The History and Facts about the White Boxer
White boxers are not different from any other boxers; they have been around as long as the boxer itself. The reason why white boxers are less common today is there have unfortunately been efforts to remove the gene which causes white fur from the boxer blood line.
One (unconfirmed) reason why an attempt was made to remove the white fur gene from boxers was their profession as police dogs in early 20th century Europe. Although Boxers make natural police dogs due to their high level of intelligence and love of companionship, having white fur can be a disadvantage as it makes it easier to spot the dogs at night. Germany went as far as blocking the registration of white boxer dogs in the 1920’s in an attempt to wipe out the gene. The German law had the terrible effect of causing many breeders to euthanize any white boxer puppies which were born at their mills.
White boxer dogs are not albinos; they just have fur which is colored white. An albino, on the other hand, is missing the gene which enables for pigment to be produced in their skin. The white boxer does not suffer from the health ailments which many albino dogs do.
If you are a show dog owner, the white boxer may not be for you. A pure white boxer is not recognized by the American Kennel Club for show purposes – a boxer can have white markings, but cannot have white markings on more than 1/3 of its body. White boxers are allowed to compete in AKC sporting activities.
Although white boxer dogs are rare, it is mainly due to human intervention. Don’t let the fact that you don’t see more white boxer’s around discourage you from inviting one into your family!