Why does the akc disqualify blue eyes in malamutes?

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The FAR more likely explanation for true blue in a Malamutes eyes is that there is a medical issue, or that the dog has a Siberian in its pedigree and is not a purebred Malamute. Thus the reason for the characteristic being a disqualification in the standard.
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A purebred Alaskan Malamute cannot have blue eyes.

This is the only disqualification in the American Kennel Club (AKC) breed standard.

An Alaskan Malamute with blue eyes would be immediately disqualified.

In Malamutes and many other breeds dark brown eyes are strongly preferred.

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A purebred Alaskan Malamute cannot have blue eyes.

This is the only disqualification in the American Kennel Club (AKC) breed standard.

An Alaskan Malamute with blue eyes would be immediately disqualified.

In Malamutes and many other breeds dark brown eyes are strongly preferred.

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If your Malamute does have blue eyes, this is almost certainly a result of crossbreeding at some point in their lineage with a dog that does carry the necessary blue-eye gene. More often than not the other dog is a Siberian Husky, another wolf-like breed that has similar features to an Alaskan Malamute.
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10 Dog Breeds With Blue Eyes

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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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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.

The iris of the eye is colored by melanin (The same stuff that gives pigmentation to our skin.)

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Nuclear sclerosis, also called lenticular sclerosis, can cause the pupils of your dog's eyes to take on a cloudy bluish-gray appearance.

the condition is also seen in humans and horses.

This condition is a normal change to the lenses of the eyes that typically occurs in dogs over the age of six.

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