What is a Red Merle Aussiedoodle?
- Blue Merle Aussiedoodles (AKA Merle Aussiepoos) feature a trending coat color that has escalated in popularity in the past few years. It is no surprise that their beautiful patterned coat paired with their friendly and playful nature has made them highly sought after! Nevertheless, prospective owners need to be aware of poor breeding practices, specifically ‘merle-to-merle’ breeding that causes severe health issues.
- If you are interested in Merle Aussiedoodles keep reading this article to find out the all the answers to your burning questions about this dog breed!
What Makes A Merle Aussiedoodle?
- The merle gene is naturally present in Australian Shepherds so it is quite easy to breed a Merle Aussiedoodle. Merle Aussiedoodles are created by breeding either a Blue Merle or Red Merle Australian Shepherd with a Poodle that does not carry the merle gene. Breeders cannot cross a Merle Australian Shepherd with a Merle Poodle otherwise they’ll created a Double Merle Aussiedoodle.
- It is problematic when two Aussiedoodles that are carriers of the merle gene (M/m) are bred together as there is a 25% chance for each puppy born to be homozygous (M/M) for the merle trait. (M/M) carriers are also known as Double Merles and they suffer from severe health issues such as blindness and deafness. They also usually have little to no color in their coats and are totally white.
What Is A Merle Aussiedoodle?
- A Merle Aussiedoodle has a rare coat pattern which features mottled patches of various colors depending on whether they are a blue or red merle. Merle is a genetic pattern of an Aussiedoodle’s coat that dilutes random sections of the coat to a lighter color whilst leaving patches of their original coat color remaining. It may also affects eye color and skin pigmentation on the nose and paws. Merle coats occurs when an Aussiedoodle carries the “M” Merle allele and a negative “m” copy of the Merle allele. A Merle Aussiedoodle is (M/m).
- Despite the captivating look of a Merle Aussiedoodle, prospective Merle Aussiedoodles owners need to be aware that they are often a result of poor breeding practices and they are likely to suffer from ocular and auditory defects. That is not to say that all Merle Aussiedoodles are the result of poor breeding practices or that they will have these health issues but there is a higher risk than an ordinary Aussiedoodle.
Do Merle Aussiedoodles Fade?
Aussiedoodles may fade if they have inherited the ‘fading gene’ from the Poodle. Solid Aussiedoodles fade much more often than merle Aussiedoodles. Merle Aussiedoodles already have a very light colored coat so they won’t lighten much more. If they do fade, it will occur within the first two years of their lives.
Are Merle Aussiedoodles Healthy?
When bred reponsibly, Merle Aussiedoodles are just as healthy as Aussiedoodles that have a solid color. Health problems occur with “merle-to-merle” breeding which creates Double Merle Aussiedoodles. These dogs are at a high risk of suffering from severe ocular and auditory defects.