I would like to
present a view from someone who is breeding the merle genetic
pattern and directly affected by the anti merle activists in their
campaign to have the merle pattern disqualified (from the show ring)
within the standard of the Chihuahua breed.
Feb 4, 2008 | TheDogPress
by G. Curran, Chihuahua breeder
I believe a public ''thank you'' is in
order for Mr. Gladstone.
I have been raising and showing dogs since
1969. During this time period I have accumulated well over 100 breed
titles and 30 plus obedience titles. I have been breeding and
showing Chihuahuas since 1988 and have many [50 plus] champion
titles on the Chihuahuas I have bred, including the #2 Smooth in
1999. Genetics was one of my main courses in college. I searched far
and wide and to obtain my merle foundation Chihuahua stud, who has
been DNA tested “pure”, meaning no other breed is found in his
genetic make-up. He has produced 3 champions to date.
Information being circulated by the anti-merle
activists is either outdated or has been totally fabricated. To my
knowledge, no merle breeder, including myself, has had a CERF or
BAER test on any Merle come back anything but normal.
Non-visible and visible merle Chihuahuas have
been around for a great many years, but were ''culled'' or sold to
pet homes. Now there are many titled, visible and non-visible merle
patterned Chihuahuas due to ongoing breeding education, genetic
science and the furthering of genetic studies, and the beneficial
use of DNA testing.
it stands now, there are a few very ''verbal activists'' that have
caused mass hysteria within the breed as a result of the
fabrications, distorted viewpoints on the history of the Chihuahua
breed, sensationalism and scare tactics.
Merle breeders have a lot of time and money
invested in their show and breeding dogs. If the merle pattern
disqualification is voted in AKC allows the disqualification to
stand, there are those that are prepared to seek compensation from
both. Many of us [all merle owners] were denied membership to the
CCA, thus we are not able to vote on a very crucial breed change.
I would like TheDogPress readers to know that I have been offered a
significant sum of money for my #10 ranked merle dog, and to have
him degraded to pet quality by the disqualification of the merle
pattern is not only insane but absurd and certainly could be an
unworthy gain for some.
Sincerely submitted, G. Curran
You may not have Chihuahuas, or even a
breed that carries the merle gene, which in many breeds is perfectly
okay, but you have dogs, and you register with AKC, so you should
explore all of the genetic (and political) ramifications of an AKC
Director interfering with a parent club ballot. It is okay to
come, indefensible to others. It should be noted that Mr.
Gladstone is also a director for the Canine Health Foundation so the letter
Steve Gladstone, Esq. sent on AKC letterhead carries a double blow.
AKC's defense of that Director's action, a letter from
the British Chihuahua club, a personal letter to Gladstone from an
Australian club secretary, and finally, a rebuttal on the merle risks in
the Chihuahua breed are in many ways, applicable to several breeds,
including the Corgi, which Steve Gladstone breeds.
AKC Defended Board Member who interfered with Chihuahua Club ballot on merle color DQ.
AKC communications with Gloria Lambert, internationally respected
Judge, British Chihuahua Club
Chairman Graham Foote, on merle
color gene, including Merle Gene Fact Sheet. One of the hottest
international, genetics, and ethics issues in dogs...
Gladstone Letter to CCA Members.
See the letter by Steven Gladstone, who interfered with Chihuahua Club
Of America ballot to DQ merle color, using his AKC and AKC/CHF Board
- Any Color Marked Or Splashed??
Lambert, Tanyas Toys, says absolutely not and explains the
Chihuahua Breeder Rebuts disqualifying merle colored, defends genetics, breeds, shows, and wins
with the color and thanks Gladstone for his letter to Chihuahua Club Of
guidelines, defies majority of members' wishes by adding merle
pattern to revised Pomeranian breed standard.
World Bans Merle Chihuahuas but CCA voted down merle DQ following ballot interference by AKC Board
member. Other countries refuse to register any dog out of merle
parents. American Breeders unable to export.
Australian Chihuahua Breeder-Judge chastises AKC Director on his
letter interfering with Parent Club vote on the merle gene.