Recently, I was considering importing another boxer from Bremen, Germany. As I perused some of the German breeder websites, I found one that had pictures of black coated [with white markings] boxers. These dogs are striking in their appearance and are quite expensive. Are they truly “black?”
To answer that question, let’s redirect to a great site that addresses it in detail:
From Newcastle Boxers:
“More and more frequently we have been seeing ads for, getting questions about, and hearing from people who have purchased black Boxers. Sometimes……..
…..this is just a simple misunderstanding – the dogs are actually very heavily striped brindles, which some people call “black brindles” and mistakenly shorten to “black”. All too often, however, the dogs are touted as being solid black (with or without white markings).
The problem with this, of course, is that the Boxer simply does not carry the gene for a black coat color. One would think this would be the end of the discussion, but sadly there are still those who insist they have purebred, pure black Boxers.
Frau Stockmann, widely considered the mother of the breed, discusses these black dogs in her book, My Life With Boxers:
Lore von Eisleben, the granddam of both black Boxer bitches, had been a Bulldog bitch. During an exhibition she came into season and was accidentally bred by a Schnauzer. Even the breeder would not deny that…. I met black Boxers through their originator, Mr. Schachtner. He had bred them well, but knew little about good sportsmanship and stirred up opposition just by his personality. The extinction of black Boxers has to be laid at his feet. “