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Breeding My Female

by Sherri
(Indiana)

I have a female mini Aussie that is considered a "merle"... however, she has more black markings with a little white and tan on her legs and face. Her dad is a black-tri and mom a true blue merle. Ours just has more of the black from her dad than the blue from her mom. My question is can I breed her to a true blue merle male without any concerns over defects in the puppies?

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Never breed merle to merle
by: jcrply

The answer is a resounding NO. If she has ANY merle at all, she is a merle; she has the merle gene. It is good that you know that you should not breed merle to merle. And a merle is exactly what you have.

breeding
by: gayle--big run aussies

She is a merle. Sounds like a beauty to me. Love the dark merles. Before breeding, please count the cost. It is a lot of work for not much money. Don't forget all the testing that needs to be done before you breed with your girl and the male you decide is perfect for her. Hips, eyes and MDR1 are musts. ASCA requires DNA to register pups. Lots of money to get 1 litter. Lots of time and heart raising puppies.

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