i found an ad in the paper for a merle chihuahua and the lady claimed it was a rare breed. just wondering if it is that rare and if it is really a breed at all because this lady is claiming to breed "teacups" for 35 yrs. just wondering
I would be cautious about buying from any small dog breeder from the paper. So many small dog breeders are perpetuators of puppy mills, and really only in dog breeding for the money. Chihuahuas are a VERY popular breed in puppy mills, because they are so small.
I'd advise anyone to take into careful consideration the breeder and their quality of breeding stock. Ask about the environment the puppy's been in, how many litters its mother has had, things like that, which will tell you about the overall care of the bitch and her pups.
I read, but I don't know how true it is, that merle is not an accepted color by AKC standard. It's a mismark and Chihuahuas this color are known to have health problems. I have also read that this color only came about because of genetic mutation, which they believe came from cross breeding Chihuahuas, and that is the reason for the health problems. Again, I don't know how reliable that is, it was just something I read once.
***Edited By: Huntersmom on 4/26/2005 6:14:11 PM*** Reason: added
Not a prob, dog colour interests me.. I'm trying to figure out patterning at the moment.
Well, merle in danes isn't showable, but rare chi colours came up a month or so ago?
And I was curious then and looked at the AKC standard again because someone mentioned there is no rare colour, and there is no undesireable colour (short of breeding blues due to genetic issues like furless patches) but bad breeders will do awful things as we all know.
***Edited By: mafiaprincess on 4/26/2005 6:49:20 PM*** Reason: so need to proof
It has some good stuff about Merles. They are not rare at all.
They are bad for the breed and should be eliminated frome the breed. Sorry merle lovers. but there is question about cross breeding somewhere down the line .Read the article and you'll get more insite.
The more and more i read about this breed the more i realize how much they are being exploited.
I don't think they are soooo rare that they should be a much higher price. I was talking to a sheltie breeder and he says it takes quite some time to have one of his actually give birth to a merle. Or I should say never could he predict when he would get one, it took alot of different breedings. But as for a rare breed, nope, just another chi just a different more unique color. They are pretty though.
Merle is one of the EASIEST patterns to achive in the dog world. The merle gene is a semi-dominant gene. If a single M gene is recieved in a puppy, it exists, it's present- it doesn't ride reccessively.
Therefore, any single merle has a 50/50 chance of passing on that M gene (and 50/50 of passing on the off "m" allele it's paired with). A merle bred to a solid statistically has a chance of producing a litter where 1/4 of the puppies are merles.
BUT- breeding merle is NOT for the poorly educated or naive. Because a pair of "M" alleles makes a homozygous merle (MM), otherwise known as "lethal whites", "double merles", "double dapples" and other titles- a merled dog should NEVER be bred to anything but a solid.
Homozygous merles are at high risk for birth defects, deafness,and blindness. It's horrible to see a tiny puppy born without eyes or ears- born without body parts- born stillborn because an important organ didn't develop. Born that way because someone was too greedy or too irresponsible (or just plain too unlucky), and bred two merles together.
Thus, having the merle gene in the breed you love is NOT desirable. Too many bad breeders forgoe breeding for health and temperament to instead concentrate on coat. I would NEVER pay more for dominant pattern- it is NOT a rarity or hard to reproduce. A single merle has no more risk for health problems than any other puppy- but when the merle gene is paired... :(
A breeder who tries to tout their dogs as a rarity is always someone to run from, anyway. Responsible breeders or rare breeds and uncommon colors and patterns know the reasons behind the rarity- and expect their puppy purchasers to have enough understanding of the breed to know the reasons, too. They don't need to use catch phrases to bring in the buyers. Yuck.
***Edited By: LongDogs4Me on 4/27/2005 9:17:58 PM*** Reason: .
You people need to wake up and smell the coffee! Merles (whether they are blue merles, red merles, silver merles, black and tan merles are a color that AKC just started registering about 5 years back. My latest set of litter papers just came in today with one of the alternate colorings being "merle". They used to be a "rare" color but now everyone is breeding them. And as far as one of them "winning"...talk to SISI Chihuahuas here in PA...her dog Flair has his championship....and there are many others on their way up in the ranks. I have several here I bred myself that are looking as if they may give them a run for their money. So stop bashing the merles. Bred correctly they are wonderful dogs and potential show stoppers.