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Colours and markings of Boxers

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Boxers come in 2 official colours: fawn (also known as red), and brindle. Boxers also come in white. The Boxer Standard only recognises the fawn and brindle colours, however. White Boxers are not eligible for showing or for breeding, but make really great pets.

  

Boxers also come with a wide variety of white markings, and this ranges from virtually no white to quite a bit of white. The Standard allows for only 1/3 of the fawn or brindle colour to be replaced with white and any Boxers with more than 1/3 of their colour being white are referred to as "checks", "mismarks" or "parti-coloureds". These Boxers are not eligible for showing and should also not be bred from.

The term "flashy" refers to a Boxer with white legs or feet, white on the face, a white chest and white on the neck area, which can form a full white collar. A "plain" Boxer is one with little or virtually no white at all. Both fawn and brindle Boxers can have white markings.

Fawn comes in varying shades from light fawn to a deep rich deer red. Brindle is actually a fawn dog with black stripes running parallel to the ribs and covering the whole body. So a brindle can also range in shade from light fawn background to deep mahogany colour.

Below are examples of the range of colours and markings available in the Boxer. Please note that not all ranges of colours and markings are shown here. This is just a sample to give you an idea on the wide range of colours and markings you can get!

Photos reproduced with permission: Adriana Aulik ()

Various Brindle Colours


Golden Brindle (with flashy white markings)


Medium Brindle (plain - with virtually no white)


Mahogany Brindle (with minimal white)


Dark Brindle (with white markings)


Reverse Brindle (with minimal white)
Note that the brindle stripes are so dense that the dog looks like it is
almost black with fawn stripes!


Split Brindle (plain - with very little white)
Note that the brindle stripes are so sparse that the dog almost looks fawn.

Various Fawn Colours


Light Fawn (with white markings)


Medium Fawn (Plain - no white)


Deep Fawn (with white markings)


Deer Red (plain - minimal white)


Deer Red (with white markings)

White/Check/Mismarked Boxers


White or Check


Mismarked or parti-coloured

(Above 2 photos reproduced with permission - )