Merle Dogs: A Beautiful Color Scheme?
The color scheme of a dog’s coat is one of its most attractive features.
But what does it mean when someone says “merle”?
There are two different types of merles, which have been called “minimal” or “extreme.” The first type consists of only one merle gene pair, while the second type includes two merles. These colors are often referred to as “mixed,” because they contain some white and black genes.
A few years ago, researchers discovered that there was a third type of merle, known as “minimal merle.” This type of merle contains no merles at all. This means that the dog will not produce any white hairs in its coat. It is believed that these dogs do not exist in nature; however, they have been bred into existence through selective breeding programs.
Merrles come in many varieties, but they tend to look very similar. They range from being brownish-gray with black tips to having a lighter shade of gray with black tips. Some merle dogs may even appear almost white! However, there are other characteristics that distinguish them from each other. For example, some merle dogs have patches of white hair on their legs and feet, while others do not.
Merle dogs may also have blue or brown eyes.
If you’d like to learn more about merles, visit the Merle Dog Information Center.
Why Do Some People Call These Dogs “Mutts”?
Some people refer to these dogs as “mutts.” This is an extremely offensive word that should not be used to describe any dog. These dogs are mixed-breeds, which means that they are the result of two different purebred dogs. However, this does not make them any less of a dog! In fact, these dogs have fascinating histories that are much more interesting than that boring old pedigree dog next door.
Creations of Nature or Man?
As our research has shown, merles are not a product of nature. However, they can be a product of man. This is because many canine breeds consist of genes that create the merle effect.
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