Merle Pomeranians

 

merle pomeranian

pictured above the Merle Pomeranian  Showcase  N  Bluemoon  501  Blues

owned by Alane Levinsohn - Showcase Pomeranians

The purpose of the site is to provide accurate and helpful information regarding Merle Pomeranians. Our desire is to present a balanced and unbiased look at the Merle Pomeranian.

Breeders of Merle Pomeranian have been great improvements to the Merle Pomeranians. The quality has improved quickly and Merle Pomeranians of obvious quality are now a regular sight in the show ring.

We have exquisite Champion Merle Pomeranians gracing our Show Rings.

A wonderful achievement by clever, knowledgeable and dedicated Pomeranian owners/exhibitors and breeders.

 

merle pomeranian puppy

pictured above the Merle Pomeranian   Showcase     N     Bluemoon     501     Blues

pictured here as a puppy 

Owned by Alane Levinsohn - ShowCase Pomeranians.

Newcomers to the World of Pomeranians should be aware that Merle Pomeranians are a very recent appearance in the Pomeranian World.
 
Many experienced Pomeranian Breeders have expressed concerns regarding the sudden appearance of Merles within the  Pomeranian Breed.


The fact is that Merle is caused by a dominant gene.

So a merle dog must have at least one merle parent.

Merle is a color combination in dogs’ coats. It is a solid base color (usually red/brown or black) with lighter blue/gray or reddish patches, which gives a mottled or uneven speckled effect.

Although most breeds that can have merle coats also typically have white markings (such as around the neck, under the belly, and so on), and often tan points (typically between the white and the darker parts of the coat), these are separate colors from the merle; some dogs do appear completely merled with no white or tan markings.

Merle can also alter other colors and patterns besides the usual red or black. These combinations such as Brindle Merle or Liver Merle are not typically accepted in breed standards.

In addition to altering base coat color, merle also modifies eye color and coloring on the nose and paw pads. The merle gene modifies the dark pigment in the eyes, occasionally changing dark eyes to blue, or part of the eye to be colored blue. Since merle causes random modifications, however, both dark-eyed, blue -eyed, and odd-colored eyes are possible. Color on paw pads and nose may be mottled pink and black.

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While most merle Pomeranian puppies are incredibly beautiful , there is important merle genetic information that is invaluable to Pomeranian breeders and purchasers of Merle Pomeranians .

There are  genetic problems associated with the merle gene, that breeders and owners of merle Pomeranian need to be aware of .

 

Research has shown that the merle gene may be associated with genetic problems .These defects can include eye anomalies,  hearing problems and impairment of sperm production .

MM MERLE DOG FROM BREEDING A MERLE TO A MERLE
Mm MERLE DOG WITH ONE NON MERLE PARENT
mm NON MERLE DOG

BREEDING MERLE TO MERLE POMERANIANS

Merle Pomeranian to Merle Pomeranian should yield 50% of the progeny merle, 25% black and 25% white. The whites produced from these matings may be deaf and/or  blind."

Merle is actually a heterozygote of an incomplete dominance gene. If two such dogs are mated, on the average one quarter of the puppies will be double merles ("double dilute") and a high percentage of these double merle puppies could have eye defects and/or be deaf.

Knowledgeable Pomeranian breeders who intend producing merle pomeranian puppies mate a merle pomeranian with a non-merle pomeranian dog; these breedings will produce merle pomeranian puppies.

 

Special Thanks to Alane Levinsohn of Showcase Pomeranians for providing Merle Pomeranian Photos.  

Visit Alane's Merle Pomeranian Site for more Merle Pomeranian Information.

Some of the information regarding Merle Pomeranians on this page has been sourced from Wikipedia.