Piebalds and Albinos can they breed?

Submitted by Michelle W on 12/20/05 at 10:11 PM. ( michellestaxidermy@zoomshare.com )

Was fixing to go to bed when I canme across a Post on Thunderbuck's Hunting Forum about Piebalds. A guy on their said that neither could breed. I didn't think that was accurate but i could be wrong thats why I thought I would ask. Thanks....

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Absolutely and patently false

This response submitted by George on 12/20/05 at 10:20 PM. ( georoof@aol.com )

They have genetic differences that DON'T include sterility. Albinos can breed and since albinism is a trait like melanism, it has nothing to do with the health of the animal. Piebald deer, however, have genetic FLAWS and do breed which exacerbates more genetic flaws. Piebalds should be removed for the herd at every opportunity because of these defects being passed along to subsequent generations.

George is mostly right

This response submitted by Bill Yox on 12/21/05 at 12:15 AM. ( )

Only thing is, I know way too many guys making a living through breeding and selling piebalds. He is, of course, on the right track, as piebalds in the wild will often show some poor traits, traits he has listed in so many other piebald posts in the past. The sloped muzzle and jaw, leg deformities, etc. But in captivity, these traits no longer exists, leaving these breeders with healthy sturdy deer with the pigment mutation which results in some beautiful, if not goat looking deer!

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