hey was is you guy's input on merle chihuahuas, for you who have not heard of merle chis, they are a chi colored like a sheltie... anyway i want a merle and just wanted to know what you think on merles chihuahuas if they were really mixed w/ some toher breed to get that or they just popped up
Merle is a chi colour. Shelties aren't the only breed that come in merle. Need to find a fully respectable breeder if you want a merle chi though. They come with some possible health concerns, so you need to look more closely in locating a truely good breeder of one.
thanks mafiaprincess i will i thought it was a genuine color of the chi, but as i was reading and researching i found all these stories of mixes going in to it...but thanks hey check out this link and you'll see why i asked... :-) www.picassochis.com/merle.htm or could be merles not merle
Merle popped up in chi a while back. It came through the mill dogs and is belivered to have been crossed in. Sadly they where not able to catch it in time and DNA it and now it is considered a ligitmate color, but the bulk of chi breeders wont touch it they don't feel the color is pure.
The gene for merling in all breeds of dogs, from dachshunds to austrailian shepherds, is dominant, not recessive. You can't breed two non-merle dogs and get merle offspring. To get merle pups, you have to breed at least 1 merle parent to another that is normally pigmented. Knowing that, I'm not sure how this gene could just 'pop up' arbitrarily and thus, I believe it was almost certainly 'slipped' into the gene pool at some point in the past by breeding another breed with a chihuahua, most likely by someone out to make a buck with a new 'rare' color.
Merling has so many bad things associated with it, I completely understand why chi breeders dont want it.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 5/26/2006 9:18:08 PM*** Reason: add
Merle has "poped" up in pomeranians but it is not an accepted color for a show dog. AKC does not even have merle on pom puppy apps. They will allow you to register your dog as merle but you have to send in several photos with the puppy appilication and they have to approve it and keep the photos on file.