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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Mini Aussie Coloring Question

by Cori
(Roy, UT, USA)

Hi! I have a question about my Mini Aussie's color. Her breeder called her a black tri. However, I thought they were black, white, and tan. My Ellie is black, white, and merle. I found some info on cryptic and phantom merles, but not enough to understand what she is. I have her papers and want to be sure I register her correct coloring. More importantly tho, I just want to know. ;)

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RE: Mini Aussie Coloring Question
by: Anonymous

She looks black tri to me but, I am no expert.

She’ll change
by: Anonymous

I can’t see any merle in the pic. As she grows the tan points will become more defined.

Coloring question
by: Anonymous

My black tri, didn’t get her tan points until she was older.

FB Site that may help
by: Anonymous

There is a FB site - "Australian Shepherd Coat, Color and Genetics Class" that may be able to give some direction.

by: Anonymous

You can also check Lots of color info there. She looks like a perfectly lovely black tri to me. She seems to exhibit 'smutty' points to me, black in her copper points. It could be brindling in her points also, which is much more rare but possible.

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