what is merle? why is it unacceptable?
My vet referred to my dog as merle then i keep reading how it is unacceptable. However i see a lot of red nose apbt that look like mine in magazines and on websites.Gale's Reply:
Merle is a pigmentation pattern that would cause your dog's coat to have a dappled appearance. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the merle color pattern of itself. It's considered desirable in a number of breeds. But, as far as American Pit Bull Terriers are concerned, it's not a recognized color. When people say it's unacceptable, they are talking about show dogs, not companion or pet dogs.
For a more thorough explanation of merle coloration, you may find this Wikipedia article
helpful. As to why it's not accepted in the show ring, I really can't say. But, I wouldn't worry about it if I were you. Just enjoy your beautiful dog.
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