April 28, 2007

blue-eyed marble


There's something about Australian Shepherd (note that the breed was developed in the USA) puppies that makes them superadorable. Is it the spotted coat? Are the blue eyes to blame? (They may go darker later in life.) This little guy was a major attraction at a local 5m-run today (and, considering that there were 15,000 runners and walkers, that was quite a feat).

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According to the AKC, the Aussie's colors are "blue merle, black, red merle, red-all with or without white markings and/or tan (copper) points, with no order of preference". Merle is related to marly ("spotted, streaked, or marbled"), an adjective based on the noun marble.

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