Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Merle Pitbull -The Complete Guide

Rachel Poli Author
Dec 8 ·

The Merle Pitbull is a beautiful dog. They’re rare and unique. However, there are some misconceptions about this coat coloring. To learn more about the Merle Pitbull, keep reading.


First, what is a Merle Pitbull? The Merle coloration is a genetic pattern that has mottled patches of color on a solid color or piebald coat. In other words, Merle is a genetic disorder, and it’s also associated with certain health issues.

This gene no longer occurs in Pitbulls, and it is not a recognized coat color by any breed standard. So if you come across a breeder advertising Merle Pitbulls for sale, chances are they mixed a Pitbull with another breed that had the merle gene. Hv_k9…

Since this coat color is beautiful but rare, some breeders try to recreate it. However, as previously stated, it’s a genetic problem that causes health issues. So, this is one coat color to stay away from.

Otherwise, Merle Pitbulls are the same as other Pitbulls. They’re still medium-sized dogs who can grow to be about 18 to 22 inches tall and weigh between 35 and 60 pounds.


No matter what their coat looks like, Merle Pitbulls are excellent family companion dogs. For instance, they’re loyal and affectionate with their family members. Also, they’re great with young children, meeting new people, and being around other dogs. They do, however, have a high prey drive, so you’ll want to keep them away from cats and other small animals such as guinea pigs or hamsters. Olimpus…

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On the other hand, you can nip that behavior through training. Pitbulls are easy to train since they’re eager to learn and want to please their owners.

Also, they won’t make great guard dogs, but they’re excellent watchdogs. Merle Pitbulls will care for you and their territory, barking to alert you if something is out of the ordinary. Bandogge…

Caring for your Merle Pitbull

With proper care, your Merle Pitbull has an average lifespan of about 12 to 14 years.


Pitbulls don’t require much when it comes to grooming. You can bathe them with special shampoo as needed. For example, if they get into something they weren’t supposed to and are dirty or smell. Otherwise, you’ll only need to worry about trimming their nails, brushing their teeth, and cleaning their ears regularly.

In addition, Merle Pitbulls, like other Pitbulls, shed moderately. So, to keep the shedding under control, you’ll want to brush their fur weekly.


Merle Pitbulls can be fed anything that your vet approves. For example, you can provide them with high-quality kibble or canned wet food from a commercial dog food brand or homemade dog food. Luka…

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These dogs have high energy levels. So you’ll want to be sure to give them at least an hour or two of physical activity and playtime every day. This can be in the form of long walks, hikes, or other outdoor activities, or dog sports.

Your Pitbull will be able to live in an apartment since they do know when it’s time to calm down, but they’ll prefer to have a bigger house with a fenced-in yard where they can stretch their legs.


Pitbulls are relatively healthy. There are a few health problems, such as cataracts and hip dysplasia, that they’re known to get. However, the mere gene is known to cause other health issues. Chance…

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So, if you have a true Merle Pitbull, then there’s a good chance they’ll be deaf. In addition, ocular defects may also occur. This means that there is a total lack of pigmentation in their eyes, resulting in vision issues.

For example, they could have eye problems such as colobomas, eye pressure problems, or microphthalmia.

Where to find a Merle Pitbull

Merle Pitbulls are extremely rare because they don’t necessarily exist anymore. You can call your local animal shelter or rescue organization to find a Pitbull, but if you come across a Merle Pitbull, they might be a mixed breed with something else.

Otherwise, you can look for a reputable breeder. However, since the merle gene is now considered unethical to breed or attempt to recreate, any breeder you find that advertises Merle Pitbulls won’t be ethical. They’ll either try to recreate the merle gene, or they’ll be passing off a different breed as a Merle Pitbull. Handsome.achilles…

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If you don’t mind the coat color and still want a Pitbull, then you can search for an ethical breeder who will do the following:

  • Health screen and genetically test the dogs before breeding to ensure it’s safe (and then test the puppies)
  • Have health documents and family tree history available for you to bring home upon adoption
  • Want to meet with you in person and allow you to meet the parents and the litter
  • Socialize and train the puppy as early as possible
  • Ensure the puppies are up to date with all of their vaccinations

How much does a Merle Pitbull cost?

If you find a true Meler Pitbull, then you can expect to spend thousands of dollars for a puppy. For example, some breeders have sold Merle Pitbulls for up to $35,000.

Is a Merle Pitbull right for you?

Remember, if you find a Merle Pitbull, chances are it’s a mixed breed of a Pitbull with something else. However, if you happen to have a true Merle Pitbull, be prepared to care for certain health issues. Luka…

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Rachel Poli Author
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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