WHAT IS A MERLE YORKIE? About Merle "aka" Colored Coat Yorkshire Terriers!
As a Yorkie lover, I've always admired the Yorkshire Terriers breed. Here at Gemstone Yorkies we strive for optimum health introducing a variety of yorkie colors from America blended with European champion pedigree blood lineage. Although a merle yorkie💥 may seem rather new to the Yorkshire Terrierbreed, the merle pattern is not new. In fact, the merle is not a dog, it's a recessive gene within the dogs. When you research any dog breed you’ll gain an understanding that it took at least three dogs to get to your purebred.
With the Traditional Yorkshire Terrier,it took four dogs which included the Sky terrier, Airedale terrier, Clydesdale terrier and Paisley Terrier which is now extinct. "A recessive geneis a gene that can be masked by a dominant gene . In order to have a trait that is expressed by a recessive gene, such as blue eyes, you must get the gene for blue eyes from both parents". At one time you could only findtraditional (classic) colored yorkies. Any other colored yorkies were given away, discarded, donated, or worst; destroyed. Many skeptical long term yorkie followers and some owners absolutely refuse to believe that the parti, chocolate, merle, black, blonde, blueberry, blackberry, white, gold or any other colored yorkie is anything other than a kennel bred "mixed mutt". But unlike todays mix breeding of poodles, Shin tzu, Multese yorkies down to Chihuahua and yorkies making the pure breed look suspect. Many will say, 'the only color that yorkies come in are blue and tan colors', or they have to be mixed. Not true, all these other colors come from recessive genes that all dogs carry resulting in many colorful yorkies. But these colors have a mystery within each Yorkie that needs to be unlocked to achieve an array of colors These beautiful exotic colors were mostly founded over seas but was never spoken of or accepted here in the US.
What is a Merle Yorkie? Merle Beautiful,💥 fascinating, unique and exotic. With colors that do not fade in most case, unless the Merle carries the dilute gene 🧬. Most exotic merle yorkies bloodlines come from European decent and from over seas. Many are also top show dogs in those countries. Merle patterns are unique usually spotted or with piebald patterns. Merle gene🧬(M locus) is a pattern in a dog's coat. This gene belongs to the genes known to dilute the color of the hair, skin and the eyes. A dilution gene, dominant to solid colors causing genetic changes or (mutations) resulting in random patches of dilution of the pigment that affects the dark coat colors.a hair patterns with areas and spots of the diluted pigment mixed with the normal undiluted pigment that affects the dark coat colors. Merle is a pattern which can come in any dog breed. A merle dog can produce many colored coat puppies along with different colored eyes. "Merle" comes in different colors and patterns. Some may have blue patches throughout and are considered blue "merle"; there are other merle colors such as blueberry Merle’s which are mostly white, chocolate merle, blackberry merle, tweed merle (three colors in the merle pattern) lilac merle, and additional other Merle color pattens. Same with red and chocolate, although some describe merle as only a "pattern". DNA testing identifies the "Merle" gene but not the variety of colors and patterns seen in the coats of the dogs with the gene. A dilute black (BB or Bb) dog is generally known as blue, but a dog with a merle coat does not test BB or Bb but still is a blue dilute from the "merle" gene, The merle gene creates mottled patches of color in a solid or piebald coat, blue, marble or odd-colored eyes, and can affect skin pigment as well. The chances of having puppies that develop health issues increase when two merles are bred together. So it is recommended that a Merle dog ONLY be bred to a non-merle/non-cryptic aka hidden merle dog. NEVER breed Merle to Merle.
Is a Merle Yorkie Purebred? Well we can only speak on our line of yorkies, Yes they are considered purebred and have family generation bloodline pedigrees. Note: Depending on DNA test company’s Biewer Terrier which basically goes back to the same Parti/Traditional European Parti bloodline may or may not show, along with trace amounts of another breed that it took to make a purebred. Gemstone yorkies are in fact tested 100% Yorkshire Terriers. We also have DNA test to prove it with Embark.
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