Having bred and exhibited Dalmatians for 40 years, prior to my involvement with pugs, the white color gene, is the contributing factor for the reason that 12% of all Dal puppies are born deaf, be they blue eyed or brown eyed. It has long been thought that the blue eye, is a contributor to deafness in Dals, but I have had many Dal puppies, that were bilateral hearing, (hearing in both ears) that had one or more blue eyes. However, that being said, I have also had Dal puppies that have had unilateral hearing, (one hearing ear, only) that have had one or more blue eyes. Strangely, the very few puppies that I did have, that were totally deaf, all had two brown eyes. Go figure.
10-03-2010, 09:49 PM
Wally 'n' Leto
Thanks for the clarification Beth!
My grandfather always said you won't die on a day you learn something new.... I guess I'll make it till tomorrow! :)
10-04-2010, 06:28 AM
Well, that's definately not to say, that the blue eye doesn't have a connection with deafness, They seem to go hand in hand. However, there doesn't always have to be a blue eye involved, when a dog or cat who is predominately white, is also deaf. It is the gene for white, though, that is the problem.
10-04-2010, 06:46 AM
Apricot is a recognized colour too! It's just a warmer shade of fawn more golden.
The pups are cute but I still think it's the mask that makes fawn pugs special.
10-04-2010, 07:11 AM
If black pugs fur turns white as they age do white pugs fur turn black with age? :)
When I was a kid we had a pure white cat with a blue and a green eye.
10-04-2010, 09:25 AM
Originally Posted by 6 Beautiful Pugs
Along with the albino trait, there is also the semi-albino trait, which is responsible for the cremello color in horses as well as buckskins and palominos. In pugs when expressed on a fawn, it would produce a white pug with a cream or tan mask, blue eyes and light nails. The gene could also produce a chocolate from a black.
I have seen the chocolates! I think they are sooooo cuute! The albino pug I met was really sweet, his fur was sooo soft, and he had the best disposition.
10-04-2010, 09:26 AM
Thanks for all the input! I really have learned alot from this thread, everyone is sooo well rounded its amazing!
10-04-2010, 09:28 AM
Originally Posted by Wally 'n' Leto
That's what I was saying about the whites - weird things can happen!
In Canada right now there is an CKC Champion pug with a brindle in her bloodline (who was eligible for registry by bloodline but not for show because of the colour). Genetic tests were done, said Champion is pure pug.
10-04-2010, 09:30 AM
@Bethy-Thank you sooo much for your input!
10-04-2010, 09:33 AM
We're assuming that the cause of the color is a recessive trait, but it could also be a mutation, which doesn't follow a Mendelian tenet scale. Interestingly enough, a recent research study found that blue eyes in humans is a mutation and everyone with blue eyes has a single ancestor. Mutations are great because they can cause just about any color, so anything is possible.