Merle lightens the coat to a paler version of the base coat, with patches of the original basecoat showing through!
In homozygous form, Merle becomes Double Merle.
When combined with the Abricot dilution, Merle has an Abricot Merle expression (see gallery).
Merle combines with Tabby to make Rosette Tabby
Merle combines with Girafe to make Merle Girafe.
This mutation was updated in October 2022!
Pre October 2022: “A dog-like mutation, heterozygous merle creates random, darker patches in the coat. These patches can also affect the tail and mane. Merles also have a significant lightening of their undersides and face.” – this version of the expression can only be used when it is “grandfathered” in, ie, if the parent shows the old expression.
Mutation Type: Under White
Combines With: Abricot - Rather than lightening the coat, single Merle on an Abricot coat shows the Abricot Colour in the Merle areas and the Base Colour inside the patches
2D or 3D: 2D
Importable: Yes [Rarity: 1]
First Released: in April 2016, contributed by rina-kisaragi
Genotype(s) and Combination Genotypes are importable, Carrier Genotypes are not importable.
Carrier genotypes are not visible on the Boucle