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    Merle

    The merling gene is not only beautiful, but important to understand, since just like in all breeds, two copies of this gene (homozygous merle) can produce serious health issues. Although there is some misinformation about this within the Pyrenean Shepherd community, the gene for merling in the Pyrenean Shepherd is that same gene as in other breeds, so it does cause the same health defects. (See research article below.) DNA TESTING Merle – UC Davis (Listed for Pyrenean Shepherds) RESEARCH & ARTICLES Merle – SINE Insertion from Mc – Mh (Mary Langevin) An important resource concerning the merling genes. Merle phenotypes in dogs – SILV SINE insertions from Mc to Mh (Mary…