First of all, these are really two different breeds, so it is a crossbreeding(mixbreed) not a purebreeding. And, breeding two merles of any breed will result in a number of blind and/or deaf puppies in the litter. I really can't think of many good reasons to purposefully produce puppies with such serious health defects.
Also, both of these breeds can have genetic health issues so any dog bred should, at a minimum, have an OFA rating on hips and elbows (by x-ray), an annual CERF eye exam, MDR1 testing and HSF4 hereditary cataract test. Minis also should have tests for CEA and PRA (eye diseases which cause blindness.) Breeding any dog without proper health screening is irresponsible and just adds to the population of unsound or unwanted dogs.
Go to www.ashgi.org and read the articles on health screening.
Answered by paws4hisglory - 2/22/2012 12:36:57 PM