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PURE WHITE boxers?

on ksl classifieds i ALWAYS see PURE white boxers most from a litter of brindles. the breeders say they are healthy.. some even have blue eyes and are AKC reg. i always thought/heard PURE white boxers were deaf and/or not healthy. are these "breeders" just trying to get their money from the litter? or are they really that healthy?


Asked by ♥ Babe ♥ on Dec 23rd 2009 in Boxer
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Farley

Since the white ones are uncommon due to a recessive gene, irresponsible breeders will use that as a reason to jack up the price. They'll often sell it as a "rare" colour. I am not sure about any other health problems in particular, but yes, white boxers are very prone to deafness because the white color is directly linked to the absence of pigment cells in the inner ear.


Farley answered on 12/23/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Guest

Babe, this is the difference between responsible breeders and BYB's. No responsible breeder is going to promote a white boxers as being healthy unless it has been checked for vision, hearing and heart problems. BUT... no responsible breeder is going to be using the classifieds, either!!! Soo, this is marketing hype.. if it's rare, sell it for more!!! And, of course they are not going to tell you the dog is blind or deaf... heck, in most cases they haven't paid enough attention to the puppies in the litter to even know if one is blind or deaf!


Member 641257 answered on 12/25/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Lila

If you get a pure white boxer your'll either have a deaf/blind dog. That's why I don't recommend getting them. Plain and Simple


Lila answered on 12/26/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Rocky

As a lifelong boxer owner, I have to say that its an undesired color in a boxer. HOWEVER!
1. the white boxer can live a HEALTHY normal life.
2. Yes there is a strong possibility that the dog is deaf. As stated before, it is due to the lack of pigment in the fur of the inner ear. The intelligence of a boxer is extremely high & these dogs can & will learn sign language easily & quickly
3. Outside of the possibility of deafness, they fair the same odds of developing a breed specific genetic defect as any other colored boxer.
4. They are not rare, simply a result of simple genetics. You stand strong odds of getting a white boxer when you breed flashy boxers or ones with the dominant S gene. Flashy is a term to describe those w/ white markings on face, legs, chest & belly.
5. These dogs are recognized by the AKC, however, they have limited registrations. A limited reg. will not allow you to breed. Therefore, are not show quality & not worth as much.
Hope this helps!


Rocky answered on 3/2/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Carly

About 25% of all Boxers born from two "flashy" parents are technically white by AKC standards.

Responsible breeders will include at least one "plain" Boxer in any breeding pair, which practically garantees none of the pups will be white.

Unfortunately, since flashy dogs win shows, many breeders don't care enough for the breed to follow that simple rule....

The reason this is bad for the breed is that White Boxers are predisposed to blindness and skin-cancer.

Here is more on the subject: www.boxer


Carly answered on 11/13/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Donovan Rest in Peace

Pure white boxers have no more health problems than do fawn or brindle boxers. Only about 12% are deaf.


Donovan Rest in Peace answered on 5/16/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer