Merle (coat colour in dogs)

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English: Merle is a colour combination in dogscoats. 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. Some percentage of merle puppies could have eye defects and/or could be deaf. Genetically it is linked to the Silver dapple color of horses and the microphthalmia Locus of the Mouse.
Deutsch: Der Merle-Faktor ist ein Scheckungsgen, das zu Fehlbildungen der Augen wie dem Fehlen von Linse oder verkleinerten Augäpfeln bei Tieren führen kann. Die Mutation entspricht der Pferdefarbe Windfarben und dem Microphthalmia-Locus der Maus

Variation in expression[edit]

Pattern combinations[edit]

Shade varieties[edit]

Blue Merle[edit]

Blue Merle with tan[edit]

Blue Merle And White[edit]

Blue Merle Tricolor[edit]

Red Merle[edit]

Red Merle And White[edit]

Mixed groups[edit]

Homozygous merle[edit]