The Boxer is a very interesting breed in regard to color. Some breeds can have over 15 color combinations!
The Boxer has only 3 distinct colors combinations:
Fawn with white and black markings
Brindle with white and black markings
White - sometimes with black or fawn patches, also know as a "Check" Boxer.
For info on Black Boxers, click here. We will discuss the meaning of Fawn and Brindle as it can be quite a range of colors on this dog breed. Not sure what color your Boxer is? Our guide will let you know! Click here for the facts regarding Black Boxer dogs.
What exactly is the color fawn in regard to dogs? This sample is a golden fawn. However, as you will see, fawn is a range of hues.
This is a fawn Boxer. This fawn is the standard for the term. With white markings on the chest, paws, ankles and face and with black on the muzzle, this Boxer meets breed standards perfectly.
This is a red fawn Boxer. As you can see, this fawn is darker and deeper, producing a slight shading of red.
If a Boxer has more than 1/3 of white on their body, this dog will be classified as Parti-color. Which simply means that the dog is not officially fawn, she is a mix of colors.
A full white Boxer is not as rare as some think. About 1 in 4 Boxers are white or mostly white. Although not recognized as breed standard to some dog clubs; a white Boxer is truly beautiful. However, sadly is prone to deafness.
What is brindle? This sample is Boxer brindle. It is a fawn with black mixed in. The brindle Boxers can also come in a range of hues from light to dark.
This is a brindle Boxer. This Boxer shows the standard brindle color. With white on his chest, paws, ankles and face and black on the muzzle, this Boxer also meets breed standards perfectly.
This Boxer is a dark brindle. As you can see, with dark brindle the black is over powering the fawn color.
A white Boxer with a patch of another color, such as this Boxer with a fawn patch on the eye may be classified as a "Check" Boxer, however there are no official set guidelines and most Checks have at least 30-40% color.
Boxer Dog Flash
The white markings on this breed are called "flash". If a Boxer has a moderate amount, one often refers to this as semi-flashy. Those with prominent, white on a good portion of the coat are called flashy. There is no exact of percentage that qualifies a Boxer as either having flash or being flashy, however a 30/70 fawn (or other color) to white would be a safe ratio. In show, not more than 33% (1/3) of white "flash" markings should cover the dog's coat.
This type of striping is often referred to as tiger stripes. This is a German (European) "Tiger" Boxer
Not all Boxers have white markings. These are known as plain Boxers, but the term is misleading, as it refers to the genes at work. Read more: Boxers without White Markings
Brindle (one of the colors of this breed) is actually a pattern. Stripes running through the coat (partial or full) is brindling. These are often black hairs, but may be any color that is a darker shade than the hairs that run under it. Depending on the exact color of these brindling pattern stripes, one may refer to a Boxer using one of the following terms (listed in order from a very light brindle to a heavy dark striping): Light - super light
Seal - very heavy
No matter which term above is used to describe the dog, he/she is technically a brindle (registered and showed as such)
The Facts and Fiction of White Boxers
Long ago, before people knew better, all Boxer dogs born white were actually killed at birth! Naive thinking being that an all white Boxer would have health problems and most certainly be deaf. This way of thinking is now gone as the world knows that white Boxers are just as healthy and beautiful as fawn or brindle Boxers. Despite rumors, they have the same behavior and temperament as any other.
Are white dogs albino dogs? No. There are very few true albino dogs in the world. If so, they will have no color at all on their body. These will have a black nose and muzzle and may have a patch of another color.
Are white Boxers rare? Over 20 percent of Boxers are born white. This happens when both father and mother carry a white gene in their DNA. However, because of the stubbornness of a few dog clubs (the American Kennel Club is one of them) excluding white Boxers from the breed standard, some backyard breeders will not allow white Boxers to live! This Medieval practice has animal rights activists up in arms and most Boxer lovers hope that one day white Boxers will be accepted into the breed standard as they should: they are not that rare and should be considered a natural color.