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Number 10 – The American Bully Even though it looks quite similar to the American Pitbull Terrier, the American Bully is an entirely different breed of dog: Developed for the sole purpose of being the ultimate family companions, these dogs are absolutely sweet and loving. Not only to their families, but to pretty much every human being they meet. And their colouring is every bit as lovely as their character: American Bullies quite often come in absolutely stunning coat-patterns, for example Blue Merle Blue Fawn Merle, Red- and even Lilac Merle - quite often in combination with white markings.  Number 9 – The Rough Collie Our number 9 spot goes to an immensely intelligent, beautiful and popular breed, the Rough Collie. Since the TV show “Lassie”, everyone seems to know the Collie as an extremely smart and stunning dog. And apart from their classical coat colours of Red, or Gold, with White, these Scottish Sheepdogs also come in an amazing Blue Merle colouring – again, in combination with White. Rough Collies make marvellous family pets and are a good choice for first time dog owners. Number 8 – The Border Collie And on the number 8 spot, we find a very similar breed to the Rough Collie, and that is the Border Collie. Popular the world over, and famous for its sky-high levels of intelligence, this dog is the stellar achiever of the canine world: Border Collies not only excel in all herding roles, but also in dog sports such as Agility, Flyball and obedience trials. Border Collies often come in a beautiful Blue Merle colouring, combined with White. Their affectionate, cheerful disposition and their moderate size make these smart canines excellent family companions.  Number 7 – The Sheltie And at number 7 on our list of the TOP 10 merle dog breeds, we have yet another absolutely beautiful and sweet-natured sheepherding dog – the Sheltie. Every positive quality we have just mentioned about the both Collie breeds also applies to the Sheltie, it is just enclosed in a much smaller dog: Shelties look almost exactly like Rough Collies, but are only about half their size. Like the Rough- and the Border Collie, they come quite often in a combination of   Blue Merle and White.  Number 6 – The Great Dane Here on number 6, we see the largest dog breed in the world, the Great Dane. Mellow, laid-back and always up for a good cuddle, these even-tempered giants are a joy to look at. Blue Merle is a fairly common coat-pattern in these marvellous dogs, and it can come occur with or without white markings. As Great Danes have very short coats, they are pretty low maintenance when it comes to brushing. These dogs are gentle and are – despite their enormous size – quite suitable as family pets. Number 5 – The Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) On our number 5 spot, we have possibly THE best cattle herding dog in the world – the Blue Heeler, also known as the Australian Cattle Dog. As the name “Blue Heeler” indicates, Blue and Blue Merle are the typical coat colour of these untiring working dogs. Amazing to look at and equipped with extremely high levels of energy and working drive, Australian Cattle Dogs are wonderful Ranch- and Farm dogs. However, due to their extreme prey instinct, they need the guidance of a firm but fair owner. Number 4 – The Australian Sheepdog Here on the number 4 position, we have perhaps THE most notable merle dog breed on the planet - the Australian Shepherd, also known as the “Aussie”. These highly intelligent and trainable working dogs not only have the most spectacular coat pattern - often combining three different colours, for example Blue merle, White and Tan: They also excel in pretty much every herding role, as well as canine activity like Agility or Obedience Trials. When provided with sufficient mental stimulation and vigorous exercise, Aussies are wonderful companions. Contrary to their name, they are an American breed that is especially common among the Farmers and Ranchers of California. Number 3 – The Chiahuahua And here we are, at the TOP 3 positions on our list of the TOP 10 merle dog breeds on Earth! The winner of the Bronze Medal is a tiny dog whose lovable, quirky nature has made it one of the most popular toy sized companion dog breeds in the world. We are speaking about the Chiahuahua, whose many intriguing coat colours also include Blue Merle, also known as “dapple”. Numerous Hollywood celebrities have chosen the Chiahuahua as their preferred companion, and merle is one of the most popular colours these little stars have to offer. Number 2 – The Dachshund And right here on the Silver Medal spot, we have a small dog breed that has its very own toy-sized version - the famous Dachshund. As with Chihuahuas, the merle colouring in Dachshunds is referred to as “dapple”. These courageous badger hunters from Germany have a strong tendency to ignore commands issued by their humans. But that adorable stubbornness does not make them any less popular – they are quite well-loved, not only in their native country, but all over the world. Number 1 – The Catahoula Leopard Dog And when it comes to the King of merle dog breeds, there can be no other dog than the amazing, truly unique, Catahoula Leopard Dog. An active and versatile American working dog breed from Louisiana, the Catahoula is known for its striking colouring: These stunning canines come in Blue Merle, White-, Yellow- and even Red Merle (as well as in various other colours). Originally bred as a hunting dogs and cattle herders, Catahoulas also make excellent companions. They are best suited for quite active families and single owners. Alert and watchful, these beauties from Louisiana are quite good in guarding roles, but do require lots of socialization and training in order to be well-balanced canine companions. 

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