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 Aussie Colors

We will provide a valuable link at the bottom of this page which offers more detailed information on the "colors" of Australian Shepherds, but this presentation is a basic attempt to give you a general idea, using photos of different variations, how to recognize the colors of an Aussie.  Our main goal, as always, is to educate and eliminate the breeding of Merle-to-Merle, therefore, preventing the unnecessary birth of Lethal Whites.  Please click here for explanation of this term.  

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The Aussies shown here are actual Aussies owned either by us or friends (used with their permission) and even Aussies that have been adopted through our rescue.  The 4 main colors are:  Blue Merle, Red Merle, Red & Black.  We hope this helps.

Variations of Blue Merle

                        

Variations of Red Merle

           


Variations of Red

     

Variations of Black

              

Result of Merle-to-Merle Breeding (either blue-to-blue, blue-to-red, red-to-red)...

LETHAL WHITES

                                                             

please spay and neuter!!!

Breeding a Merle with a "nonmerle" (black/red) can produce a litter of all 4 colors. 

Additional Lethal White info. 

For additional extensive information on Aussie Colors, please visit

An Inheritance of Color in the Australian Shepherd

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