous dogs.

We’ll get to the bottom and answer whether the White Boxer is a less healthy dog than their fawn and brindle counterparts. As well, we’ll find out what kind of personalities they have and if it’s unique.

White Boxers Are A Rarity

With multiple reports showing that white or mostly White Boxers occurring 18-25% of the time, the White Boxer is not a rare sight to behold. So don’t let a breeder talk you into a higher price for one.

In fact, White Boxers do not meet the American Kennel Club and American Boxer Club standards, and this has resulted in some breeders euthanizing the puppies or throwing them into shelters because they don’t want them.

They are not considered a breed standard, cannot be shown, and only in recent years has it even become possible to register them under certain conditions. They are not considered good breeding material because of the color and were banned from competing in any AKC events for many years.

So if anything, a White Boxer pup should cost less due to their being less demand for them.

White Boxers Are Albino

White Boxers are not a result of albinism. Albino is defined as a lack of pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes, which results in white skin, white hair, and red eyes. White Boxers very much do have pigment in their skin, often have blue eyes, and will likely develop black spots.

The white coloring of the White Boxer is the same kind of white you see in any other white dog. For the Boxer, the white coloring is a recessive trait that they’ve carried over from their ancestor the bulldog. Whenever you have recessive genes in both parents, the odds of that trait showing up in puppies is much higher.

In fact, In the early days, the majority of Boxers were white, but breeders bred the color out of them because it made these guard dogs too easy to spot. In more recent years, since the late 1990s, more people have been seeking white boxers because of the way they look and because they’ve been slightly taken in at the thought of their dog being more unique.

While we’ve debunked that myth of rarity, the dogs are very pretty and eye-catching. This has caused them to gain favor in some circles again.

The fact that more people are trying to find white boxers is what has caused breeders to begin charging more for the dogs. It’s a bit like price-gouging. These were largely unwanted puppies that were not worth anything that are now being ‘hoped-for’ in litters so that breeders can charge more for them.

This is a trend that also began when designer dog breeds started to come into favor. People are now seeking dogs that are poodle mixes or other specialty breed mixes, for the purposes of having pets with traits from two specific breeds. Often the goal is a dog that sheds less or causes fewer allergic responses in people.

WIth white boxers, the goal is simply a beautiful and eye-catching dog that has the breeding, temperament, and personality of the boxer, while not looking like the garden variety boxer.

White Boxers Are More Prone To Health Issues

Deafness at birth occurs slightly more often in all white Boxer puppies than it does in fawn and brindle boxer puppies. Besides this, White Boxers do not see more health issues than their counterparts.

Old-time breeders would often humanely dispatch white puppies at birth, believing that they would always be deaf and sometimes blind as well. We now know this isn’t necessarily true and those puppies are now given a chance at life.

It was this process of culling at birth that earned the white pups the nickname of ‘lethal white’ pups.

Likely, it was this culling at birth that led people to believe that white puppies were rare. Breeders new that they weren’t rare, they just weren’t wanted.

You sometimes see people say they are more prone to allergies, but there isn’t concrete evidence for this. Their white coat can make them susceptible to sunburn, however.

White Boxers Have A Different Personality / Mean Temperament

White Boxers do not have a different personality than their brindle and fawn brothers and sisters. Boxers are high-spirited, energetic (super bouncy), friendly, and love playing. They make great family pets, though they may knock over the little ones with all the bouncing they like to do.

They are very patient and obedient, which has long made them an exceptional choice as a guard dog, though they are a bit better as just watch dogs due to their friendless and low affinity for barking.

White Boxers Aren’t Recognized By The AKC

Because the white coloring in Boxers is a trait that comes from their ancestor the bulldog, it’s not considered a defining breed trait of the Boxer breed. As such, for a long time, they were not recognized by the AKC and other organizations.

It’s important that you work with them to train them early in life. If you have children, you should always supervise them very closely.

Don’t ever leave children and dogs alone until you’ve succeeded in training the dog well and the children even better. Boxers generally love children and will play well with them, once proper rules and boundaries have been established.

They are very patient and obedient, which has long made them an exceptional choice as a guard dog, though they are a bit better as just watchdogs due to their friendless and low affinity for barking.

Being very bright, the boxer can easily catch-on to most types of training and will happily learn obedience, agility, and even how to catch a frisbee if that is your cup of tea. Boxers love nothing more than to be with their humans.

With intelligence also comes humor. Boxers are a breed that can keep you in constant stitches, especially as curious puppies, which means you need to be on your toes with those puppies in the house.

Boxer Dogs: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Boxer temperament, personality, training, behavior, pros and cons, advice, and information, by Michele Welton, Dog Trainer, Behavioral Consultant, Author of 15 Dog Books

Boxers can be fine family dogs if you can proviide enough exercise and training to control their rambunctiousness when young, and if you can provide for their special needs due to their unnaturally short face.

As puppies and young adults, Boxers are animated, playful (often cuckoo!) dogs who love to romp and jump. Middle-aged Boxers typically become more deliberate and dignified and make calm, loyal companions for the rest of their (unfortuntately not very long) lives.

Exercise needs vary from long daily walks for more sedentary Boxers to vigorous daily romping for high-energy individuals – but not in hot weather, because Boxers are more susceptible to heatstroke than most dog breeds.

Though most Boxer dogs are fine with other family pets, including the family cat, quite a few Boxers are dominant or aggressive toward other dogs of the same sex, and some are cat chasers.

Boxers need consistent leadership. Their heritage, after all, is that of a strong-minded working dog. But you must handle them in an upbeat, persuasive way. Boxers are stubborn, yes, but also sensitive and proud. They will "shut down" (sulk and pout and passively refuse to do anything) if you jerk them around.

Most Boxers make vigilant watchdogs – meaning they will bark when they see or see something out of the ordinary. Their guarding and territorial instincts, though, vary a great deal.

Most Boxers react to strangers with a joyous "Hi, come on in!" accompanied by enthusiastic jumping and tail-stump wiggling. Other Boxers are more standoffish, neither fawning over strangers nor threatening them.

A few Boxers (typically those from German lines) are more forceful and challenging.

Early socialization is important to develop a stable attitude in your Boxer.

  • Is medium to large, with a rugged, sleekly-muscled "masculine" build
  • Needs minimal grooming
  • Loves to romp and play
  • Is usually steadfast and reliable with everyone
  • Looks imposing enough that he is an effective deterrent even when friendly

A Boxer may be right for you.

If you don't want to deal with.

  • Rowdiness and exuberant jumping when young
  • Potential aggression toward other dogs (usually of the same sex)
  • A strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge
  • Snorting, wheezing, snoring
  • Slobbering and drooling
  • Gassiness (flatulence)
  • Very real potential for health problems and a short lifespan

A Boxer may not be right for you.

Keep in mind that the inheritance of temperament is less predictable than the inheritance of physical traits such as size or shedding. Temperament and behavior are also shaped by raising and training.

  • You can avoid some negative traits by choosing an ADULT dog from an animal shelter or rescue group. With an adult dog, you can easily see what you're getting, and plenty of adult Boxers have already proven themselves not to have negative characteristics.
  • If you want a puppy, you can avoid some negative traits by choosing the right breeder and the right puppy. Unfortunately, you usually can't tell whether a puppy has inherited temperament or health problems until he grows up.
  • Finally, you can avoid some negative traits by training your Boxer to respect you and by following the 11-step care program in my book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy.

More traits and characteristics of Boxer dogs

If I was considering a Boxer, I would be most concerned about.

    Health problems. Most Boxers, unfortunately, do not live a long life. This is partly due to unwise breeding practices such as inbreeding and linebreeding, which are more likely to pass along defective genes. It's also partly due to the deformities in their structure, especially their shortened face. An alarming number of Boxers die of cancer or heart disease in middle age. Other health concerns include eye diseases (such as corneal ulcers), digestive diseases (such as ulcerative colitis), hypothyroidism, itchy allergies, skin tumors, and more.

Prospective Boxer owners should be aware that they might be taking on expensive health problems over their dog's lifetime. Read more about Boxer Health.

Boxer sounds. Boxers are not quiet dogs. Now I don't mean they're yappy! Not at all. But they do vocalize with grumbles and grunts (which owners find endearing) and also snorts, snuffles, and snores (which bother some people). Only you know whether you're one of those people.

  • Gassiness (flatulence). All short-faced breeds gulp air when they eat, and that air has to go somewhere, after all. However, commercial diets make flatulence worse by including fibrous or hard-to-digest ingredients. Boxers who are fed a homemade diet of real meat and vegetables have much less trouble with gassiness.
  • Slobbering. Many Boxers, especially those with loose lips, slobber or drool, especially after eating and drinking.
  • Stubbornness. You seldom see Boxers in obedience competition. They have an independent mind of their own and are not pushovers to raise and train. Many Boxers are passively stubborn and will brace their legs and refuse to do what you want them to do. Some want to be the boss and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show your Boxer, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say. Read more about Boxer Training.
  • Bounciness. Older Boxers can be quite mellow, but most young Boxers (up to about two years old) romp and jump and play with vigor, and things can go flying, including small children or infirm people.
  • Potential dog aggression. Most Boxers are fine with other family pets, including the family cat. But many Boxers are dominant or aggressive toward strange dogs of the same sex, and a few Boxers view cats as prey.
  • About the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.

    To help you train and care for your dog

    Dog training videos. Sometimes it's easier to train your puppy (or adult dog) when you can see the correct training techniques in action.

    The problem is that most dog training videos on the internet are worthless, because they use the wrong training method. I recommend these dog training videos that are based on respect and leadership.

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