Shetland Sheepdog Coat Colors
Shelties come in a variety of colors. Below is pictorial
overview of the standard sheltie colors. This page is graphic intense, so please
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sable and white (brown and white)
Sable shelties range from a rich gold to red to dark brown with black guard hairs
(aka mahogany or shaded sable.)
tri-color (black, white and tan)
Black body, white in the traditional places (chest, legs, tail tip) with tan points on the face & legs. This is not to be mistaken for a mahogany or shaded sable which actually has a brown base coat over it's entire body with an overlay of black guard hairs.
bi-black (black and white)
Bi-black shelties are similar to tri colors except they do not have any tan
points on them.
blue merle (blue, white and tan)
Blue shelties have a gray/silver base coat with various degrees of black "spots"
or "patches" on them. They also have tan points as well as white in the
traditional areas. Blue merles can have one or two eyes that are blue (see puppy
partially blue (known as merled eye.)
bi-blue merle (blue and white)
Bi -blue shelties are the same as blue merles, except they do not have any tan
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sable merle (brown and white with merle gene)
Sable merles are similar to sables except they also carry the merle gene. As
puppies, these shelties can look similar to blue shelties except the base coat
remains brown. As they grow older, many of the spots on the sables get smaller
and fade and can be hard to see as adults. These shelties can also have blue
eyes. Please note that, for conformation purposes, the AKC only allows blue eyes
on blue dogs.
A sheltie whose head is "colored" but whose body is more then 50% white. They
can come in all of the above colors.
You can also see a quick reference color chart by