Is My Boxer White Or Albino?

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QuestionWhat is the best way of telling the difference between a white coated dog and an albino? I'm looking to buy a white boxer. (Marcos - California)

Answer

Genuinely albino animals lack all pigmentation entirely. This includes in the hair, skin and eyes. Animals which lack all pigmentation have no color in their fur or eyes, meaning an entirely white coat and pink eyes. If a dog has a white coat but colored eyes (brown or blue), this is only a white boxer. His lips and all other parts of exposed skin should also be pink. True albinos are extremely rare in all species of animal.

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