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What Are The Long Term Health Effects On A Puppy From A Double Merle Breeding?



Hi, so I was looking at this red merle puppy and fell in love with him but found out that both his parents are blue merle.

He looks totally normal to me and I have been reading about this "double merle" thing but he seems to have the normal coloring of a red merle. So I was wondering is it always bad when the parents of the puppy are both merle and if I get him does it mean that he will be prone to having more trouble later in life?

Above are two pictures that I took of him, the one where he is standing I kind of caught him when he was trying to potty.

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Not sure
by: Shaun

But your puppy is adorable! I though it was bad when both were merles and the pup had a completely white face. Yea, doesn't sound like sound genetic science so hopefully someone who knows can chime in. We have a red merle pup as well :)

Double Merle
by: Anonymous

He is beautiful but a double merle can have problems. Blindness and deafness are common. A merle to merle is the result of irresponsible breeding.
If I were purchasing an Aussie I would not select him. :(

More Info About Double Merles
by: Anton

You can find more info about double merle or homozygous merle Australian Shepherds here.

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