“Lethal White” does not refer to lethal genetics, i.e, the pup being born dead, or dying soon after birth. Instead the term has been used to mean the same as “Double Merle” or “Homozygous Merle/White” ie merle to merle matings. The name “Lethal White” in reference to Aussies stems from the fact that these white pups have historically been killed at birth because of the likelihood they may be blind, deaf or both. For these pups, being born white is lethal for them.
Lethal Whites can also be born without eyes, or eyes that have failed to develop properly.
You can help these Australian Shepherds:
1. By not supporting breeders who breed merle to merle. These breeders breed like this deliberately and then kill them at birth.
2. By adopting a special needs Australian Shepherd from us.
3. By helping us educate the public about Lethal Whites.
4. By helping us fund raise for our special needs rescues.