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Anyone else with Maltese blue shelties? Are they healthy?

Discussion in 'Sheltie Colors' started by Sunny, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. Sunny

    Sunny Forums Novice

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    Hello, I have a new pup that I believe is a Maltese blue. She has a dark gray nose and is slate gray with white markings (bi-black diluted to blue with no apparent merleing). I have been reading about cyclic nuetropenia aka Gray Collie Syndrome. According to several sites dilute gray collies don't live past age 2-3 due to recurrent infections. I was wondering if anyone on here has any experience with this color in shelties? Can I expect a normal lifespan with her? Or should I get her DNA tested for CN?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Caro

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    Can you post a picture of the pup? You'll need to post a picture on an image sharing site and then put the link in a post here. Often the coat colour is hard to tell when they still have a puppy coat.

    If the Sheltie is a Maltese blue, it is a blue merle with solid grey coat. They aren't any more prone to health problems than any other Sheltie colour, it's just not a recognised colour in the show ring. You might find this article useful for explaining this http://www.colliehealth.org/COLLIE KALEIDOSCOPEphotos.pdf

    I've never heard of Grey Collie Syndrome in Shelties, but that's not to say it doesn't happen. Maybe someone else here has experience with it. I imagine that a registered breeder would've noticed if they had an affected puppy as they are quite sickly little things.
     
  3. Sunny

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    My dog's dam is a carrier of the dilution gene. The dam had a littermate that was a dilute bi-black, and I know that littermate had a couple dilute pups. My dog's dam produced a dilute bi-black in her first litter. As far as I know, there have been no health issues.
     
  5. corbinam

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    I don't believe there are any health issues associated with dilute shelties. I know of a couple around here -- one is an active agility dog probably around 3-4 years old.
     

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