Lilly joined us from the Kierpark Kennel. Karen and Kevin, the owners of Kierpark, also bred Roxy, our foundation girl. We are over the moon that they have entrusted us with another very special puppy.
Lilly is our first 'Silver Dapple'. Underneath the spotty patches, she has a Black and Tan coat, so is officially a 'Black and Tan Dapple', but the term 'Silver Dapple' was given many years ago due to the silver colour of their markings. These markings are a pattern on top of the Black and Tan - imagine someone flicking bleach with a paint brush and wherever the bleach touched, it washed away the original colour. This is how Dapple works and is also called the Merle gene. The pattern is random on every Dapple, no two are the same, making them completely unique.
Dapples MUST NEVER be mated to another Dapple, as this results in DOUBLE DAPPLE puppies being produced. These pups have large patches of pure white, if not totally white, and have many health issues, mainly blindness or born with no eyes at all. For this reason, the Kennel Club will not register puppies born from two Dapple coat parents.
Lilly can produce Silver Dapple and Black and Tan puppies. She could also potentially produce Chocolate and Tan and Chocolate Dapple puppies IF mated to sire that is Chocolate and Tan himself or carries the Chocolate and Tan gene.