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 shown as such)
The Facts and Fiction of White Boxers
Long ago, before people knew better, a huge majority of Boxer dogs born white were actually slaughtered 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 most white Boxers
are just as healthy as fawn or brindle Boxers with only about 18% born deaf. And of course, they are just as beautiful.
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. White coated dogs 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 sire and dam 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. They are not that rare and the vast majority of owners and breed enthusiasts believe that they should be considered a natural color.