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Old 06-05-2009, 01:52 PM
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Oh and to clear up my view on them. I plan to own a merle chi someday. I will buy from a responsible breeder but it is still a registerable color here and I really like the look.
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What worries me in chihuahuas is that the amount of colours which they already come in - breeds which have merles don't tend to have lots of colours like chihuahuas do.

According to merle breeders it arrived from being a genetic mutation however I had never seen one until the last 8 years or so.
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Old 06-05-2009, 02:07 PM
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I must admit im a merle lover!
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Hi Everyone,

We hope that we can give some sort of insight...

Historically,...

All dogs carry the merle gene, some breeds have an active gene and others have dormant genes. Chihuahua's carry a dormant merle gene.

if there is a dormant gene it can not just switch itself on it has to be activated by a an active merle gene.

The only way to activate the merel gene is to introduce a breed / dog that has an active merel gene. So if chi's only have dormant genes then it had to be a breed that has an active merle gene, for example dachshund.

And so the merle gene was activated.... those puppies that were merleMm were then bred to a non-merle M+ (pure chi) and then those were again bred to another pure chi and so on. Over the last 30 - 40 years selective breeding with merle and non-merle dogs have created the pure merle chi. But in essence they are ultimately still cross breeds albeit very far back.

As already been mentioned previously, merle dogs of all breeds have associated health problems for example, deafness and blindness.

We hope this sheds a little light on the subject, ofcourse we are happy to answer any questions you may have.....
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:06 PM
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I have to say I like the merles too, and not ALL merle breeders are bad breeders, I know of some who are very carefull about their breeding, and all are tested etc.

The people I cant stand are those advertising non registered pups stating theyre rare blues, or chocolates, and asking silly money.

Even seen one advert saying "rare all black chihuahua" and asking over a grand for non-registered.

I would now never buy a chihuahua from someone I dont know, as they will tell you all kinds of bull if you dont know them. and I feel if you take time to REALLY get to know the breeder, and find the good breeders, it is worth years and years of waiting to know your going to get a good chi, and not just be told what the breeder THINKS you want to hear.
I dont care if it takes me ten years to find my show chihuahua, I am prepared to wait and only get from a breeder I have got to know over time.
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Old 06-05-2009, 09:07 PM
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I obviously love merles being as I have 2 myself...
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Old 06-06-2009, 05:08 AM
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some merle are too over marked if that makes sense lol

merlie and tequila are nicely marked

not sure who said it but yea not all breeders of merles are bad like i said in a post that if you get a well bred one i don't see anything wrong with them
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Can someone tell me what the different color shades of merles are? The only one I know is blue.
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