April 27, 2013   123 notes

The Merle Mystery Machine, or: Scooby Dooby Doo, What Colour Are You?

        It always bothered me that Scooby Doo wasn’t a “proper” great Dane colour. I mean, is his colour even genetically possible? You can’t make black piebald spots over red! It’s just not done! How could this happen? Well…

Merle would create black patches over the body, but the body colour would be silver. 

Liver + Merle would create the same pattern over a brown body, but the patches would be brown, too, not black.

Brindle is a pattern of black over red, but takes the form of stripes, not spots - but wait! Merle only affects black pigments - what would happen to the black patterning on a brindle dog affected by merle?

WOAHMYGOD, SCOOBY, IT’S YOU! I knew you were real!

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    Yes! Finally, an answer.