Australian Shepherd Breeding Color Question

by Shannon
(Texas)

Wanting to breed my female Australian Shepherd. She is considered a black-tipped tri sable. She is an awesome herding dog and an even better companion/friend.

I have read many things about yellow and sable colorings in Aussies. I have seen many sites that say a sable can not be a tri. But my dog definitely has the normal markings of a black tri, only her hair itself is not really black. The shaft is a bronze color and the tips are black. She has a black nose and brown eyes. I know that breeding two merle colors can result in deaf/blind dogs. I have a friend that has a red tri male that I’m thinking of breeding her to. Everywhere I take her people either want her, not happening, or ask if I’d breed her and sell them a puppy!

I’m just worried that she could be masking a merle gene and don’t want to cause unnecessary puppy issues. My daughter would love a puppy from her, she will be leaving for college next year.

Her dam was a black with tan markings, very minimal white and her sire was a blue merle with white collar.

Would appreciate any info anyone could give me on breeding her to a red tri.

Note from Anton: If you would like to add photos you can just email them to me and I can add them for you (you can include up to 4)... anton@australian-shepherd-lovers.com

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