Merle Pomeranains

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This is a page dedicated to Merle pomeranian puppies that have been born here at Dee Dee’s poms through the years. I will add new photos as I am able to in order to give you an idea of the variety of merles and the interesting colors and patterns they come in.

Merles are a fairly recent addition to the world of Pomeranians and still a bit controversial, although AKC is now accepting this color and even championed some beautiful merle poms.

The Merle effect in the pomeranian is caused by a dominant gene, so one of the parents in all merle breedings must be a merle in order to have a merle puppy.  There is a 50% chance of having a merle in a breeding with one merle and one non merle pom.

Merle is a color combination in dogs’ coats. It is a solid base color (usually red/brown or black) with lighter blue/gray or reddish patches, which gives a mottled or uneven speckled effect.

A merle dog can be completely merled (from a solid black, etc.)  or it can have additional colors in the coat…sometimes white markings, sometimes a “parti”, or possibly  tan markings as a black & tan pup would have.  All combinations are beautiful. 

Merle can also alter other colors and patterns besides the usual red or black. These combinations such as Brindle Merle or Liver Merle are more rare in this breed.

In addition to altering the base coat color, the merle gene can also modify eye color and coloring on the nose and paw pads. The merle gene modifies the dark pigment in the eyes, occasionally changing dark eyes to blue, or part of the eye to be colored blue, sometimes in both eyes, sometimes in only one eye. Coloring on the skin and paw pads can also have the merle spotting…may be pink or black. 

The Blue Merles are black pups that have been “merled” creating a gorgeous weaving of grays/blue, silver and black.   If the pup is a “parti” with white areas, the colored area may be “merled” to create an even more interesting variety.

Orange pups and Cream colors and even Chocolates can be “merled”.  The oranges and creams very often will lose the merle patterning as they mature and it would be difficult to know that they were indeed merles.  That is why, especially if breeding, it is very important to know if the pup is a merle.  There are health risks associated with breeding ice white to merles or merles to merles….so please be sure you know if you are making the decision to breed for these beautiful creatures.

Of course, none of these babies are for sale….they have all found their forever homes, but if you want to see our current pomeranian puppies for sale, you can go to the “pomeranian puppies for sale” page or just click on the yellow button that says “available puppies”  on the right hand side of the home page.
Enjoy!

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