australian koolies

anonymous asked:

Do you know of a list of breeds that do naturally come in merle? I love the pattern (though I understand the drawbacks of the recessive nature), but it's hard to know whether the merle is something that was crossed out to achieve or not sometimes.

I’m sorry, idk why I said recessive 🤦🏼‍♀️ They’re not. A lot of breeds come in merle, here are a few!

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs, Australian Shepherds, Australian Koolies, Shetland Sheepdogs, Border Collies, Smooth & Rough Collies, Cardigan Corgis, Pyrenean Shepherds, Bergamasco Sheepdogs, Old English Sheepdogs, Catahoula Leopard Dogs, Dachshunds, Cocker Spaniels, Great Danes, & Beaucerons.

Some breeds that can be seen in merle, like we’ve learned with these GSDs, can be a result of outcrossing. Poms, Chihuahuas, & Boston Terriers have been seen merle, but it isn’t a gene they carry.

Minerva is a part albino, partially blind & completely deaf Australian Koolie. We went to our local shelter to find a friend for our little man Sirius. We were concerned for our ability to look after a special needs puppy but after hearing she’d been there her entire 3 month life - excluding a week with a family who decided she didn’t fit - i couldn’t leave her there. She’s extremely clever so between all of us we worked out hand signals & things pretty quickly. And almost 4 years down the track she’s been a great sparring partner for Sirius and more recently a friend to help him through lens luxation and 2 surgeries that have left him totally blind at 6yo. She’s also a major daddy’s girl and her favourite thing in the world is to lounge across Dads lap enjoying a nice cuddle!