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About Aussies > The Colors > Blacks - Solids and Merles

Because of the wide variety of different shades, hues, and color pattern of the Australian Shepherd these pictures are just a sample of what you can expect from these colorful and expressive dogs.

Black is always dominate over red, See The Colors page to find out a little more how color works.

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Information about this Australian Shepherd
Cloyds Quest for Gaea
DOB - 3 February 1997
DOD - 13 November 2005
Color - Black (solid)
Trim - Copper and White
Shepherd Spots - yes
Parent color - Red Merle / Black Tri

Quest is a solid black dog that does not carry the merleing gene so her coat stayed one solid black color.
Purestock Roundhouse Switcher
DOB - 15 July 2005
Color - Black (Merle)
Trim - Copper and White
Shepherd Spots - yes
Parent color - Blue Merle / Black tri

Twitcher is a dark blue merle.  Blue merles are actually black dogs that carry the merleing gene.
Saltfleet Tinas Raindrop Baby
DOB - 8 July 2007
Color - Black (Merle)
Trim - Copper and White
Shepherd Spots - yes
Parent color - Black Tri / Blue Merle

Rainy is a medium blue merle.  Blue merles are actually black dogs that carry the merleing gene.

BellaHara Jace Bayou
DOB - 10 October 2008
Color - Black (Merle)
Trim - White
Shepherd Spots - No
Parent color - Blue Merle / Red Tri

Jace is a very dark blue merle.  As you can see when she was born she had very little merleing on her right ear. Her merle makings are now going away and she is becoming a phantom merle that looks like a black Bi. Pictures courtesy of BellaHara North.

There are genetic tests that can be performed to determine if an Australian Shepherd is a carrier of either the red gene or the dilute gene.

Rev. 15 January 18



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