Before getting a Red Merle Australian Shepherd, you need to understand their grooming needs, dog breeding, and possible genetic links to health and temperament. You also need to tell the coat color pattern difference from other coat colors and patterns, especially if you are new to the breed.
How Do You Get A Red Merle Aussie?
For a breeder to get a Red Merle Aussie, both parents must have the red coat gene. However, that doesn’t mean that both parents need to have red coats themselves; they only need to carry the gene. Some experienced breeders won’t mate two merle dogs together because there is a possibility the puppies could be too white, and dogs without pigment have a risk of vision and hearing problems.
How Big Do Red Merle Aussies Get?
Red Merle Australian Shepherds can get to a weight of between 35 to 70 lbs and 18 to 23 inches tall. Ideally, male Aussies tend to be taller and heavier while females are on the smaller end.
The Red Merle Aussies have a deep chest, arched and moderate neck and their tail should be straight docked or naturally bobbed. Moreover, their head is in proportion to the size of their body, with a flat to the slightly domed skull, almond eyes, and triangular ears.