Monday, August 18, 2014

Meet My Dog Magnum: A Fearless Blue Merle

Yes, you read me right… I am a proud owner of a fearless guard dog which I named Magnum (from the popular Magnum Ice Cream). It’s a five-month old blue merle. He is no ordinary puppy -- this ‘poker face’ warrior exudes a lot of confidence, intelligence, robust muscles and excellent hunting skills.

Magnum

Once in awhile, he would ‘whisper’ to tell me he wanted to play. But most of the time, he is in a ‘serious mode’, barking at anything that gets near our gate. At a young age, Magnum has shown that he will someday be a dependable guard dog that will protect me, my family and what belongs to me. Cheers Magnum!

Magnum & Sarsi

BTW, are you wondering what is a blue Merle? Here is a short description of the dog coat called Merle.

Merle is a pattern or a distinguishing marking in a dog's coat, particularly the Australian Shepherd. This incompletely dominant gene can also appear in Collie breeds, Old English Sheepdog, Shetland Sheepdog, the Pyrenean Shepherd, Catahoula Leopard Dog as well as Dachshund.

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If a dog with a merle gene is mated on otherwise black dog will produces blue merle same through with sable (brown) dog produces a sable merle. The merle gene also affect the dog’s eye nose and paw pads coloring. This modification can result to changing dark eyes to blue and nose and paw pads may be mottled pink and black.