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BarkingBill is offline  
Location: West coast of the USA
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07-08-2017, 06:47 AM

Should I buy a 10 week old Cocker with "Merle" gene?

Hi everyone. This is my first post. I love small to medium dogs, especially poodles. My neighbor told me that a 10 week old Cocker was available for sale in San Francisco and from a registered breeder. So I called and the breeder said the puppy is healthy, ready for purchase, and has the Merle variation or gene and that he was lucky that it was produced. Lucky? (Merle is my Grandmother's name). He said that he makes certain that the puppies mother does not have it and that the father does because it's irresponsible to have both parents have this merle.

This merle gene gave this 10 week old Cocker have different eye colors (one blue, one brown) and a mottled splotchy (beautiful) coat.

Looked at a few webpages and now I'm scared to purchase it. It's really really cute, lovable, active.

He wants an answer with 48 hours or he'll sell the pup to someone else.

I don't want to have a puppy with increased risk of disease or disability.

Anyone here have a dog with merle or a dog with two different eye colors? Anyone here have a dog infected(?) with this merle?

So should I not buy this unusual puppy?
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13-08-2017, 12:11 PM
I didn`t know cocker spaniels came in "merle".
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16-08-2017, 05:23 AM
Originally Posted by Jackie View Post
I didn`t know cocker spaniels came in "merle".
Nor did I. I thought that was a collie trait.
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16-08-2017, 08:29 AM
You only have to look on the internet to see that this is not a colour of a real cocker but has been introduced by so called breeders to make them "rare" and hence more expensive. It would also seem that they can come with health problems.

Buyer beware would be my motto
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