|Toto, CD, RN, CGC|
We don't do- doodles!!!
|Barked: Wed Nov 28, '12 9:41am PST |
|M & L, Lethal white is NOT the same thing in dogs as it is in horses. Double Merle results in too much white due to the double dilution effect. White (lack of pigment) affects vision and hearing nerves during development, hence the issues with hearing and vision. The only other fairly predictable issue can be skin problems, most likely due to the sensitivity of the white skin.
AND, these same vision and hearing issues can result in ANY dog with white in certain areas... ie, dalmations, pied Frenchies, Harlequin danes, white boxers, and others. In these cases, it has NOTHING to do with the merle gene, and to call them Lethal White is totally wrong.
Finally, as mentioned before, there are PLENTY of breeds where white with pink pigment occurs naturally in that breed. Again, this is NOT lethal, and doesn't carry any implications of ill health or future problems.