|Sheltie Coat Colors
|Shelties come in a variety of colors and shades. I will just touch upon the
basics and then refer you to some wonderful sites that really go in depth (to
the genetic level) about the sheltie colors.
|Sables are the basic brown and white
color. Although they can vary from a
golden brown to almost black.
Bingo is a 'pure for sable' as none of his
ancestors were any other color.
|Bishop is also a sable, but he is
black on his back. His undercoat is
light brown. Bingo is his dad.
He is also tri-factored (his mom
Matrix is a tri) so he can produce
|Matrix is a tri. She is black with white and
tan. Her undercoat is black. Tri's should be
a shiny deep black with no rusty hue. Tri's
can produce any color as they can be bred to
|Misty is a blue merle. Silvery grey with black
spots, also white and tan. Spots will vary in
placement and size.
Blues only come from having a blue parent.
The other parent must either be a tri or a
tri-factored sable. A merle to merle
breeding will cause deaf and blind puppies.
|These two dogs are sable merles, notice how Brass looks like a sable and
Santa is almost blonde. Santa also has touch of blue in one eye, which
eliminates him from showing in AKC.
|This is Millie she is a
bi-black. She is only
black and white.
|Boomer is a bi-blue. Only silvery grey
with black spots and white. No tan.
|Mario is a color headed white.He is a blue
merle but there are also sable and tri color
headed whites. They have a normal colored
heads. All colors can have spots on their
|Another site about sheltie colors
|A wonderful and in depth page. A must see.