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Old 02-18-2013, 06:02 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Long story short, I spent time with an acquaintance this afternoon and she'd recently gotten a "merle pit bull" puppy shipped up to Michigan from some southern state. It is barely six weeks old.

A quick facebook search on "merle pit bulls" brings up a whole bunch of jokers intentionally breeding for merle coloration; nevermind that merle-to-merle breeding almost always result in some blindness or deafness issues.

I took one look at her pup and asked how she wasn't sure it was a Catahoula mix? I'm not really hip to breeding puppies and my personal feeling is that it should be criminal to intentionally bring more unwanted pit puppies into the world.

I know that hounds are very popular down south, and Catahoulas share many characteristics with pit bulls. The "breeders" website is here:
Merle productions | Facebook

Is merle coloration really that common in pit bulls?
Does this seem even plausible to you?
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:27 PM
 
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That looks very much like a pit mix to me. More pit than catahoula IMO.

One of the reason I fell in love with my Frenchie is because she reminds me so much of my brother's beloved pit/dalmation mix, just a smaller version with a slightly smooshed face and big ears.

I think pits can be amazing dogs, but I don't think their background should be hidden--as I stated in my thread. I would adopt a pit mix, but I respect those who choose not to. And there certainly are places it would be problematic to own one.

If your friend paid for the dog, I would suggest paying to have a DNA test--runs about $75. If they lied, I'd suggest suing the breeder.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:31 PM
 
Location: zone 5
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I've just seen them (online) for the first time recently. I was curious too. Trying to read breed standards wasn't helpful. My guess is they are mixes. Breeders can tell people anything, and a lot of them seem to believe it. I vote pit/catahoula. Either way, pit bull breeders are some of my least favorite people. I adore my pitties, but too many of them don't get the good,long life they deserve.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:36 PM
 
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Is it just me, or is the name including "productions" kind of icky?
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:49 PM
 
Location: SC
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Never buy an animal from someone who cannot grasp the basics of 3rd grade English.

These dogs are mixes, and a genetic nightmare waiting to happen.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:08 PM
 
Location: zone 5
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Good point. Breeding merle to merle is a disaster, but I'd bet they don't care.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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he uses purina puppy/dog chow. Anyone who knows the first thing about dogs wouldn't feed them that stuff.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:32 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I have a Catahoula/lab? mix. She's played with pit bulls at the dog park. She has a longer snout and a softer mouth than the pit bulls...part of her mouth folds in to cover her bottom teeth most of the time. She has a narrower chest and head and less muscular build than the pits also. She's taller than them too, but that might be her lab half, I don't know. Her mama was full Catahoula and she was a good-sized animal.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:53 PM
 
Location: A little corner of paradise
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Pretty dogs. I have a hard time believing somebody is an authority on anything when they don't even have a grasp of basic grammar and spelling.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:12 PM
 
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Here are a few links related to facts and information regarding Merle coloration in pit bulls, . Hope these links help.
Official Pit Bull Site of Diane Jessup
American Pit Bull Terrier Network Merle and the Pit Bull
http://www.americanpitbullregistry.c...20pictures.htm
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