what exactly are merle chihuahuas?
merle chihuahuas are said to be the latest ‘style’ or ‘designer color’ to gain popularity within chihuahua breeding during the past 15 years, but due to potential health problems, merle chihuahuas are rarely mentioned in credible books about genetic coloring patterns of the breed.
did you know that owning a chihuahua can heal you of depression and other stress-related disorders? that heart attack patients with chihuahuas are 8 times more likely to be alive a year later than those without a chihuahua? and that children exposed to chihuahuas during the first year of life have fewer allergies and less asthma?
chihuahuas are a unique breed that comes in a variety of beautiful colors and markings. the akc recognizes 29 colors and 11 markings in the chihuahua breed. chihuahuas can be any color, solid, marked, or scattered. several different color combinations exist and can be found in both short haired and long haired chihuahuas. (photo credit: phodography.com)
for show purposes, chihuahuas are classified by type – standard or alternate – as well as by a code, which references the registration application for the chihuahua being shown.
here are the official color and markings for the akc chihuahua breed standards: