I’ve always been a sucker for a well-practiced pair of puppy dog eyes, but there’s something about those baby blues that is completely irresistible. Dogs with blue eyes aren’t as common as their brown-eyed counterparts. And while we love our pups no matter what they look like, piercing blue eyes never fail to catch our attention.
Blue eyes are only found in a handful of dog breeds. It’s technically caused by a lack of pigmentation, and it can sometimes be the result of a genetic abnormality. Dogs with blue eyes are somewhat rare, and we want to celebrate their stunning good looks.
Here are a few gorgeous dog breeds that often get the gene for blue eyes.
1. Australian Shepherd
Active, agile, and full of energy, the Australian Shepherd is a medium-sized dog that is always ready to go. To the park, the trails, or maybe the farm, it doesn’t matter where—this stunning dog is happy to go to work.
The first Australian Shepherds were bred to herd livestock. They have a great work ethic, and they also love people. Today, Aussies are revered for more than their ability to work on the farm. The breed comes in many different colors and patterns, and they’re truly gorgeous dogs.
Not every Australian Shepherd has blue eyes, but many of them do. They can also have brown or amber colored eyes.
It’s impossible to miss a Dalmatian’s signature spots. This dog breed is one of the most recognizable in the world, and they tend to attract attention everywhere they go. But besides their uniquely spotted coat patterns, Dalmatians are also known for their beautiful eyes.
While most Dalmatians have brown eyes, the breed also carries the gene for blue eyes. A blue-eyed Dalmatian is undoubtedly beautiful, but it’s important to point out that breeding dogs for blue eyes is usually discouraged. Dalmatians are among the list of dog breeds that are especially prone to an auto-recessive gene that causes deafness. The gene that causes hearing issues is also linked to eye color, and many blue-eyed Dalmatians have hearing loss in one or both ears.
Of course, not every Dalmatian with blue eyes is deaf. Breeders are responsible for making ethical decisions to protect individual dogs and the breed as a whole.
Weimaraners are big dogs with distinctive good looks. Their sleek silver coats cover well-muscled and athletic bodies. As sporting dogs, Weimaraners are both powerful and graceful. They’re also abundantly friendly and respond well to training.
As for their eyes, Weimaraners can have either gorgeous golden eyes or pale blue/gray eyes. When they’re puppies, their eyes are a strikingly bright blue. As they mature, their eyes can change color depending on genetics. Dogs with blue eyes are slightly less common.
4. Border Collie
Border Collies are a type of dog that needs daily exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy. They’re affectionate workaholics that were once bred solely to work on farms and manage large herds of livestock. There are still Border Collies that rule modern-day farms, but the intelligent dog breed has also found a place as a pampered family member.
Whether it’s obedience, herding, or agility, Border Collies are often the stars of the show. They’re a popular breed, but they’re not for everyone. Keeping these active dogs happy takes a lot of time and effort.
The classic black and white Border Collie is probably the easiest to recognize, but there are actually 17 standard colors. Coat colors are most often paired with brown eyes, but blue eyes are also possible. A blue-eyed Border Collie is somewhat rare, and they’re especially beautiful.
5. Siberian Husky
Out of all the dogs with blue eyes, the Siberian Husky is arguably the one most associated with lighter eye color. They possess a gene that allows for dark fur and blue eyes—something that is especially rare and stunning.
Like the Border Collie, Huskies are popular dogs that don’t fit in with every family. They’re highly intelligent, somewhat stubborn, and they need rigorous exercise. A lot of people bring them home because of their obvious good looks, but so many Huskies end up in shelters because their owners realize how much work they can be.
Before you fall in love with a Husky’s gorgeous blue eyes, make sure you do your research and are prepared to properly care for an active dog.
6. Great Dane
Weighing up to 200 pounds, it’s impossible to miss the regal beauty of a Great Dane. Most of these gentle giants have brown eyes, but dogs with the harlequin coat pattern can also have lighter blue eyes. All Great Dane puppies are born with blue eyes, but only the harlequin Danes have a chance of keeping those ice blue peepers. It’s because they possess the Merle gene that affects pigmentation.
As with other dog breeds, breeding specifically for blue eyes is discouraged. If a puppy inherits two Merle genes, one from its mom and one from its dad, it has a high risk of having health problems. Double Merle dogs are often blind, deaf, or both.
When harlequin Great Danes are responsibly bred, however, there’s a decent chance they’ll keep their blue eyes past puppyhood and be completely healthy.
Source: American Kennel Club
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