Check out the resemblance of Fancy and two of her daughters, Rosie and Nika. Fancy is the larger of the three with the full white bib. Rosie is the red tri female, which was my keeper from her 2011 litter. Fancy is registered with National Stock Dog Registry (NSDR) as a Miniature Australian Shepherd and American Kennel Club (AKC) as a Miniature American Shepherd. I wanted to get some candids while Nika is visiting us this week.
Since Fancy is a black tri female, it was not obvious until she whelped Rosie if she carried the “red” gene. In order to have red puppies, both the dam and the sire must be red factored and black is always dominant in this breed. If one parent is merle, then that opens up the crayon box! A blue merle puppy is a black tri dog carrying the merle gene and a red merle puppy is a red tri dog with the merle gene. Detailed information is available online for the correct genetic terminology.
This means that genetically Fancy, a black tri female that is red factored and Randy, a blue merle male that is red factored can produce any of the colors. We’ll see what we get this Fall in the 2012 litter!!