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  1. I do NOT breed for color and just bred a litter from two strong working lines that happened to produce a true blue puppy. Not a blue merle, which is a black and white dog with a merle pattern; but a blue and white dog with a merle pattern. He seems very healthy and is the biggest pup in the litter and is very outgoing, confident and gregarious and has color on his eyes and ears, but is also white factored. I'm trying to decide which pup to keep for herding and sports and wondered if any of you feel the dilute dogs carry other color linked genetic problems because they are dilute? I seem to remember a few of the blue dogs I've come across over the years having Alopecia; but also other problems like digestive and neurological problems and just weird stuff that seems to be outside the range of normal? Coincidence? I can BAER test DNA test for MLPH (color dilution alopecia.) Just wondering what experience you guys have with the dilute dogs? I have done research and know about Collie Blue disease and the Alopecia, both of which can be DNA tested. But there is no scientific research on other associated issues, so just wondered about anecdotal evidence you might have? I'm not choosing a puppy because of color, but I also don't want to NOT keep a puppy based on color.
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