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Merle Tutorial for Asotus (and dogs?)
This tutorial is meant to show how to achieve merle in Asotus. The basics here CAN be applied to dogs and other species, but it may not be 100% accurate.
INTRO and BASIC RULES
Firstly, this is a new standard in asotu design. Merle asotus made before this guide (refer to the submission date for when this rule took effect) will not be judged by these rules. This applies to future merle asotus only.
It is a misconception that the merle gene "adds color" by placing dark spots on the coat. In reality, merle actually dilutes color and leaves patches of the original base color behind. In asotus, the only reason your merle should have black spots is because the asotu had a black coat to begin with. Red merles will have red splotches, blue merles will have blue splotches, and so on. The only colors that merle will NOT express on in asotus are