|Barked: Fri Jun 29, '12 8:47am PST |
|Bruno: "Dylan, what breaks my heart is that merle breeding is NOT tricky- as long as you don't breed merle to merle, you can entirely avoid creating deformed double merles"
That's correct, but even if a breeder isn't breeding merle x merle, there are still so many related health factors that caution still must be used... there's a bit more to it. The genes that combine to creat the color are related to eye and ear health, even when there's been no merle x merle in the lines, it can still be iffy. They also can cause severe jaw structure issues, too. Hence that terrible jaw on poor Rosie. A breeder really needs to look at several generations to be reasonably confident in producing a healthy line.
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