Merle is a very controversial issue in Cockers, and no one seems to know exactly where it came from.
What we DO know, is that merle cockers are here, have been around awhile and will probably be around for some time to come.
The merle cocker isn't just a puppy mill, creative color breeder, or back-yard breeder concoction anymore.
Merle is in most lines and ALL varieties of cockers.
are breeding their
merles to champions and champion lined dogs.
AKC is having merle cocker breeders register their merles mostly as roans. This is detrimental for the roan breeders, and other colors as merle can often be disgusied in some colors or patterns.
Your silence is only going to be fuel for the fire that YOU don't think it needs to be recognized because maybe you don't really think it's purebred after all and don't care.
Whether we like the merles or not, they are here and in our pedigrees
we ABSOLUTELY HAVE
to do, is to demand that these merles are listed with AKC AS
This link is to a letter written by the past President of the American Spaniel Club
about his views on merle. Please read and take action!
HAVE to get the
merle listed with AKC as a merle, and not as some other color
ASC, AKC, your breed
clubs and discuss it! Demand the merle gets recognized as what it is
listed as a PATTERN.
We have spoken with AKC about this on numerous occasions, and merle owners have sent in photos
of their cockers, and AKC has assured us that is is TIME, and they are contacting ASC about this.
Keep it up!
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