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Is This Too Much White For An Australian Shepherd?

by Mitzi
(Texas)

Do you think this pup will be healthy? Does it have too much white?

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too much white
by: Anonymous

Hello,
My understanding is that too much white can cause deafness? Does this pup hear? Was it bred to two merles, because that is where "lethal whites" come from? Otherwise, if the pup doesn't have hearing loss, it probably just has a lot of white. Also the pup has dark hair around the eyes. Hope this helps!

Coloring
by: Anonymous

I think your pup will have a lovely coat. It has the correct dark coloring around the eyes, and the rest of its coat will probably darken and change a bit as it gets older. Could be a real beauty!!

Is This Too Much White For An Australian Shepherd?
by: Anonymous

Parents are a female blue eyed black tri and male a blue eyed blue merle. Yes, pup can hear.

Too Much White
by: Anonymous

Awwww... pup just has an extra wide white blaze. Celebrate pup’s uniqueness with ♥️♥️♥️♥️

Is This Too Much White For An Australian Shepherd?
by: Anonymous

I've decided to go with a blue merle with less white to be on the safe side.

Lethal white puppies
by: Merles

I don't have any problem with that puppy pictured. It has color around the ears and has color around the eyes so I would bet that puppy is just fine! The eyes also look very normal also.

Mismarked puppies can have one white ear and one dark ear and they are fine, they can have white around one eye and black around the other, they are usually fine. They can have white on their body with a mix of color and they are fine. The head is the telltale sign of problems. If the puppy's head is all white a responsible breeder will have the puppy humanly put down. You can tell a puppy is blind or deaf when the ears open around 2 weeks and the puppy does not respond as the other puppies do. From the pictures shown, I don't know that I see the puppy is even a mismark. There is nothing wrong with mismarked Australian Shepherd puppies, they commonly make wonderful pets! We as breeders do not breed for them but they can happen in a litter of even the best bred dogs.

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