I recently got a sable merle puppy. Never having had a merle before I am very curious as to coat color. She is the usual peachy tan with sable patches and black on her tail and ear tips. So far I am finding very little gray. What is interesting about her though is her face. On one side, she looks like a sable, on the other the pattern is more like a tri in that her muzzle and cheek are white, above the eye is tan, and under the eye the tan loops around like the raccoon eyes of a tri. Even the whiskers on that side are white. Has anyone ever seen this before? I do know that her daddy was pure sable with no white on his face. Mom was a reddish sable merle and her parents were mahogany sable and reddish sable merle with some gray on his face. All three had white on their faces. Any guesses as to how this pattern came about?