What About White Boxer Dogs?

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Boxer dogs have a few different types of coat colorings.  They can be fawn, which means that the bulk of their coat is a solid color ranging from tan to a deep red.  Or, they can be what is called brindle, which basically means that their coloring looks like that of a fawn boxer (in any of the aforementioned shades)—but, it is also overlaid with black stripes.  Many boxers also have some degree of white markings on their bodies and face, which is called flash.

In addition to fawn and brindle boxers, there are also white boxer dogs.  Some people think that this variation of coloring in boxers is rare; however, it occurs in about 10% to 25% or so of boxers around the world.  This isn’t all that rare.

What makes white boxer dogs white?

White boxer dogs do not really have a white coloring—they are actually absent of color.  According to genetics, white boxer dogs are really either fawn boxers or brindle boxers that simply have large proportions of their coloring covered by the white markings (the flash).

White boxer dogs only show up in litters in which both parents are flashy boxers.  It is genetically impossible otherwise for a white boxer to be a part of a boxer litter.  Here’s why:

•    Plain parent + Plain parent:  With two plain parents (‘plain’ meaning without flash), the all puppies in the litter will be plain.  This is because the gene for being plain would be the only gene present; therefore, no flashy puppies could be born.

•    Plain parent + Flashy parent:  With one plain parent and one flashy parent, the litter will be comprised of 50% plain puppies and 50% flashy puppies.  Only one parent has a copy of the recessive white boxer dog gene, so no white boxer dogs are born.

•    Flashy parent +Flashy parent:  Each flashy parent has a copy of the recessive gene which can result in white boxer dogs.  When two of these genes come together, a white boxer dog is born.  So, with these two parents, the resulting litter will have 50% flashy puppies, 25% plain puppies, and 25% white puppies.

Do white boxer dogs have health issues?

There are a lot of stories about white boxer dogs having health problems.  Apparently, because these dogs look different, people think that they have different health problems.

The bulk of the stories speak about heart issues.  However, white boxer dogs do not have any more heart problems than other boxer dogs.  These stories are simply untrue.

There are two health issues about which people need to be aware concerning white boxer dogs.  First of all, because these dogs lack pigmentation, they can easily sunburn.  Owners need to be careful about shielding them from the sun so that the dogs do not get skin cancer.  Secondly, more white boxer dogs are deaf than are other boxer dogs.  About 20% of white boxer dogs are deaf (at least partially) as compared to about 2% of other colorings of boxer dogs.

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Choosing Boxer Dog Food

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One of the first things a person asks the breeder from whom he is purchasing his boxer puppy from concerns boxer dog food. A person always want to know what the breeder was feeding the puppies, and what the breeder thinks the person should purchase to feed the puppy at home. After all, there are so many types of puppy food and dog food out on the market these days, and there are even more that are sold only through veterinarians or on the internet. Some people even advocate making your own dog food. So, it’s only fitting that anyone purchasing a new boxer puppy would question the breeder about what to use as boxer dog food.

Actually, it is a good idea to ask the breeder about feeding the puppy. This is because whatever boxer dog food the breeder was using, and whatever feeding program he had in place (meaning the times he fed the puppies) should be kept in place, at least initially. Any abrupt changes in diet will cause stomach upset in a puppy. So, if a person does decide to switch to a different boxer dog food, he should do so in a gradual manner, slowly introducing the new boxer dog food in with the previous type of food, adding a little bit more of the new food at each feeding until the new food has completely replaced the previous food.

Choosing a Boxer Dog Food

There are many sources of information on boxer dog food, and on dog food in general. A person can ask his veterinarian for suggestions and he can do some researching online about which types of boxer dog food are best. However, there are so many conflicting opinions and so much different advice that it can be hard to make a decision. Here are some tips on how to choose a boxer dog food for your dog:

• Remember that dogs are carnivores/omnivores—that is their nature. So, it is important to feed your dog a diet rich in meat protein sources. A plant-based diet or grain-based diet will not be as easy on your dog’s digestive system. Even plant proteins are not as easy for dogs to digest. Therefore, you need to make sure that whatever boxer dog food you choose has a high degree of meat proteins.

You can do this by looking at the ingredients label on any boxer dog food. Check out the first five ingredients. These ingredients are the most plentiful in the dog food. At least two of these should be meat sources—chicken, beef or lamb. Not anything like chicken meal or beef by-products. Of these first five ingredients, few should be grains (unless they are whole grains like brown rice, for example).

• Boxer dog food with corn products—such as corn, corn meal, corn gluten meal, or corn syrup—or wheat products should be avoided…especially if these are within the first five ingredients.

• Fruits and vegetables are good to see in any boxer dog food.

The bottom line—read the label carefully, and if it sounds like something a person would eat, it is probably suitable for boxer dog food.

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Choosing a Boxer for Sale

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You have done all of your research, and you have decided upon buying a boxer puppy—a boxer will be a perfect fit with your family, you have no doubt.  You have even investigated the various boxer breeders in your area, checking to see which are the most reputable and which are reported to be the most honest and reliable.  After all of that, you were even able to narrow down the choices to one breeder, and you are now just waiting for the boxer puppies to be born.  The breeder will have a boxer for sale for you; however, it will still be several more weeks.

In the meantime, you have been putting thought into choosing your boxer.  After all, there will be more than one boxer for sale, and the breeder has told you that you will get first choice of the puppies.  How are you going to choose?

Boxer Coloring
You likely already know that there are fawn boxers and brindle boxers.  Also, it is certain that since you have done research, you know that many boxers have white markings, called flash, in several areas on their bodies and faces.  There are even white boxers.  Perhaps you have a preferred color that you would like; perhaps not.  If you do have a preferred color, though, you need to be prepared in case none of the puppies in the litter have that coloring.  Will you still purchase the boxer for sale, or will you wait?

Additionally, you need to decide if you would like to purchase a show quality boxer for sale or a pet quality boxer.  The difference?  Show quality puppies (also called show potential puppies) typically have more attractive flash markings or more evenly spaced markings.   If you plan on showing your boxer, this will be important; however, if you are looking only for a family pet, this will be less essential.

Choosing From the Litter
Some people may advise that you let the dog choose you, rather than you choosing the dog.  This sounds nice, in theory; however, it merely results in the aggressive and bold puppies being chosen first.  These puppies may not be the best choice—a gentle and calmer boxer may be the best option.
The best course of action when you go to choose your boxer for sale is to stand back and watch the litter for awhile.  Look at the puppies and take note of a few characteristics:

•    See which puppies are quiet, gentle, and submissive.
•    Check to see which boxers are acting aggressive toward the other puppies.
•    Look to see if there are any puppies that seem to be snatching all of the toys.
•    See if there are puppies that seem to be picked on by the other boxers.

You are going to want to choose a boxer for sale that fits somewhere in the middle of the litter hierarchy.  In other words, you don’t want the litter boss, the one who is controlling all of the action in the pen; nor do you want the pup that is lowest on the totem pole.  These middle-of-the-road dogs tend to have the best temperaments.

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Raising Boxer Puppies

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Perhaps you have made the decision that a boxer is right for your family, and you have begun looking into sources from which to purchase boxer puppies.  Before you purchase your puppy, there are is some important information about boxer puppies that you should learn.  Knowing this information ahead of time will help to make sure that you and your family will have success in raising your boxer to be the dog that you want.

Important Times in the Lives of Boxer Puppies

You want your puppy to grow up to be well-adjusted, affectionate, protective—and well-disciplined.  In order to accomplish this, it is best to be aware of certain key periods of growth and adjustment in the lives of boxer puppies:

•    Up to 7 weeks of age:  This is a time of awareness and canine socialization.  It is crucial that boxer puppies remain with their mothers and littermates during this time period because they learn a great deal from being with them.  From their mothers, they also learn to accept discipline.

•    8 weeks to 10 weeks of age:  This is called the ‘fear imprint period.’  While most boxer puppies do make the transition from being with their mothers to being re-homed at this time, it is essential to try to avoid frightening the puppies.  Traumatic or painful experiences—being left outside alone, away from anyone, for an extended period of time or falling down the basement steps, for example—will have a much more profound effect on boxer puppies now than at any other time of their lives.

•    13 weeks to 16 weeks of age:  Many people call this ‘The Age of Cutting.’  Boxer puppies are both cutting their teeth at this time and cutting their apron strings, trying to be more independent (and testing out trying to be the pack leader of the home).  It is important to remember that biting is a sign of dominance, so do not allow boxer puppies to bite—no matter how playful or cute it seems.

At this time, it is appropriate—and recommended—that boxer puppies attend puppy training class.  This will help to establish leadership as well as teach socialization skills.

•    4 months to 8 months of age:  This it the time in the lives of boxer puppies when they have more of an instinct to play, chew, and run away from you (or at least not come when they are called).  Be sure to have either real raw bones or nylabones on hand for chewing (cooked bones can splinter, and rawhide is not recommended).  Try keeping puppies on leashes at this time in order to keep good handling of the puppies.

•    6 months to 14 months of age:  At this time, boxer puppies may be fearful of new situations and people.  Do not force the puppies into a new situation.  Additionally, do not pet or soothe frightened puppies—this is interpreted as being praised for being frightened.
These are the main important times in the lives of boxer puppies.  Keep this timeline in mind as you are raising your puppy, and you should have an easier time.

I hope this gives those of you that are frustrated trying to train your boxer puppies some tips to help you get started, let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment

Talk soon!

Jason

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Choosing a Boxer Dog Name

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After you bring your boxer dog home, there is something very important that you need to do—other than get him acclimated to the house and family.  You need to come up with a name for your boxer.  Some people know what they are going to name their boxer as soon as they see him; for other people, it isn’t quite so easy.  After all, a boxer dog name is a big decision.

Statistics say that if your boxer lives to his normal life span, you will end up calling your boxer dog name between 35,000 and 40,000 times.  So, you are going to want to choose a name that is easily pronounceable.  Additionally, if you intend to register your puppy, you need a boxer dog name that is no more than 25 characters long—and that the boxer dog name needs to be unique in some way.  It will need to be different from all of the other thousands of previously-registered boxer dog names.

That really seems to put the pressure on, doesn’t it?  It seems a whole lot more difficult to come up with a boxer dog name than, say, a name for a kitten.  Here are some suggestions on how to make it easier to come up with the best name for your boxer:

•    The boxer is a German breed.  So, you could go with some sort of German name from history.  Or, choose any type of current German name, one that is still in use today.

•    Boxer dogs are quite physically strong.  You could opt for a boxer dog name that represents that strength in some way, perhaps choosing a name from the world of wrestling or boxing.

•    If your boxer has some unusual markings or flash, perhaps that can inspire your boxer dog name.  Or, the general coloring of your boxer could be used as a basis for a boxer dog name.

There are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing a boxer dog name, though:

•    You do not want to choose any name that could possibly be confusing in any way to your dog.  For instance, do not choose any boxer dog names that rhyme with any training commands that you plan on using with your dog.

•    Select a name that everyone in your household can pronounce.  If, for example, your son has problems with the ‘s’ sound (and he isn’t a preschooler), opting for a name like “Susie” wouldn’t be quite the best idea.

•    Long names are a good idea for registration purposes; however, make sure that there is some shortened version that you can use as an everyday boxer dog name.  You don’t want to have to use a 5- or 6-syllable name for your dog all of the time; that would quickly get tiresome.

If you are the type of person who likes to go for something different, you may want to stay away from these names—these are some of the most popular dog names in recent years:  Max, Jake, Sam, Buddy, and Murphy for males; and Lady, Mollie, Suzie, Maggie, and Sadie for females.

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