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18 Adorable Photos of Cute Australian Shepherd Puppies To Make Your Day

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Study shows that photos of baby animals, including puppies, can bring big benefits, including lifting your mood. In addition, looking at cute animal photos can help reduce stress levels by up to 50%, according to a study by the University of Leeds. With that in mind, you shouldn't underestimate the potential positive power of cute animal photos. 

That said, cute photos of Australian Shepherd puppies can do the job well. Adult Australian Shepherds are gorgeous but have you seen them as puppies? They are insanely cute! The 18 pictures of cute Aussie puppies below are sure to make your day.

a blue merle Aussie puppy with tan makings

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a blue merle Aussie puppy with tan makings

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a red merle Aussie puppy with tan makings

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a blue merle Aussie puppy with tan makings

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a blue merle Aussie puppy with tan makings

Most Aussie puppies in this article are merles. Aussies come in four acceptable colors including blue merle, red merle, black, and red. The Aussie puppy in the picture above this paragraph is a blue merle with tan makings, aka blue merle tricolor. It has two different colored eyes. This phenomenon is known as heterochromia, which is common in merle Australian Shepherds. 

In the United States, the most popular Australian Shepherd coat color is the blue merle. It is extremely rare to see an entirely red or black Australian Shepherd, despite the two colors being AKC-recognized. For more info, see the four rarest Australian Shepherd colors.

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A cute red merle Aussie puppy

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a blue merle Aussie puppy with tan makings

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a blue merle Aussie puppy

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a blue merle Aussie puppy with tan makings

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a red merle Aussie puppy

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The cutest blue merle Aussie puppy with tan makings

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a red merle Aussie puppy with tan makings

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a red merle Aussie puppy

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a blue merle Aussie puppy with tan makings

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a blue merle Aussie puppy with tan makings

Most merle Australian Shepherd puppies are born with butterfly noses. In other words, noses with pink spots on them. As the puppy matures, the pink spots on its nose may fill. However, some Australian Shepherds with butterfly noses may never develop a completely pigmented nose. 

Under the AKC standard, pink spots on the nose of an Aussie one year or older should not exceed 25 percent. Otherwise, it is considered a fault and an entirely pink nose, aka Dudley nose, is a disqualification. Dudley noses, however, are uncommon in Australian Shepherds.

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a blue merle Aussie puppy with tan makings

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a red merle Aussie puppy

This is a red merle Australian Shepherd puppy. Red merle Aussies have liver or brown noses. A red-appearing Australian Shepherd with a black nose is a red flag that they may actually be a sable or a yellow dog, both unacceptable colors.

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a blue merle Aussie puppy with tan makings

Generally, Australian Shepherds are considered fully grown at the age of one year and four months. However, most Australian Shepherds reach their adult height around a year old. A full-grown female Australian Shepherd will stand at 18 to 21 inches tall. 

On the other hand, adult male Australian Shepherds tend to be slightly taller, standing from 20 to 23 inches tall. At the age of 8, an Australian Shepherd is considered a senior dog. They tend to be less active at this age. Australian Shepherds usually die at the age of 13 to 15, with cancer being the leading cause of death.

FYI, the pictures in this article were taken from Instagram accounts, @australianshepherdworld and @aussiesglobe. You can follow those accounts for more cute Australian Shepherd photos.

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