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Every dog is a cross of several other breeds and the Merle Schnauzer has the same humble beginnings.
Some people say that the Merle Schnauzer is not a true Schnauzer, that in-fact it is after the fifth generation. The Pom/Aussie is bred out of the schnauzer line but will keep the Merle color gene. All purebred dogs came from a mix of mutts at first. It took breeding the same line of dog to get what we call the purebred dog. It takes many generations to make it a purebred. This is also true with the Merle Schnauzer today.
There are Merle bashers out there on the Internet. Beware of them! They do not know the real truth about the Merle and the Merle Gene. Merle Schnauzers are like any other Schnauzer- except for they carry the Merle Gene. They say that the Merle Gene causes mutations in the breedings. This is not at all true if bred properly. You DO NOT want to breed a Merle with a Merle. This is where you will run into problems. There have been cases and instances where a Merle has been bred back with a Merle, and the litter ends up with birth defects and other abnormalities. This will also happen with any breed if not bred properly. For instance breeding back first generation dogs, incest breeding, etc. There have not been any documented cases with Merle Schnauzers that have been presented. We have been breeding Merle Schnauzers for 11 years, and have not had any problems, not any litters with defects. You will see all kinds of defects on the Internet but what you see is with Merle Chihuahua's. Nowhere will you find a case involving a Merle Schnauzer. They are just as loving and playful as any other Schnauzer!
Merle Schnauzer : Generation Chart
First Generation: 50% 50%
Second Generation: 75% 25%
Third Generation: 84% 16%
Forth Generation: 92% 08%
Fifth Generation: 100% 00%
The personality of these dogs are no way aggressive, they are very loving and loyal dogs. These little dogs love the outdoor sand playing with their owners. They also are great with children, as they tend to protect and look over their homes. All and all these little animals are great for anyone and everyone.
The Merle coat pattern you see on a Schnauzer now, originated from a Merle Pomeranian or Australian Shepherd years ago, which was bred to a Schnauzer. After that initial breeding, future generations of puppies were only bred back to Schnauzers, whose offspring are now coming back DNA tested as only able to identify "Schnauzer" in their genetics.Merle Schnauzers are highly intelligent, very loyal and loving. They get along well with other pets and love to travel with the family. Merle Schnauzers are great for the whole family no matter what age you are. They love children and spend much of their time guarding them and their home. They are tough, hardy and love to go on walks or just hang out in the house.
The life span of a Merle Schnauzer should be about 15 years with minimal health problems. They are great dogs for people who have allergies, since they have no shedding. The more generations of Miniature Schnauzer crossed in leads to less shedding.
Merle Schnauzers come in a variety of sizes, from T-cup (6 lbs & under) Toy (7-11 lbs.) to Mini. (12-15 lbs.).
Merle Schnauzers come in a array of colors: Blue Merle, Chocolate Merle, Cream Merle (can have Red tints), Silver Merle, Liver, Liver N Tan, Liver Pepper, White Chocolate, White, Black, Salt N Pepper, Silver, Black & Silver and all of these colors come in Parti colors too.
Merle is a dilution gene, it lightens whatever the color coat would have been. The lightening is not spread evenly over the coat, but leaves patches of undiluted color scattered over the dog's body. Merle gives a mottled or uneven speckled effect. Most breeds with Merle coats also typically have white markings (such as around the neck, under the belly, and on the legs), the white is separate from the Merle.
In addition to altering the base coat color, Merle also modifies eye color and the coloring on the nose and paw pads. The Merle gene can modify the dark pigment in the eyes, changing dark eyes to blue or part of the eye to blue. You can also have a solid colored dog with blue eyes (who is by a Merle) who has no other Merle markings, the blue eyes are it's Merle marker. In none of these cases will the dogs vision be affected. Color on the nose and paw pads may be mottled pink and black.
Spotted or Leopard: Spotted is a Merle who has a lot of dark big spots on the dog. Leopard is a dog with a lot of small dark spots on them. You can also have a dog with both markings. These 2 terms work with all colors of Merle's
If you want more information on the Merle Schnauzers, please visit Merle Schnauzers Club of America. http://merleschnauzerclubofamerica.com