Help! Unusal Red Merle Pattern On Face

Hello, I will be getting a new Mini Australian Shepherd puppy soon and fell in love with a red merle puppy at a breeders. However, in coming home and researching. I didn't see many dogs on the internet with a similar marking on the face. Can anybody let me know if it may indicate a defect? I saw somewhere that the merle gene may cause blindness or deafness... please help!

Comments for Help! Unusal Red Merle Pattern On Face

Click here to add your own comments

by: Anton

You can find information about how the merle gene relates to blindness and deafness here. Basically, this occurs when both parents are merles. This results in the "double merle" or "homozygous merle." This results in a lack of pigmentation with the Aussies having more white than normal. The problem is that pigmentation around the eyes and ears is needed during development and without it blindness and deafness can result. Your Mini Aussie appears to have pigmentation in those areas so is likely fine.

by: Anonymous

Those markings are what make Aussies so unique and draw people to them. People look for markings like that. The markings usually get darker with age also. Looks like a beautiful puppy!

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Australian Shepherd Q & A. icon

Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Have Dog Training Questions?

Check out these introductory dog training videos...

I want my dog to stop being aggressive.

I want some help training my new puppy.

I want my dog to stop barking at everything.

I want my dog to walk nicely and calmly on the leash.

I want my dog to listen and come every time I call!