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Cryptic Blue

Discussion in 'Sheltie Colors' started by jumba, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. jumba

    jumba Forums Enthusiast

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    I have a question in regards to color. Addie's mom is a cryptic blue, her dad is bi-black. Is it possible that Addie is also a cryptic blue? To the naked eye she is black and white, but while grooming her I find a stray white hair amongst the blacks (for instance she has one white hair near her hip, and there is no other white in that area). She also has white-ish hairs near her ears, but she has an all black head (except by her nose, where its got a smidge of white). Now these are just coming up as she is getting her adult coat in. They are all guard hairs. I have found one hair that was half white and half black.

    Now, she does not have a full white collar, and even as a puppy there was no white in those areas by her ears. Or, is it common to have a bi-black with some random white hairs thrown in the mix?

    It doesn't affect anything either way, but I was just curious on genetics and how that works! It is kind of interesting!
     
  2. Jess041

    Jess041 Forums Enthusiast

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    Missy is a bi-black and she has a few random white hairs on her face. I've never seen any stray white hairs on her body though. I just figured it means she's going to get white on her face at a very young age. I don't think a random white hair is a sign of a cryptic merle. Usually there is an obvious mottled spot.
     
  3. jumba

    jumba Forums Enthusiast

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    Thanks Jess! That makes sense. It was the half white, half black hair(s) that made me confused. She has no obvious merle spots.
     

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