Can pit bulls come in a “merle” color?

24 Apr

A few days ago, I was at the park and saw a pale looking pit bull. I inquired to the owner whether that was a mistake color, and she kindly explained that it wasn’t. It is in fact a color that’s been bred in pitbulls for quite a long time. I just had never seen one.

The owner explained that the merle gene was a gene that all dogs carried and no different breeds where crossed in to create the color , says it was a matter of selective breeding and gene isolation in the breed. Is this true does anyone know.. i know many breeds do carry the merle gene my neighbor has a merle great dane and she says its just a color same as any other color that most people make a big fuss about it because they dont know much about it so they kinda go off of the he say she say and what she explained as merle myths.

Many people debate whether this color should be bred, claiming that it’s a sign of a genetic deficiency. Others claim that the color has been around since the inception of the breed. Old pictures from AKC registered dogs in the early part of the century lend credibility to this claim.

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