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Old 02-25-2006, 10:43 PM
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I just can't stop smiling. He's pretty big for his age but sooooooo small! Tucker looks like a giant! Here's a few sneak previews..




And here is Tucker's reaction:
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Old 02-25-2006, 10:56 PM
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Oh wow....he is gorgeous and what a beautiful colour! Is he a blue merle?
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Old 02-25-2006, 10:57 PM
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aren't merles a bad color? Aren't they blind? My breeder told me that they shouldn't be sold or bred.

He is cute though
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:05 PM
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Thanks guys!

Merles are obviously not blind, Jasper see's just fine. There is a lot of controversy about the Merle color in chihuahuas because its supposedly not a "natural" color combination and therefore must have been bred in from another breed. That is not here nor there for me. I have always LOVED the Merle coats and when I realized I could have my favorite dog in my favorite coat I set out to have one. And, I lucked out totally, he's gorgeous and has a GREAT personality.

I do understand that there is a danger in breeding Merles, especially if you breed 2 merle carriers together, that causes defects including blindness or eye issues. The same can be said of other genetic color combinations in other breeds/animals (IE: the "lethel white" in horses). To breed merles responsibly, one must be sure to not breed 2 carriers together. As with many other traits, the merle gene might not be apparent in the parent coat but the parent can still throw the gene.

Again, I'm not a breeder and I am not concerned with all the shoulds and should nots, I think there will always be contrasting opinions on a variety of aspects of any breeding issue. I do not plan to breed, I am having nuetered, I checked his parentage and to the best of my understanding he does not the dual gene. I am being responsible.
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:24 PM
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omg he is so gorgeous!!!!
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:28 PM
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Love the colour he is too cute, a real sweetheart .
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:32 PM
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oh i just heard they are bad. he looks like an aussie.

i just always thought that merles and blue chihuahuas and fawn chihuahuas were bad colors. They can be blind, there fur can fall out, and they don't look like chihuahuas.
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:35 PM
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you new little one is sooooooooooooooooooooo cute im in love i love his colors im a huge merle fan !!
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