What Is a Chocolate Merle Chihuahua? (Solved & Explained!)

A chocolate merle Chihuahua is a mix of chocolate and merle Chihuahuas which results in a chocolate skinned Chihuahua that has different colored patches of fur. The merle side of the equation can also mean that the chocolate merle Chihuahua will have green or blue eyes.

This is certainly a beautiful combination, but not without a few caveats. Care must be taken to review the health history of the pup’s parents before purchase, as the merle gene can make these dogs more susceptible to issues with their vision and hearing later down the line.

They are also a little more prone to sunburn, so some dog-friendly sunblock is a good investment once you’ve purchased your very own chocolate merle Chihuahua.

In today’s article we’ll tell you more about chocolate and merle genetics, as well as important information specific to chocolate merle chihuahuas. Are they considered purebred? Are chocolate merles the rarest Chihuahua variety? Read on to find out the answers to these questions and more in our Chocolate Merle FAQ!

How much is a chocolate merle Chihuahua?

While chocolate Chis are not uncommon, merle genes are a bit rarer, so expect to pay a premium if you wish to a purchase a chocolate merle Chihuahua. These pretty little pups can cost anywhere from $1500 up to as much as $10,000.

They cost a pretty penny, so be sure to shop around as a little patience can definitely save you a lot of money!

What is a merle Chihuahua?

Merle Chihuahuas have a gene in them that modifies the pigmentation in their coat, at the base, which results in a dappling, rather ‘patched’ pattern of coloration. Each dappling pattern will be individual to the dog, so it definitely makes for a unique and much sought-after look.

Of note, merles often have green eyes, which is yet another endearing trait of these interesting Chi varieties.

How rare is a merle Chihuahua?

They’re pretty rare, commanding a price of up to 10k in some cases, but because of this you should really be careful about your breeder selection. Some unsavory breeders have taken advantage of the high demand and have become more focused on breeding numbers of these Chis, rather than simply healthy dogs.

When selecting your merle, be sure to meet the parents, and ask questions about the health issues in your puppy’s bloodline. Your breeder should have a medical history of the parents and reading this can help you to avoid a lot of heartbreak in the long run.

What is a chocolate Chihuahua?

Chocolate Chihuahuas have a recessive gene that affects their skin pigmentation, so that instead of having black skin on their bodies, they’ve got a chocolate brown coloration instead. This doesn’t mean that their entire coat is chocolate, however, so expect that overall coat-coloration will vary from dog to dog.

How rare is a chocolate Chihuahua?

The ‘chocolate gene’ is not uncommon, but when mixed with other traits than you can certainly end up with a rare dog indeed. Colorations such as merle or tan, for instance, are rare in chocolates and definitely increase the value of your dog.

So, if you are looking for just a chocolate pup, then you’ll pay a lot less than you will with a more ‘designer’ variety of chocolate Chihuahua.

Do chocolate merle Chihuahuas have green eyes?

Actually, no, while some ‘chocolate’ dogs such as Shih Tzus have a tendency for green eyes, this is not the case with Chihuahuas. That said, you DO see Chihuahuas with green eyes, but these will typically occur with the merle variety of Chi, who also sometimes have blue eyes!

Are chocolate merle Chihuahuas the rarest type?

No, the rarest Chihuahuas are white Chihuahuas (not albinos), which have completely snowy-white coats and pigmentation on their skin and eyes. Next in line when it comes to rarity are Blue chihuahuas, who have bluish-gray coats.

Blues are sometimes bred with merles and other designer Chis to achieve a fairly unique look, but ‘pure’ whites and blues are still considered to be the rarest of Chihuahua varieties.

Are chocolate merle Chihuahuas considered purebred?

No, unfortunately, they are not, and you can blame Canada and the UK for this… sort of. Until 2010, merle Chihuahuas were actually considered to be purebreds and thus eligible for entry into dog shows.

The UK and Canadian kennel clubs, however, decided to stop recognizing them as ‘purebred’ in 2010 and as a result, while chocolate merles are definitely distinctive and bred for their special coloration, they are not considered to be a specific breed.

Do chocolate merle Chihuahuas have any special health issues?

While the chocolate side of their heritage doesn’t have any specific health issues, the merle side of a chocolate merle Chihuahua does have a few of note. For one thing, their lightly pigmented skin is much more vulnerable to Ultraviolet ration so they are prone to getting the occasional sunburns.

More alarmingly, however, they are also more likely to develop problems with their sight or their hearing. Due to this possibility, it is vital that you meet the parents of the pup that you are considering so that you can review their health papers.

Once these issues develop, they get worse over time, so you want to make sure that the parents are in the best of health before you bring home your chocolate merle puppy.

How do I get a chocolate merle Chihuahua puppy?

As the merle gene is the rarer gene, you want to start looking locally for Chihuahua breeders who are advertising merle Chihuahuas. From there, you should contact these breeders to ask if they have any chocolate merles and build up a list of the ones who do.

After this, you need to visit the breeders to see how their dogs are kept and to take a look at the health paperwork of the parents for any pup that you are considering. This will help you to ensure that the pup is healthy and that you aren’t dealing with a breeder who is more focused on profit rather than the health of the pup.