No! The link to deafness and blindness in merles is almost always associated with something called a double merle. This would be when both parents of the dog were merles, so the puppy received 2 copies of the merleing gene. These dogs are homozygous merles, and have a huge chance of being deaf or blind, especially when they are lacking pigment around the eyes and ears. A solid color dog such as a black or red tri, or a regular merle who has 1 solid and 1 merle parent are generally fine even if they are lacking pigment around the eyes or ears. Make sure you meet the parents of the puppy and ask the breeder about their breeding practices. Best of luck!
Answered by jgilje - 11/4/2011 9:25:34 AM