Color Genetics Info

The Value of Genetics

I’ve become absolutely intrigued by genetics in breeding. There’s so much more than just putting two dogs together that comes with breeding. I can generally determine what colors of patterns I will get in a litter because I know what genes the parents carry. Some colors are dominant and others are recessive. Black is a default color. If both parents don’t carry for common colors the default is black. You have to know what your dogs carry or you end up with a bunch of black puppies and for some weird reason black puppies are hard to sell, personally they’re my favorite color, the coat mats less than the other colors because the pigment is different and their coats are so soft and shiny!

Just some basic genetics info for beginners:

Parti markings can only be achieved if both parents carry parti gene.  (White with colored patches on the body).

Merle markings can only be achieved if one parent is a merle and it can be DEADLY to breed two merles to each other as they can produce puppies that can be blind, deaf or even deformed. The merle gene is very complicated if you don’t know what you’re doing. A dog can be a merle but not show the speckled pattern too, they’re called a cryptic merle. They’re called cryptic because only black and chocolate coats can show the merling but if a dog is of the red, apricot, cream shades they’re too light to show the speckling and it isn’t visible so they can hide it. If someone was uniformed and didn’t check the background on their dogs they could accidentally breed a cryptic merle to a merle and end up with a lot of sadness on their hands. Sometimes a cryptic merle will show it’s merling in an eye so one who knows how the gene works will know that’s what it means but not all merles have blue eyes so it’s something that can only be detected by a DNA test.

Keira is clearly a merle. The male below is a cryptic merle,
He’s caramel and his merling is only known because of DNA testing. 

Phantom markings (like a Doberman, black or chocolate with tan/cream points) must be carried by both parents.
Hero, a black and cream phantom labradoodle. Patriot, a chocolate and tan phantom male labradoodle.

Cream coloring must be carried by both parents.

Chocolate color must be carried by both parents.

Black is the only color that doesn’t have to be carried by both parents for it to be expressed, it’s default.

If I breed two dogs together that have liver noses (non-black) it is impossible to produce any pups with black noses. All pups will have liver noses and have chocolate and various shades of caramel coats.
Homer, a beige & white parti, is going to Prairie Village, KS to be loved by Josh & Paige!

If I breed a parti colored dog to a noncarrying parti dog I will not get any parti colored puppies even though a parent is a parti because it’s a recessive gene and both parents must carry it for it to be achieved. Many pups in a parti factored litter will have white mismarks on their feet, chest, tail, head, but never will you get a full parti if only one parent carries it.

Blessed Day Doodles Hallmark Photo Shoot

We were thrilled to be able to have our puppies participate in a photo shoot at Hallmark Cards. They wanted to do a “dog family in bed together” shoot so they needed a litter of puppies along with the mom and dad. Kylie and Salvy had 3 puppies on Nov 29th. Now at 7 weeks old they’re all over the place but it was a lot of fun and they took hundreds of pictures. Thanks to Photoshop they should be able to put a final product together. We hope to hear from them in a few months regarding the final product!

They worked with each dog/puppy individually as to minimize distraction. Kylie was amazing! She was motivated by the treats and was very chill, they got lots of good shots of her. Salvy on the other hand was a bit of a pill! He isn’t one to sit still for long but with patience and a few breaks between attempts they got some pics of him. The puppies were great! They were so funny and entertained everyone. They were intrigued by the sound of the camera which they kept hearing from overhead! The stage ladies were amazing at getting their attention. They used a feather on the end of a stick to get them to look in certain directions, I’m going to steal that trick for my own photo session with the pups!

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Daddy Salvy posing. He is such a handsome guy!
Kylo and the stage ladies determining how to get him to lay down with the blankets over him.
Kylie being so good. She was so well behaved and photogenic. She loved the treats!
Phasma trying to figure out where the clicking sound from the camera is coming from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While they were taking pics of Salvy and Kylie the assistants took the puppies out to a long hallway to play in hopes of wearing them out before their pictures. Reesie Rey wanted to be held the entire time, not surprisingly, and there was no shortage of people to oblige her. Phasma played and played and pulled the potty pad around lol! Kylo played but enjoyed some snuggles too. They were pretty popular.

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Reesie Rey loves being cradled….majorly spoiled!
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Kylo getting some cuddles and some Hallmark employees taking pics of him.
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Phasma had a great time pulling the potty pad up and down the hallway!
Phasma stood still for a second for me to take this pic!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was impressed with their set up and preparation for the puppies! They had a puppy play pen set up so they had a carpeted area to lay on and potty pads to pee on so everyone stayed nice and clean for the pictures.

Kylie cuddling with Kyle.
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Kylo in the puppy play pen.
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Reesie in the play pen.
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Puppies playing around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We should know in a couple months what capacity the photos will be used in. They could be cards, stationary, stickers, whatever! We can’t wait to see the final product! Look for a cute little bed with doodles in it coming to a card store near you!

Hallmark Fam Pic
Our human family with Salvy and Kylie and their goldendoodle family.
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Momma Kylie and Daddy Salvy.
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Phasma, Reesie Rey, and Kylo
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The doodle family bed for the shoot.

 

 

VIDEO: Puppies Playing Outside for the First Time

The puppies have had their first vaccination and it’s had time to get into their system so they got to play outside this weekend!! They had so much fun romping in the grass and running around.

VIDEO: Kayden’s Mini Goldendoodles at 7.5 weeks

Kayden’s mini goldendoodles, Zane, Zayden, and Zeva are still available. They’re so stinkin’ cute and full of personality. Zelda has been adopted by Dawn and Wes and Zadie has been adopted by Janna and Grayson. Kylie (formerly Zola) will be joining a wonderful guardian home where we hope to add her to our breeding program in a couple years if she passes health testing. We know they’ll all be so loved in their new homes and we look forward to updates from their families and the joy they bring them. Visit the Goldendoodle Puppies page for more info on Zane, Zayden, and Zeva’s temperament info. They’ve been raised with our 2, 4, and 7 yr olds from birth so they’ve been well socialized and handled and are used to children, adults, and other dogs.

VIDEO: Tessa’s Australian Labradoodle Puppies at 6.5 weeks – Juniper, Maple, Falan, & Bear

Tessa’s puppies are active and bouncing little fluff-balls. They’re so funny, just little clowns, running, playing and definitely finding their voices! I love how their temperaments are developing. Tessa has the most fabulous temperament and is such a nurturing mom. She passes her laid back, intelligent, temperament on to her puppies. One of Tessa’s previous puppies is training to be a therapy dog. We have high hopes for Tessa’s puppies!

VIDEO: Piper’s Australian Labradoodle Puppies at 4 weeks old

Piper’s peanuts are growing and LOVE food as you’ll see from the video. Esther is an affectionate little girl. Ruth is a mellow and cuddly girl. Solomon is a social and active boy, always curious. Asher is talkative and cuddly. We look forward to the coming week to ten days as their personalities begin to emerge more.