|Barked: Fri Jun 15, '12 6:20am PST |
what "host of problems" does merle have? Coming from a breed that has merle as a common color and not seeing any of these "hosts of problems" myself, I'm curious?
My dog is in fact a blue merle and she has no color or health related issues. It's actually a known thing that blues have harsher, more correct coats then blacks in my breed. They also shed more, but that's life.
Her coat is correct: wonderfully dense, double, harsh, and water proof, so no issues there with her skin. We do a plethora of dog related sports and she has no structural issues...
She has all of the drive of her black brothers and sisters and probably more. We do have fluffies in our breed, but they come in multiple colors, from brindle to red to black...
There are some known issues with the color "pink" in our breed, but I've never ever heard anyone complain about merle, OTHER then the fact that you can only breed to black.
Per our breed history, the original Cardigans from Cardiganshire in Wales were actually red and merle...we didn't get other colors until farmers started combining them with the brindle herder (giving us red and brindle) and maybe the scotch collie (giving us black).
I'm honestly curious here.
Also, piebald, which is another white modifier, does cause issues with deafness and blindness, at least in my breed. But, the piebald gene is completely seperate from merle, which is actually a mask like brindle is also a mask. We don't see any merle issues unless someone is creepy enough to have a merle/merle litter.
Edited by author Fri Jun 15, '12 6:28am PST
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