There are only two Boxer colors accepted as standard by the American Kennel Club (AKC): brindle and fawn. However, there are also purebred white Boxers.
Fawn, in particular, can range widely in shade. This can make it seem like there are many more accepted coat colors than listed in the breed standards.
In addition, all Boxers have black mask markings, and many have white markings on the face, chest, or other areas of the body. Brindle and fawn markings are also possible but rare.
In this article, we’ll discuss the three Boxer colors from rarest to most common and the four possible markings.
Boxer Colors From Rare to Common
White Boxers tend to be rarest since this isn’t a standard Boxer color according to the AKC. These dogs can still be registered with the kennel club as purebreds but are disqualified from shows.
So long as white Boxers have skin pigment, they don’t suffer from many more health issues than fawn or brindle dogs but have an increased risk of deafness. You also may need to watch them more carefully in the sun, but this is true of every Boxer color since their fur is very short. They’re prone to sunburn and related issues, such as skin cancer.
Albino Boxers will lack pigment and also have white fur–this is very rare but does come with an increased risk of health problems.
Brindle Boxers have fawn coats with black stripes. This striping may be subtle, or black may make up most of the dog’s coat (also known as reverse brindle).
The AKC breed standard specifies that the fawn color must be clearly visible, so the dogs cannot appear all-black.
Alongside varying patterns, brindle dogs can also have different shades of fawn in their coat, which we’ll discuss further in the next section.
The AKC describes Fawn as ranging from light tan to mahogany. This means that Fawn Boxers may have cream, orange, or red coats.
They will also have black masks and often have white markings as well. Fawn is the most common Boxer color.
Black masks are essential according to breed standards. The black mask marking surrounds a dog’s eyes and covers the muzzle as well.
This marking may be interrupted by a white line between the eyes or even white reaching down to the muzzle.
Many Boxers have white markings, but too many of these can actually disqualify them from AKC shows! They specify that white markings shouldn’t make up more than ⅓ of the coat.
White markings are also seen as “undesirable” on the flanks and back, so you’ll rarely see these types of markings in the breed.
It’s more common to see Boxers with white markings than without.
Fawn markings aren’t accepted by AKC breed standards unless part of a brindle coat pattern, but they are possible.
Boxers with brindle markings are quite rare since they don’t meet breed standards. These dogs won’t have a full brindle coat but instead patches of brindle pattern alongside a white base coat.
Can Boxers be Black?
Purebred Boxers are not black but may have black mask markings on their faces. Brindle Boxers also have black stripes in their coats and may even have more black fur than fawn fur–but they won’t be solid black or black with white markings as you may see in mixed breeds.
Boxer mixes may be solid black or mostly black and may look very similar to purebred Boxers. They may be primarily Boxer or have inherited more traits from their Boxer ancestry.
Fun Facts About Boxer Coats
- Boxers have short fur, which exposes their skin to the elements. This makes them more prone to skin issues, including sunburn and allergies.
- Their coats are low-maintenance, and a quick, occasional brushing is all that’s needed to reduce shedding and keep the coat healthy.
- Boxers don’t shed heavily, which is a plus for those who dislike cleaning up pet hair!
Despite having only three coat colors, there’s quite a variety in how Boxers can look! Each Boxer is unique, from the varying shades of fawn to the four marking types.
Summary of Boxer Colors from Rarest to Most Common
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