Most dogs that we encounter have your standard brown eyes, but did you know some breeds of dog can have green eyes or even blue? Here are 10 dog breeds that have blue eyes.
This action-loving breed was originally developed (in the United States) to help ranchers and perform herding duties. The merle coats and blue eyes of these dogs differentiate them from other breeds. Having said that, the color of the eyes is dependent on genetic inheritance and can vary from dog to dog. Therefore, you can find an Australian Shepherd with brown or amber eyes.
The intelligence and learning desire of Australian Shepherds make them amazing companions who love to play with their owners.
Alaskan Klee Kai
The appearance of an Alaskan Klee Kai is a true reflection of its northern heritage. This dog is often regarded as a smaller version of the Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute. In fact, the name “Klee Kai” also means “small dog”. Ranging from fluffy coats to blue eyes, these dogs resemble the physical appearance of their larger cousins.
In contrast to their immense energy, they have a tolerant nature which accounts for their success as companions. However, you will need to give your dog a lot of exercise to keep him/her entertained.
Originally bred in the British Isles, Border Collies are considered the smartest among all dog breeds. Just like Australian Shepherds, these dogs offer an attractive combination of merle patterning and blue eyes. A lot of people believe that a Husky ancestor is a reason for the blue eyes but that’s NOT true. Instead, it is a deep-rooted characteristic of this breed.
Merle patterning means that there is a dilution of pigment in their coats. The presence of a merle gene increases the chances of diluting the eye pigment. When that happens, the eyes of a Border Collie becomes blue. The blue eyes of Border Collies are also known as ‘glass eyes’.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Historically, this farm dog was really alert and reliable for herding livestock. Similarly, it also helped the farmers with other farm duties. Nowadays, the strong work drive of Corgis allows them to excel in all kinds of dog sports. Despite their short legs and long bodies, they are extremely athletic and agile (which can be surprising for many).
Corgis come in a variety of coat colors such as blue, red, sable, and black merle. The color of their eyes is also dependent on their merle coloring. Therefore, the dogs that have blue coats are quite likely to have blue eyes.
These hunting dogs were developed in Germany to hunt badgers and vermin. The fact that Dachshunds have short legs allowed them to move easily in tunnels, during their underground chases. Likewise, they have a unique body shape (with elongated rib-cage) that is perfect for such ventures. Nowadays, this dog breed is more interested in enjoying human company than chasing rabbits.
Although the default eye color for Dachshunds is brown, some of them can have blue eyes. This variation is generally caused by genetics and pigmentation. Dapple patterning is the most common physical feature that complements these stunning blue eyes.
The polka-dotted coat of this dog breed makes them incredibly easy to identify. Similarly, their regal features are also quite distinct. Although very few in number, some Dalmatians can have blue eyes. There is no doubt that it adds to their overall beauty but it also has a massive drawback.
The genes that cause the change of eye color are also associated with deafness. For this reason, the blue eyes of a Dalmatian are always considered a sign of warning. Therefore, if you are planning to adopt a Dalmatian, you MUST check his eye color.
These domestic dogs were originally bred to herd cattle. However, the main task of Rottweilers was to pull carts of butchered meat to the market. This is the reason why they were called “Rottweiler Metzgerhund” (German), which means Rottweil butcher’s dogs. They are also among the earliest dog breeds that served in police and military.
The classical appearance of a Rottweiler is marked by its black and tan coat and brown eyes. Having said that, it is possible for you to encounter a blue-eyed Rottweiler. Even though they are incredibly rare, some members of this breed can have a blue eye or eyes.
Shetland Sheepdog is yet another herding dog that can have blue eyes. This intelligent breed originated from Scotland and have always been famous for their intelligence. The desire to please their people makes them perfect for big families or multi-pet households. That’s the reason why they have done so well as family dogs.
Like several other dog breeds, the blue eyes of Shelties are also caused by the merle gene. This gene is responsible for diluting the melanin on random places which results in a patchy coat. This process can also alter the color of the dog’s eyes. Generally, one of the eyes of a Shetland Sheepdog is blue while the other one will be brown or amber.
It is impossible to make a list of blue-eyed dog breeds without the inclusion of Huskies. In fact, they can be proclaimed as an ambassador (among dogs) for blue eyes. However, it is possible to encounter a Husky with brown eyes. According to research, a gene mutation in ALX4 (on chromosome 18) is responsible for these iconic blue eyes.
Hailing from northeastern Asia (Siberia), these graceful dogs are often praised for their endurance against extreme climate. They were developed thousands of years ago by the Chukchi people. The adaptability and enthusiasm of this breed enable them to socialize easily. This makes them an amazing companion for all the people living in cold climates.
Commonly known as the “Gray Ghost”, Weimaraners are quite famous for their silvery-gray coats and blue eyes. Most of these dogs are born with blue eyes but the color may change as they grow older. This is because the quantity of melanin increases and it can lead to warmer colors. Amber and gold are two shades that are also common among Weimaraners.
In the early 19th century, royalty used this dog breed to hunt larger animals like deer, boar, and even bears. Despite their hunting background, these dogs can do quite well as domestic dogs if they are given proper exercise.