How do you get that color. What two types do you have to breed to get that. what if you breed two blue's ? what do you get? or is that bad? I know they say not to breed a Merle to a merle. how do you know what color you will get at all? Hmmm i never really thought about it. But is there a way to breed for a specific color? or colors? wonder if theres a web site that talks about this topic.
Blue in most dog breeds is a recessive dilution gene that's actually a seperate allele from actual coat color. IT's generally refered to as 'dd'. Any dog that was DD or Dd would have normal coloration. Any dog that was 'dd' would show up as blue or greyish on most dog breeds, depending on the normal coat color. As far as I know, there are no problems associated breeding blue to blue (or fawn to fawn in dobermans, as fawn is actually a dilute of red dobes).
Now by comparison, Merle coloration in dogs is actually an incomplete dominant gene. Merle dogs are Mm. normal colored dogs are mm.. MM dogs are what you can get from breeding Merle to Merle (Mm x Mm). This MM is strongly linked to deafness and vision problems up to and including small or missing eyes, and why a reputable breeder avoids breeding merle to merle.
Thanks Minni. I always wondered about these things, Because Chi's come in so many colors. There not like other dogs. Well most other dogs. When you think of a breed you think of one or two colors, but Chi's come in it seems like every color. Thanks for the info. Im gonna check it out.
I had a smooth coat blue & white Chihuahua & yes he had skin troubles. However they bred a long coat back in the line to a smooth that provided short but thick fur (I showed him in AKC confirmation). Poor baby ended up being my little walking pharmacy! So many health issues. I now have seen blue coats Chihuahua's that are completely bald where the blue fur should be. aka"blue dog syndrome"
I was going to say, I have never heard of blue being deleterious in great danes or in doberman pinschers which is what I usually think of when I think of blue dogs, though I have heard you have to be careful with harlequin danes as it is type of expression of the merle gene in danes. In addition, the dilution gene is responsible for the grey/silver color in weimaraners.
Blue Chi's, Blue Dobies, Blue Chows, Blue Pits, Blue Danes, Blue I.G's, Kerry Blues, are all prone to skin troubles. Not all have skin troubles though. My male Kerry Blue has itchy skin but it is controlled buy diet & a special shampoo with no suds. My female Kerry Blue has no skin problems. She just has a few loose marbles rolling around in her head......LOL! Bless her heart! ROFL!
This whole topic has just blown me away! By far does every blue ( I have chihuahuas) carry a skin disorder. My stud is a long hair blue with tan markings, he has never had a skin problem, he always throws blues in his litter and they have never had any problems either. his coat is very thick. Do not be discuraged in purchasing a blue because of this info.
Now what I do know is that some pets can recieve Demodectic Mange which is common in blues. This is actually a bug that is in the skin and can in most cases be treated. please check out this site for the info
I just got a blue fawn chihuahua puppy and she is a little bald on her head, but so was my other chihuahua when we first got her. She is a long-haired red sable, not a blue, and now she has beautiful hair. I think when they are young, their coats are still coming in. I'm not an expert though, just basing this on experience.
My boy Vinnie is a long coat Blue Chihuahua. My niece worked at a petstore (ouch) at our local mall. He had demodectic mange (so they said) and they couldn't sell him. Long story short, they gave him to me for free. He was so pathetic looking. He looked like a little rat without fur in most places. I took him home, fed him Life's Abundance along with my other Chi's. My vet said he saw no sign of mange and he would turn out to be a great pet. He's neutered now as are all my chi's and he's so handsome. He even has a blue nose! His fur grew in beautifully. What luck was that??