Is it bad for a dog to have blue eyes?

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The merle gene typically causes a lightening of pigment in the coat as well as in the dog's irises.

Most dogs have brown eyes, so their eyes have a lot of pigment.

Therefore, blue eyes can be a sign of a dog carrying merle genes.

Blue eye color, however, does not automatically mean the dog will develop eye problems.

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Eye Color. Chihuahuas, per AKC standard, are to have luminous (shiny) dark or ruby eyes.

White or light tan dogs may have light eyes (hazel).

Blue eyes can be found with this breed, however are considered to be a fault.

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10 Dog Breeds With Blue Eyes

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3. A rare blue eye gene.

Dog breeds like the border collie and the husky can possess and share a dominant blue eye gene.

Other breeds, like the corgi and beagle, have a recessive and rarely-seen gene marker for blue eyes.

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All white boxers have pigment in their eyes - even the sky blue eyes are pigmented.

The boxer breed standard stipulates that two-thirds of the body be either fawn or brindle in color.

Because of this limitation, white boxers do not meet the breed standard and are therefore frequently euthanized at birth.

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While blue eyed Dalmatians will by no means always be deaf, blue eyes in the dog is considered by many breed authorities to be a fault, and the breeding of blue eyed dogs is sometimes discouraged.

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In almost all breeds blue eyes is affected by coat color and is a rare occurrence in any breed.

The American Pitbull Terrier has so many different coat and eye colors like white pitbulls with blue eyes which many other breeds don't have these characteristics.

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However, just like with any other appearance trait in a purebred dog like the Rottweiler, blue eyes can appear along a color spectrum. Some Rottweilers may have darker or lighter blue eyes as well. In some cases, it may be hard to determine if the eyes are truly blue or if they are black.
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