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 the same as the Merle gene. The pattern is random on every Dapple, no two are the same, making them completely unique.
When Lilly eventually has puppies, their colourings could be Black and Tan, Silver (Black and Tan) Dapple, Chocolate and Tan or Chocolate Dapple, depending on which stud she is mated to and whether he also carries the Chocolate gene. Chocolate and Tan is a recessive gene so both parents must carry it to produce it (the same as with red heads in humans). For offspring to be Dapple, one parent must be also.
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.