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I have a brown girl who is my pride and joy, and, as I have so many people who want one of her puppies, and I would love a red pup to keep myself, I thought I might have 1 litter from her before I have her spayed. Being a complete novice I thought it would just be a case of mating her with a red sire, but having read up I see that a red/brown mating is a no no because of the genetics! Does this mean that I would definitely not get a red puppy from this pairing?
 

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At best you have a 50-50 chance, assuming your brown girl carries red. Zero chance if she doesn't carry red. You could get her tested to find out. However, most breeders believe the cross would produce poor qualiry pigmentation no matter which primary color came out. In your shoes I would seek out a mentor to help me find a good brown and also to hold my hand through the whole whelping process. I would be so scared to lose my girl to a birthing accident!
 
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