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The coat color of a boxer dog is either fawn (aka red) brindle with a black mask,or white "WHITE BOXERS APPEAR TO BE WHITE,BUT GENETICALLY THEY ARE EITHER FAWN OR BRINDLE WITH A HIGH PROPORTION OF WHITE MARKING . The shades of fawn range from a pale tan to deep deer red. Brindles have the same range of background colors overlaid with black stripes, the concentration of which range from just a few stripes to such heavy concentration that the dog has the appearance of fawn stripes on a dark background ALSO KNOW AS A REVERSE BRINDLE,OR BLACK BRINDLE . Depending on the shade of the base color and concentration of stripes, a brindle may be described as a ‘light’, ‘golden’, ‘fawn’, ‘red’, ‘mahogany’, ‘dark’, ‘reverse,or black brindle these are just descriptions though – the correct term for any shade of brindle is brindle. White markings are permissible, providing that these do not exceed 1/3 of the total coat.
White Boxers ARE NOT Albino AS THE BOXER BREED DOES NOT CARRY THE GENE FOR ALBINISM.Contrary to popular belief white Boxers can be reg with AKC & they can be registered with full,or limited registration however should be placed with limited registration white Boxers can not be shown with AKC conformation they can however be entered in all other AKC events such as obedience or agility .
A Boxer that is any other color other then fawn, brindle ,or white cannot possibly be a pure bred boxer because those are the ONLY GENES for coat color that exist within the boxer breed PERIOD !!!!
Reverse brindle is a term used by breeders to describe a very dark brindle Boxer also sometimes called a black brindle ....While not truly a color as AKC only has one brindle color ...A true reverse,or black brindle will be very dark ,BUT should have at least a few clear/well defined stripes showing threw .
Seal,or sealed brindle THIS IS NOT a color this is a term used by some to describe a reverse brindle Boxers that is lacking stripes & looks solid black .THIS COLOR IS NOT recognized by AKC & is a disqualifying fault for show in AKC or German shows these dogs may in fact be a brindle genetically however without at least a few stripes showing threw it is hard to know if these dog's are reverse brindle,or truly are black,and if truly black they are to pure Boxer .
Black : while not a Boxers color are the cause of A LOT of disagreement You would think these charts would prove to people that true black Boxers are not possible it is as simple as genetics ,and is very clear that Boxers simply DO NOT carry the gene to produce black Boxers.
One of the arguments is genetic mutation YES mutation can happen however it does not happen within so many different lines all over the country all the same time so this is not very likely .
Example of this would be the genetic mutation that caused albinism in Dobermans EVERY SINGLE white/albino Doberman,and every line that carries the gene can be traced back to one litter born in 1976 .
White, check and mismarked (parti-coloured) boxers
Although not acceptable for the AKC show ring white or check Boxers make excellent pets, AND CAN BE REGISTERED WITH AKC with full or limited registration .They can also compete in all other AKC events such as obedience and agility dogs. The color of a boxer’s coat makes no difference to its personality and the boxer's natural ability as a wonderful friend and companion. Around the world between 10-25% of boxers are white, occurring most frequently where it is common to breed dogs with a high proportion of white markings (flashy) together.
There are a lot of myths about white boxers being susceptible to health troubles. There is, however, no evidence to indicate that white boxers are more prone to health problems than their color counterparts, with the following exceptions: white boxers are prone to sunburn (which, as for people, can lead to skin and other cancers), so need to be protected against the sun.
Coat color inheritance
Fawn or brindle?
The coat color of a boxer dog is determined by the genes it inherits from its parents. A puppy inherits one gene for coat color from each parent. The gene for brindle coat color (B) is dominant to that for fawn color (b), with the result that if a puppy inherits a fawn gene from one parent and a brindle gene from the other parent, the puppy MUST be brindle. A fawn dog must therefore have two copies of the fawn color gene (because if it had one copy of the dominant brindle gene, the coat color would be brindle not fawn). For a puppy to be brindle one parent MUST be brindle Breeding two fawn boxers together can produce ONLY fawn puppies because neither fawn parent has a copy of the brindle gene to pass on to the offspring.
A brindle boxer may either have two copies of the dominant brindle gene (BB), or one copy of brindle and one of fawn (Bb). A BB (dominant) brindle can produce only brindle offspring, irrespective of whether the dog it is bred with is fawn or brindle. A Bb (non-dominant) brindle can produce both brindle and fawn puppies if it is bred with another non-dominant brindle or with a fawn. See the following diagrams for a pictorial explanation of the average litter results of various breeding pairs.
Fawn x Fawn = 100% Fawn (always)
|BB Brindle x BB Brindle = 100% BB Brindle |
|Bb Brindle x Fawn = 50% fawn, 50% Bb Brindle ||BB Brindle x Bb Brindle = 50% BB Brindle, 50% Bb Brindle |
|BB Brindle x Fawn = 100% Bb Brindle || |
Bb Brindle x Bb Brindle = 50% Bb Brindle, 25% BB Brindle, 25% bb Fawn
Plain, Flashy, or white?
White markings are also the result of the genes inherited from a dog's parents, with one gene inherited from each parent. White markings on a boxer results from the absence of pigment cells. This applies equally to the white markings found on 'flashy' boxers and to those whose coats are completely or predominantly white. The gene responsible for a solid coat color is the dominant S gene, while the gene that reduces the numbers of pigment cells is the recessive (s) gene. There are several different forms (alleles) of the s gene, which bring about different distributions of white coat. It is the extreme form (sw) which results in the white coat color of the white boxer. A predominantly colored (either fawn or brindle) coat occurs when the dog has at least one copy of the dominant S gene. Flashy boxers (those with white markings on the face, legs, chest and belly) have one copy of the solid S gene, and one copy of the recessive sw gene. White and check boxers have two copies of the recessive sw gene.
Note that plain, in this context, refers to genetics. Boxers without white markings are anything but plain (indeed, excessive white markings can detract from true boxer expression) and a better term to describe these dogs is "classic".
|Plain (SS) x Plain (SS) = 100% Plain (SS) puppies ||Plain (SS) x Flashy (Ssw) = 50% Plain (SS), 50% Flashy (Ssw) |
|Flashy (Ssw) x Flashy (Ssw) = 50% Flashy (Ssw), 25% Plain (SS), 25% White (swsw) |