Are dogs with different colored eyes blind?

Asked By: Connor Predovic
Date created: Wed, Mar 24, 2021 9:58 AM
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Dogs with one blue eye suffer from the misconception that eye must be blind.

This generally isn't the case.

Dogs living with heterochromia generally have accurate canine vision, which is much different than that of a human's vision.

Answered By: Allison Cole
Date created: Thu, Mar 25, 2021 12:01 PM
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Any combination of eye color is acceptable in the breed standard, so long as the eyes are healthy.

In general, however, black Aussies (self, bi-color, or tri-color) tend to have brown eyes, while red (self, bi-color, or tri-color) Aussies tend to have amber eyes, though these Aussies may also carry the blue-eyed gene.

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These dogs do not always have blue eyes, but pale blue, "ghostly" eyes are common among the breed.

The Australian Shepherd is one of a few dog breeds that commonly have two different colored eyes, called heterochromia.

Some Aussies even display more than one color within the same eye.

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Huskies with Different Colored Eyes

Caused by a genetic mutation, those with heterochromia usually have one blue eye and one brown eye. The different colored eyes are determined by the concentration and distribution of melanin (which is a natural pigment that gives us our skin, hair and eye colors).
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Claire Beaudreault. Heterochromia iridis is a rare (and often strikingly gorgeous) condition in which animals, including humans, have two different colored eyes.

It's particularly noticeable in dogs and cats.

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My first Husky had dark brown eyes, while Sasha has a lighter brown color (middle photo below). Some people think that brown-eyed Huskies are not purebred because of their eye color, but the American Kennel Club has recognized this variation as a breed standard.
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Heterochromia iridis is a rare (and often strikingly gorgeous) condition in which animals, including humans, have two different colored eyes.

It's particularly noticeable in dogs and cats.

So why does it occur? The iris of the eye is colored by melanin (the same stuff that gives pigmentation to our skin.)

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In some dog breeds, blue eyes can be an indicator of possible vision defects.

However, they do not necessarily mean a blue-eyed dog will eventually go blind.

While Siberian Huskies and other breeds normally have blue eyes, in other breeds this eye color occurs when two merle-colored dogs produce offspring.

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