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Old 02-12-2007, 10:33 PM
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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.

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http://bowlingsite.mcf.com/Genetics/Merle.html
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Old 02-13-2007, 01:20 PM
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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.
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Old 02-13-2007, 01:24 PM
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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?
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:31 PM
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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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Old 02-13-2007, 02:48 PM
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Ok, that's what I thought. Sometimes colors vary so much within breeds that I just wanted to clarify.
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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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Old 02-13-2007, 05:20 PM
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That's a great site about an important issue.
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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..

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