What matters to us in the dog? He is healthy and of good character, most of the holder. However, more and more people something else seems to be in the foreground: The dog should look especially precious or extravagant – that is, at best, a unusual fur color. Currently extremely popular are the “Blue Line”, especially in French bulldogs or American Staffordshire Terriers or the colors of silver, Charcoal and champagne in Labradors. But as it comes to this new trend colours, the noticed in the case of the above-mentioned breeds, probably not to the breed standard of the FCI?

The cause for the unusual coat coloring is the so-called Dilute Gene, from English “to dilute”, so “dilute”. It causes the clumping and reduction of the pigment granules, thus ensuring the lightened coloring. In the case of the color silver, the Labrador is a dilute brown, with Charcoal a diluted Black, and champagne to a silvered Yellow. So far, So good. For the uninitiated, this may only speak once nothing, however, is that there are now silver Labradors, blue bulldogs. However, the Dilute Gene is not affected in these races, unfortunately, only the coat color, but it also increases the risk for the disease CDA (Color Dilution Alopecia, color mutant alopecia).

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CDA is primarily manifested by severe itching, fur loss, skin wounds, eczema and poorly healing. And in such a degree that a normal dog life is possible. “It is a serious problem, which is incurable and painful to the animal,” explains Dr. Daniela Kopp höfer, veterinary biologist, Kynologin and author of the book “Labbylike”. “The symptoms that usually occur for the first time at the age of six months to two years, with antibiotics and antipruritic drugs only in the short term mitigate the impact. Due to the constant Scratching, there is a permanent stress factor that can lead to serious sequelae such as permanent damage to the heart and the immune system for the animal.”

The behavior of the dog can be affected by the CDA is also solid: “dog schools report that dogs have trouble concentrating in special colors, Hyper-active and nervous. Learning processes are clearly implemented delayed from the animal, the Training takes longer and requires more intensity, often in a single training session,” says Dr. Fabian. A hopeless life that awaits many dogs were chosen because of their beautiful coloring.

“Blue Doberman Syndrome”

Not every dog with a special color for the CDA gets, but any dog with CDA has a special color. The risk and the associated dramatic consequences that are hidden from the respective breeders, however, or even denied. You implant the Dilute Gene to be aware of to get puppies in unusual colors, which are often sold at double or triple the price. “Let’s look at the entire history of Labradors, an animal in the color silver was in its origins anywhere in the Population,” said Dr. Fabian. “This happened only by breeding in the United States, in the case of a Dilute-carrier was bred to the visual appearance of the Labrador upgrade.” The Labrador is not a natural gene carrier.


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it is Similar to the Doberman. This breed is referred to by the Dilute Gene caused disease as “Blue Doberman Syndrome”. Breeding with the color Blue is prohibited in the Doberman, in the meantime, and even under the torment of breeding prohibition (Paragraph 11b of the animal protection act). The silver Labrador, the breeding is not prohibited even by the legislator, “in the recognized breeding associations of the FCI, as well as the associations allow dogs with an unnatural, züchteter Dilution, however, has always been,” says Dr. Fabian. “In addition, an exhibition is prohibited for all special colours in Labradors, and appropriate animals are not a recognised breeding papers.”

but What about the Weimaraner? His gray coloring his signature, his breed standard is, and yet he has no increased risk for CDA. “The Weimaraner is a hunting dog, its gray color serves as camouflage. He carries the Dilute Gene in a natural way and is, therefore, healthy,” explained Dr. Fabian. “In Labrador, however, the Gene is not a natural Dilute-carrier, mutated the Gene in the Interaction with other, yet unknown, and defined the genes and causes diseases. To put it more simply: we Add by breeding a certain Gene in a non-designated body, will lead this process, under certain circumstances, to severe damage. In the case of Labradors in the special colors, unfortunately, it is the CDA.” A reputable breeder makes, therefore, no matings involving dogs with dilute coat color may occur. A prior DNA Test can show whether one of the parents carrying the Gene of the Dilute -. This can also be the case if the animal itself does not have a diluted coat color. The dog is a carrier of the recessive gene. In the case of recognized breeding associations, this Check is a normal part of breeding hygiene.

is: we have a dog with us to move, we can influence his or her health never fully or him before any disease keep. But we can minimize risks, we purchase an animal from a responsible breeding, for the welfare of the dog first.

The Merle factor is another critical “color Gene”

The so-called Merle Gene leads to the dog also to a lightening of the coat. This occurs, however, not evenly, but rather in the Form of irregular, torn-looking spots, known primarily for the Australian Shepherd. The Merle-Gene, which is a genetic defect, only changed the fur shading, but the eye affects color. Breeding with the Merle Gene is allowed for certain breeds, it may, however, carry only one of the parents is of animal the Gene. However, two Merle will be mated to dogs with each other, serious health problems such as development disorders, Vision and hearing problems, or even numbness.

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