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Boxer Dog Without White Markings

Boxer Question:

My Boxer is a of colors but with no white markings, what kind is he? Owner: Haliey Boxer: Julius


Hi Hailey. This is a good Boxer question; because many people think of these dogs as being fawn or brindle color along with white markings. The official Boxer breed can be can be a combination of 3 colors:
  • Fawn (standard)
  • Brindle (standard)
  • White (alternate)
Fawn Boxer no white markings
Now, there are also 5 types of markings that a Boxer dog can have. But, he or she actually does not need to have any of those markings.
  • Boxers without white markings carry the SS gene, known as the plain gene.
  • Those with white markings carry the Ssw gene, known as the flashy gene. 
If two SS Boxers are bred together, the resulting litter will be plain (no markings), with the only exception being a jump in genetics, in which case genes jump a generation and if grandparents hold flashy Ssw genes, the puppies may have some white. 
If an SS Boxer is pairs with a flashy Ssw, puppies have a 50% chance of holding markings. If 2 flashy Boxers (Ssw) are bred together, the resulting litter will be puppies with markings, unless genes skip a generation to bring in the white coloring.

When people talk of a fawn or brindle Boxer, they are usually actually talking about a fawn or brindle Boxer with white markings and a black mask. While this is a common color combination, it is not the only combination for this breed.

Therefore, if your Boxer is just fawn or brindle, he does not need to have any of the white markings.

He would just be considered to be fawn or brindle Boxer.

Puppies often change in color and markings as they grow. However, if a Boxer puppy was a fawn or brindle without any white, that dog would be registered with the AKC as a Fawn or Brindle and the Markings Section would not be checked off.
Brindle Boxer without white markings
So, your Boxer is simply fawn (which can range from a light, tan to a darker reddish tone) or brindle which is a striping pattern of tans and blacks.  The black striping can be thin and well spaced apart (showing lots of tan - again any solid shade from light tan to a darker shade with red tones) or it can be very thick (often referred to as reverse brindling or in extreme cases, seal. 

Below are samples of both colors without white markings. 
Boxer brindle no white markings
Brindle - A brindle colored Boxer is much different than a fawn. Brindle is a mixture of colors. There is always a base of tan (again, some Boxers will have a light base, others a dark base) and there will be striping (lines of a dark color crossing through the coat. Usually the overlay is black, but some dogs will have red or dark brown. 
Tan Boxer dog no white markings
Fawn - This is a tan color that ranges from light to dark and can have reddish tones to it.

It is solid and often described as the color of a deer. Though most think of this hue as being a light brown, it can also be a deeper, burnished red.
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