Aussie pups and the merle gene... (bit of a rant) PUPPY PIC!
My SO and I are proud breeders of registered Australian Shepherds and today we welcomed 9 puppies...
Now let's talk genetics. Our female dog (Jitterbug) is a blue merle and the male (Bocephus) is a red tri. Jitterbug is heterozygous for the merle gene (Mm) as one of her parents was a blue merle and the other was a black tri. Since she is heterozygous, she will produce a merle puppy (statistically) 50% of the time. In fact, out of her first litter of 8 puppies, 4 were merles...
Today Jitterbug and Bocephus became the proud parents of 9 SOLID babies. As a math/finance major in college and a current benefits analyst, I did the math... There is a 0.2% chance of a heterozygous merle and a solid having 9 solid babies... Yes I did my research and yes I am confident in my calculations and reserach...
Why couldn't we defy the odds the other way around with 9 merles??? It's the same 0.2% chance!
Last edited by OveroHunter; Aug. 19, 2011 at 12:49 PM.
Well holy heck - I guess I need to take a day trip out to Southern Cross soon! I mean....an Aussie makes a good wedding gift* to my fiancé, right?
*DISCLAIMER: Puppies are not gifts unless both parties of the household are responsible and familiar with the breed of puppy they obtain from a reputable source and both are in agreement as to the purchase of the puppy.
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Originally Posted by talkofthetown
As in, the majikal butterfly-fahting gypsy vanners.
I suppose they can't/don't "merle out" as they get older? Something like my appy did? I breed Paints and I love to joke that my breeding stock colt and filly are going to "paint out" some day.
It can happen though. Someone dumped a pregnant cat on our farm about 6 years ago who gave birth to three white kittens. Not my cup of tea -- solid white kittens? Ugh. And then... and then... their Siamese markings started to show up. We were absolutely delighted!
I think the pups are adorable and sure to please!
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Kind of off topic but since you guys are the experts. I need a dog to trail ride (approx 4-5 miles at a time, 3/4 walking speed) My husband mtn bikes the same distance with the dog at higher speeds. The Aussies I have met seem kind of mellow. Would this be too much activity ? Sometimes the dog would do both in the same day. I have a field bred rough coat collie that has been doing this but is getting older. Her activity level is kind of like a slightly mellow border collie.
Solid as in no white? Solid black? Solid red? Not that it really matters. (spoken as the happy owner of a black bi and a blue merle). Parent's are lovely by the way but I'm with those waiting for puppy pictures!
Oh, and Liberty, most Aussie's tend to be pretty high energy. I only tried to trail ride with mine once though. They went a short way and then went back to keep and eye on the farm while I was gone.
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In border collies, we call the merle a "candy color"....I own a "candy" colored BC and while she is absolutely stupendous, she is not as brave or consistent a worker (on stock) as my traditional, plain jane black and white.
Color does not make the dog! I know it's easy to say that when you have people wanting merles though.