Australian Shepherd Appearance - Red Merle
Red merle is a combination of red patches or spots - i.e. light cinnamon to dark liver color, on a background that can range from buff to silver. Just as the background color can vary, so can the color and size of the red areas. Spots can be small speckles to patches that cover large areas of the dog. Red merles may also have white markings on the face, chest, legs, and under parts. Copper points are also commonly seen on the face and legs. A red merle Aussie may be:
solid red merle
red merle and white
red merle, white, and copper
Red merle Aussies may have solid colored eyes, but frequently the eyes will be "marbled" or flecked with other colors. So a red merle Aussie could have blue eyes marbled with brown, or vice versa. It could also have a blue eye and a brown eye. Blue eyes are much more common in the merles than in the solid color black and red Aussies.