Australian Shepherd Health & Genetics Institute

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program_faq  Click for FAQs about color.

 program_askexpert   Click to e-mail one of our volunteer experts with color questions.

 Or use the search box in the upper right or the menu to the left to find information you want on coat and eye color in Australian Shepherds.

“Coat Color Genes” is a reference chart in easy-to-download pdf format.  It lists the various genes known to impact Aussie coat color, the different versions of the genes, and which combinations result in which colors or patterns.  This charte is also available in translation to several other languages.   Netherlands-flagFrance-flag1449228116_Czech Republic


Included here is the article “Color Clashes” which discusses disqualifying coat colors in Aussies, and “Vitiligo” a disease that can turn your dog’s coat white.  Click on menu at left to view articles.

Another Aussie coat color reference is Lisa MacDonald’s “Field Guide to Coloration of Australian Shepherds” website, hosted by ASHGI.


Translation of the Color Genes chart: