Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Yes, I was thinking of Great Danes. I should have clarified that. There are other breeds where merle is just a coat color and has nothing to do with genetic defects.
However, because of the blindness/deafness issues, deliberately breeding Dane merles is beyond idiotic.
You're going to get merles if you're breeding harlequins, but not having them spayed or neutered when they do occur is ludicrous.
Why would anyone deliberately breed on a dog who has a genetic disposition to produce blind/deaf puppies, or go deaf/blind themselves?
I have a brindle bitch going on 7 y/o and love her dearly, but Danes are walking vet bills even as youngsters, so to knowingly breed on a genetic defect that can be prevented seems stupendously short sighted.
Last edited by Speed Racer; 02-17-2010 at 06:21 PM.