Merle / Me

Cold White with 3 color merle    -    Warm Grey with 2 color merle
Cold White with 3 color merle - Warm Grey with 2 color merle

Merle is a large patterning that creates different colored mottled patches all around the centaurs body. It can cover most of the centaurs base color, and the patches can layer over or under other markings.


Marking edge

Marking rules

  • Merle must feature at least 2 colors different to the basecolor, but MAX 3 colors.
  • If Merle is layered with other markings, please explain the layering in design approvals.
  • Merle's all layers can be lighter or darker than the designs original basecolor. The colors must fit the genotypes basecolor saturation, or it can be picked from natural slider.
  • Merle must cover at least 25% of the centaur, max coverage being about 75%. The original base color stated in the genotype must be visible and clearly distinguishable. 
  • Merle must be one cluster, and it cannot be divided into multiple separate areas. That said, the one merle cluster can be broken. The blotches can travel over the base merle limits. The blotches should still stay close to the base merle, and not get mixed with other markings.
  • If combined with marking Hue, Hue can affect one chosen color in Merle: Either the the base or the patches

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Below you see some examples of Merle. Don't let these limit you while designing,
but if you feel stuck or confused about the gene, these might help you.


Real life examples

These examples represents what the marking is based on. Please keep the marking rules in mind when designing, and don't rely too heavily on real life markings carrying the same name. These examples can work as an inspiration, not direct references.  

Reference sources:
- https://vgl.ucdavis.edu/test/merle
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catahoula_Leopard_Dog#/media/File:Sasquachcatahoulaspurdy.jpg
- https://www.dogsplanet.com/en/adopt/merle-dog-breeds/