The REAL purpose is to hopefully get merle recognized as a pattern option so they will not be registered as roans.
There have ALREADY been too many cases of people buying a merle thinking it was roan.
If there is NO WAY to distinguish between the two SOON on AKC papers, we are headed for some REAL problems.
Merle breeding is really in it's infancy.
We keep up the way we are, six years from now, we are going to be facing a disaster and not only will ASC have the sables DQ'd, roan will
go right along with it because no one will legitimately know if a roan is indeed a roan and not a merle.
Look what has happened to the sable- do we want that happening with roan, too???
And AKC would not nullify all past merles in the first place.
If it were proven without a doubt that merle is from an outside gene, ASC would make the decision what to do, not AKC.
If they decided to not acknowledge them as purebred and remember the 5 generation purity rule, any dogs registered that month would be
DQ'd and all future offspring wouldn't be eligible for registration.
How could they tell what is a merle in the first place when they're all registered as roan anyway?
Send a rep to every person's home for on eyeball on every dog that is registered as a roan?
LOL, not gonna happen.
They are safe.
personal opinion is that the sables got thrown out..not because of the
color..but a personal vendetta against a well-know sable breeder.
have to remember the mindset of ASC. To them, there are only 4 acceptable
colors- buff, black, r/w and b/w. If browns came to the mainstream during
the age of the internet, I bet you they'd have had a real hard time, too,
not that they didn't. It's an "old school" board and they don't like change.
Some of the old-timer's don't even like partis, lol.
understand this is not a witch hunt, it's a fact finding mission, all opinions
are welcome and with discussion comes knowledge,
Our present day cockers came to be because of other dogs bred into their pedigrees years ago...and when I say years, am talking maybe 100 or more. If I am not mistaken a spaniel who is now extinct was part of this too..
Doesn't that make this merle gene then after so many generations something that has become part of the dog no matter how it was introduced?
Not saying it wasn't a mutation..just giving both sides of this issue the benefit of the doubt..
My thoughts are ok, we figured out the (maybe) how and why...so now since it is here, how do we teach John Q. Public the dangers and responsibilities of these dogs?
Wouldn't it be better to try to work with all these "unique" cocker breeders, not putting them down, but having them agree to spay/neuter any dogs they sell...thereby keeping those who don't have a clue on genetics or the problem from breeding what they get with those potential problems?
Learning is one of the best things we humans do..and if we approach people with our concerns, am hoping that anyone who really cares would listen.
surprised at all the controversy surrounding this color.