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    Lightbulb Cryptic Merles.

    Hello !
    I am in contact with a breeder about her dogs and she says she has a cryptic merle.
    I have googled it, but don't completely understand,
    i read, "A cryptic merle is a dog that is genetically a merle but which is non merle in appearance"

    anyone know any more about it, ever seen one in real life?

    Thankyou
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    "Cryptic or phantom (as it's sometimes called) merles are dogs which carry a merle gene but are phenotypically (look like) tri, bi or self colored. These dogs will have some small area of merling somewhere, usually a tiny patch of merle pattern on their ear, tail, top of head, etc. Keep in mind the tiny patch can be only one hair and it can be located anywhere on the body. Cryptic merles are very rare. AGAIN, a cryptic or visible merle can only be produced when one or both parents are merles."

    NOW this gives me a better understanding, but i had never heard of it before now!...its kinda cool! i actually didnt know one parent had to be a merle for the pups to be either, i thought grandparents may pass it down, but apparently not according to the law of genetics.!
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    When I was looking into getting an Aussie Shepherd I was very interesting in information abut the Merle Gene. I found this website through a link someone posted. May have been on here, I can't remember, but it was very interesting

    The White Aussies Project - Links

    Complicated stuff

    Not sure it talked about Cryptic Merles though, I can't remember.
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