Something I wrote a time ago when the gossip was on it's worst
I know there's been talking a bit (understateement) about me breeding liver with liver. Some are very very very against it. Some say one should not breed liver with liver because they can have yellow puppies. Well, there has been born yellow puppies but that was after black parents. The one yellow bitch had puppies, beeing mated to a black male. All her puppies became black.
The color yellow is due to MC1R witch is recessive E, wich is black.
Sometimes, the MC1R mutates and the result is dogs that can be E/e wich means the dog is carrier of red and/or yellow, and then can give puppies with e/e, as in the case of the yellow Lancashire Heeler puppies.
Some say that the color is caused
by the Dilute gene. Well, if the yellow puppies was Dilute, they would not have been yellow with black noses, they would have had the color of champagne and certanly not would they have had black noses.
Well, then some says that
liver in heelers are caused by the Dilute gene. I can't talk for all liver heelers, but according to those who work with color genetics, the liver is not a result of Dilute. I had to check of course, I'm a curious person and I want to learn and
know. So I tested some heelers that I know carries the gene for liver. Neither the liver ones nor the black ones that I have tested are carries of the Dilute-gene. (You know, two blacks can get liver puppies if they are carrying the Locus for liver/chocolate/brown.
Cruella is out of two black parents. And as I have understood, it was quite a shock for her breeder when the first liver pup arrived. That because there's no indication of liver in her mothers pedigree.)
I know that some even says that liver/liver
heelers will cause health issues. Ok, they might, but not more than black/black or black/liver. Or can you proove otherwise?
Next question I know some of you are dying to know: Did I breed only on color? Ofcourse I did. All I was thinking was the color. Nothing else. I didn't consider that I needed a short male for Cruellas a bit long body. (Which I found out wasn't so long after all. She just looks long because of how she sometimes carries her
tail. She's 2,7cm longer in body than in height. Not bad at all :-) ) I didn't consider that I needed a male with excellent temper for Cruellas reservation against new people. I didn't check and check and then checked and asked those who I
consider close to experts when it comes to health statisticks in the breed. I didn't care about the health either, I found a liver male and went for it. And I didn't talk to breeders of other breeds that makes liver/liver combinations
to learn and know what could go wrong, if it was wrong and so on. If you belive so, well ... It's up to you.
Enough said, or written for now. But I know some are wondering: Will you breed liver/liver again? Yes,
I might. I pobably will.
By the way: None of the puppies was born blind, deaf (other than selective), they don't have bad temper or any thing of those things some breeders have told me during the years that will be the result of liver/liver
mating in heelers. (Yes, there are those who have said that liver heelers doesn't have as good temper as the black ones.)
At Kennel Lancasmiles in Sweden, there were born 4 puppies
out of a liver/liver combination on the 9'th of April.