Are you looking for a merle bernedoodle? Wanting to know more about merle bernedoodles? It is a lot to take in.
1. Know the Breeder – Reputable!
2. Know the Parents – Healthy, Happy, and Type of Dogs
3. Avoid Double Doodles
Knowing more about the merle bernedoodle trait, other than how beautiful the dog appears, may make you reconsider. But then again, if bred responsibly, it may not.
What is “Merle?”
Merle refers to the color pattern of the coat of a dog. It is a dilution gene, meaning it dilutes or lightens the dog’s coat in places.
When you think of the merle bernedoodle, you may think of its beautiful characteristics in dogs: the whites, blues, grays, blue eyes… these dogs, indeed, are remarkable.
When selecting a merle bernedoodle puppy, please be sure you purchase from a responsible breeder. Merle puppies are known to have more health problems, primarily related to their eyes, ears, neurological system, and immune system.
Also, beware of “double merles.” A double merle results from a dog with a merle gene being bred to a dog with a merle gene. This will result in puppies that are significantly disabled, including but not limited to blindness, deafness, neurologic and immune issues.
Blue Merle Bernedoodle
According to the AKC, a blue merle coat consists of “solid black on gray.” The color variations you will see on the blue merle bernedoodle will be very similar to what you see in the picture above. Although not a bernedoodle, the traits are very similar.
Finding a blue merle bernedoodle may be a challenge. And if you do find one, expect to pay $3,000 plus for the puppy. This price tag is due to the rarity of the dog.
Genetically, the mother or the father must possess the merle gene for the puppy to express the merle coat. And even in that situation, a litter is not guaranteed to have a merle puppy.
*Make sure you know who mom and dad are! I have read reports of breeders mixing a “Bernedoodle” with an Australian Shepherd known to have the merle gene. The resulting dog is NOT entirely a Bernedoodle.