Merle Genetics

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  1. ~Jessie~

    ~Jessie~ Chihuahua Power!

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    I've found this website to be helpful and informative for those new to merles. I thought this might make a good sticky... especially for those who are breeding merles with no knowledge about them. The merle gene can be dangerous if bred without research.

    Here is the link:

    http://bowlingsite.mcf.com/Genetics/Merle.html
     
  2. Bahamutt99

    Bahamutt99 Dafuq?

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    I know they made merle in the APBTs either a serious or disqualifying fault, mostly over concern that it was an introduced color, not something present in the breed. I know that if you breed merle to merle, you can get lethal white.
     
  3. Zoom

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    That's going in my bookmarks.

    A general question that I probably already know the answer to...do merle genetics play out the same way in all breeds?
     
  4. ~Jessie~

    ~Jessie~ Chihuahua Power!

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    ^^^ Merle genetics are the same for every breed. In dachsunds, they use the word "dapple" instead of merle, but it is the same thing.
     
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    Ok, that's what I thought. Sometimes colors vary so much within breeds that I just wanted to clarify.
     
  6. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    That's a nice site that I reference a lot. Just thought I'd add that.
     
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    We have had several lethal white Aussies at work. All from the same "breeder" I would assume. We still see one frequently as we have an agreement with her new owner to help with her health problems. She is deaf, has very strange eyes (Both partially blind and very photosensitive) and requires a completely vegetarian diet. And her fur still falls out in strange places. And her breeder doesn't care one bit. He dumps all his lethal whites at the pound.
     
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    That's a great site about an important issue.
     
  9. Melissa_W

    Melissa_W New Member

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    Ooops, double post.
     
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    my male bicolor aussie is the result of a merle to merle breeding, an "oops" litter , out of 6 puppies, 2 were deaf and lethal whites, 2 froze to death (don't ask),,and mine /his merle brother are about the only 'normal' ones out of the litter..

    very sad.
    diane
     
  11. OutlineACDs

    OutlineACDs Crazy Dog!

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    You may waqnt to recheck this because if I'm not mistaken it;s the piebald gene, which is not the same thing. In cattle dogs we risk deafness with the piebald gene but all dogs carry it and we breed blue to blue.
     
  12. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    Dachunds come in dapple and piebald- two different things. Dapple is the same as merle just with a different name.
     
  13. ToscasMom

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    I'm not a fan of merle dogs in general, but then that's what makes the world go 'round.
     
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    I adore merle in Aussies (obviously) but I'm still up in the air about other merles. Catahoulas being the exception...love them.
     
  15. colliewog

    colliewog Collies&Terriers, Oh My!

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    Piebald comes with its own set of issues, when there are issues that is.
     

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