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Common Black Australian Shepherd Color Patterns

Updated on September 23, 2015

The Australian Shepherd is becoming a very household breed. Aussies are renounced for their physical agility and obedience as well as their striking beauty. Australian Shepherds come in four basic colors: Red, Red Merle, Black, and Blue Merle. While Aussies do come in black this color classification can be further broken down by color patterns on their coat.

Black Australian Shepherds usually have amber or brown colored eyes although they can have blue eyes or two different colored eyes. Black Aussies must have a black noses, black lips and black rimmed eyes to count as a proper black dog by organizations such as the AKC.

Solid Black Australian Shepherd

Solid or true black Australian Shepherds consist of one color: black. This coat color pattern is very hard to find as most Australian Shepherds have at least a tiny spot of white somewhere on their bodies, if they are black and have even the tiniest spot of another color on their coat this disqualifies them as counting as a solid - or true - black Australian Shepherd.

A true Black Aussie with dark brown eyes
A true Black Aussie with dark brown eyes

Black and Tan Australian Shepherd

True Black and Tan Australian Shepherds only have two colors to their coat which are tan and black. The tan in their coat can range from a light brown to a deep copper and the color pattern can be arranged anyway.

A black and tan Aussie puppy with brown eyes
A black and tan Aussie puppy with brown eyes

Black Bicolor Australian Shepherd

Black Bicolor Australian Shepherds consist of a black coat with white markings. Normally they have more black in their coat than white. Black Bicolor Australian Shepherds can have any color eyes,

A black bi-color Australian Shepherd puppy with two different colored eyes.
A black bi-color Australian Shepherd puppy with two different colored eyes.

Black Tricolor Australian Shepherd

Black tricolor Australian Shepherds are solid black with white and tan markings on their coat. The tan color can range from a light brown to a deep copper color.

A Black Tricolor miniature Australian Shepherd
A Black Tricolor miniature Australian Shepherd

In conclusion..

All Australian Shepherds that fit into the Black Category fit into one of these sub categories. If they have any grey, blue or red markings then they are not truly Black Aussies.

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