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Let's Talk Merle

"Merle" is a coat pattern that can be found in various dog breeds. Merle dogs have a mottled or speckled coat with a marbled pattern of dark and light areas. This type of coat is inherited, and the gene that causes this pattern can also affect the color of a dog's eyes, skin, nose or paw pads. This pattern is often seen in several breeds, including:

  1. Australian Shepherd: Merle is a common coat pattern in Australian Shepherds, and it can appear in various color combinations, such as blue merle, red merle, and even harlequin merle.

  2. Border Collie: Merle is also seen in Border Collies, though it's less common than in some other breeds.

  3. Dachshund: Merle-patterned Dachshunds exist and are sometimes referred to as "dapple" Dachshunds.

  4. Great Dane: Merle is a recognized color pattern in Great Danes, and it comes in a variety of merle colors like blue merle and fawn merle.

  5. Catahoula Leopard Dog: The Catahoula Leopard Dog, also known as the Catahoula Cur, is known for its distinctive merle coat patterns, often with striking blue eyes.

  6. Collie: Merle is a possible coloration in Collies, such as the Rough Collie and the Smooth Collie.

  7. Shetland Sheepdog: Some Shetland Sheepdogs have a merle coat pattern, known as blue merle.

  8. Cardigan Welsh Corgi: This breed can occasionally exhibit merle coat patterns.

  9. American Pit Bull Terrier: Merle is a recognized coat pattern in the American Pit Bull Terrier, though it's not as common as in some other breeds.

It's important to note that while merle dogs can have striking and beautiful coats, merle breeding can carry some health risks. Breeding two merle dogs together can lead to a higher chance of producing puppies with a condition called "double merle" or "lethal white," which is associated with various health issues, including deafness and blindness. Responsible breeding practices should always consider the potential health risks associated with merle genetics. "Rare", "Beautiful", and "Designer" do not necessarily mean healthy and well bred, it generally means a higher price tag. Know the breed standard before you purchase your pup.


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