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It can only be said that dogs with the Mel gene have slightly more health problems than other dogs. Dogs with two copies of the merle gene have a higher chance of hearing dumbness and visual impairment. Currently, only three breeds have been recognized by the British Kennel Club for the health risks associated with homozygous Merle dogs and the registration of puppies has been suspended. A large number of recent studies have shown that most health problems occur in dogs that carry both piebald and Mel genes.
Dogs with two copies of the merle gene have a higher chance of deafness and visual impairment. Mel to Mel mating is currently prohibited in only three varieties. Recent studies have shown that most health problems occur in dogs that carry both piebald and Mel genes. Inhibition of pigment cells (melanocytes) in the stria vascularis of the iris and cochlea (inner ear) leads to blue eyes and deafness. Waardenberg syndrome is an auditory pigmentation disorder in humans, which reflects some of the problems of heterozygous and homozygous Merle dogs, and genetic studies have been carried out in dogs to better understand the genetic basis of this human disease.
Dogs with the Mel gene are more rare than other dogs. So their prices will vary with the breed of dog. Generally speaking, the price of a blue Merle Border Collie puppy is estimated to be between 600 and 4,500 US dollars. Merle's genes produce spots in solid or variegated coats, blue or strangely colored eyes, and also affect skin pigmentation. Some breeds that may be affected by this genetic trait are the Australian Shepherd and Catahoula. People are most familiar with the Australian Shepherd.
Merle has different colors and patterns, which may affect the color of all coats. Merle's genes produce mottled spots in solid or variegated coats, blue or strangely colored eyes, and also affect skin pigmentation. Some breeds that may be affected by this genetic trait are the Australian Shepherd and the Catahoula Leopard Dog. The most unique thing about harlequin dogs is that harlequin dogs will show their own unique coat pattern. Their basic coat color is white. At the same time, in addition to the most white, the harlequin dog's fur surface will have many black spots and spots . The most familiar Harlequin is the Great Dane.
If it is a dog with the Mel gene, it will generally show a normal Merle (Mm) coat pattern, so for owners who want to buy a Mel gene, it is difficult to determine whether they actually have Double Mel genes. Because there is almost no difference in the dog's coat. Puppies with the Mel gene usually have blue eyes. If you want to distinguish between double mel and mel, you can consult your local veterinarian about the precautions when buying a dog.
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