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)...
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