Unusual Merling

by Nicholle

Hi, I recently found a breeder who breeds Minis in my state and have made the decision to purchase from her. I waited on her litter, and she had two males that were produced, for me to choose from since I had a gender preference. One is a red bi, the other, a red merle. The parents are a red merle and red tri. She asked me which one I wanted since I have first pick, and I excitedly chose the red merle pup. She had to know that day since I have chosen for my puppy to keep its tail and she is taking them the same afternoon to have their tails docked.

But the only thing is... most of his head, except one ear, is white. He has regular merling everywhere else. It's just that he has a white head and one white ear. Should I be concerned? He is NOT from a double-merle breeding, but still, I've never owned a special-needs dog, so if he DID turn out deaf in one ear, while I'm sure I'd still love him, I don't know if I'd know how to help him. I just want what's best for the puppy when he comes home.

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