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Old 01-27-2012, 07:42 PM
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Default The genetics of color...

Or: Why my neighbors might need a good smacking.

Before I make an idiot of myself and screw up my genetics, let me ask a question. Merle is dominant, correct? Therefore, to get merle pups, you must have at least one merle parent?

My neighbors have a doberman mix female. She is an outside dog, and apparently went into heat about 4 months ago. Want to guess what happened from there?

The resulting progeny are now about five weeks old. My neighbors are convinced they are wolfdogs, because only a wolf could have scaled the 5 foot tall chain link fence to breed to Daisy. Never mind that we're very close to a major city and a wolf has never been sighted anywhere near here.

Mom is black and tan and short haired. 4 of the 6 puppies are blue merle and very, very fluffy. Actually, they bear a striking resemblence to the unneutered Aussie two streets over. Hmm.....

The further issue is that they want to take the puppies to the pound as 'wolfdogs', where they will immeadiatly be euthanized, as it is policy here not to adopt out hybrids.

So, if a merle parent must be present and merle does not exist in wolves, therefore, the puppies must not be wolfdogs. My neighbor will still probably take them to the pound, because he is not at all interested in looking for homes, but at least they'll have a chance to be pulled by a rescue if he doesn't claim that they're wolfdogs.

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Old 01-27-2012, 08:06 PM
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Yeah one of the parents has to be merle to get merle puppies. Calling it a "dominant" gene could be technically incorrect (I believe it is more accurately described as an incomplete dominant) but for your purposes, yes.

And merleing does not exist in wolf populations so far as I know...nor Dobes. Technically if mom's a mix she could be a phantom merle but the odds of that are extremely slim and not worth mentioning to your neighbor lol.

Good luck with this one...yikes

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Old 01-27-2012, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by StillandSilent View Post
The further issue is that they want to take the puppies to the pound as 'wolfdogs', where they will immeadiatly be euthanized, as it is policy here not to adopt out hybrids.
Does your neighbor KNOW that the shelter will automatically euthanize the puppies? Because, I mean, at some point it doesn't matter anymore what SHE thinks the breed is, it's what the shelter and the adopter thinks the breed is. Even if she believes they're wolf hybrid, why should she tell them that?

I think you're right about the merle thing, but I'm not positive.
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