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How Do Huskies Get Green Eyes? You Might Be Surprised

Siberian huskies are agile and proactive dogs, which make for great family pets too. They have a history of being associated with Chinese households where they were trusted. They love playing outdoors and need a good amount of physical activity every day.

They do not require much attention after they have been given their playtime. The Siberian Husky is also one of the cleanest breeds of dogs. They are naturally hygienic and do not stink of doggy odor as much.

It is an exciting question if you have a Siberian Husky as your furry friend, more if it has green eyes. There are a lot of things that the eye color of huskies indicates. Some huskies are just born with green eyes, and some might develop a condition in the later stages of their lives.

The other thing which the breed is famous for is how attractive the dogs look. They have a beautiful coat of fur at almost all times. If you comb your dog properly, the hair is always on point. Another feature is their aesthetic eyes, which look like jewels on the white fur.

What Are Various Eye Colorations Of Huskies?

Huskies are born with various eye colors. These colors are usually shades of blue, brown, and green. Some dogs have the peculiar feature of having bi-eyes in which both their eyes are of different colors. Sights like these are somewhat rare.

Some huskies have parti-eyes. In this, the color of a single eye is mixed and cannot be confined to a single shade. Bi-eyes and Parti-eyes are perfectly normal things. They do not signify anything about the Husky’s health. There are various health references which are given as you read further.

Here is a look at the major eye colors of Siberian Huskies.

Blue

You must have seen at least one husky that has blue eyes. A major chunk of the husky population has blue eyes, and there are some reasons which exist regarding that. The blue eyes come in all shades, and there is always some unique feature in every dog’s eyes.

The blue color is seen in abundance due to genetic mutation theories. People also believe that the initial habitat of the breed has some role to play in it. In the case of Siberian huskies, blue color never hints towards illness.

All the puppy huskies have blue eyes in the first three weeks of their existence. They may evolve in a different color later, but the genes play a very strong role when a puppy has just been brought to the world.

Brown

Brown is also an abundantly visible color. The color adds unmatched grace and warmth to the already straight faces of Siberian Huskies. The color accentuates their face and is often liked by the masses.

Like blue, all shades of the color brown can be seen in Huskies’ eyes.

Green

The story repeats itself with green color too. Although, there are not many shades of green that are visible in the breed. Green eyes are still a carved niche when it comes to vibrant eyed huskies.

The green color looks more attractive because of its rareness. There are still more green shades that are yet to be added to the roster.

The rareness of green colored eyes also gives horrors to pet keepers. They believe that the eyes are trying to convey some sort of ailment. However, nothing conclusive can be said about this. 

Bi-Eyed

As the name suggests, Bi-Eyed huskies have different colored eyes. Around 12-15% of the total breed is big-eyed, which boils down to a huge number. This fact also proves how the anatomy of Siberian Huskies is so dynamic and variable.

Bi-Eyed Huskies tend to have some eye issues as they move forward. These eye problems are not so common with huskies that have a single color.

Parti Eyed

Parti Eyed Huskies do not form a very big number. They are approximately 3-5% of the entire breed. These huskies have a mix of two colors inside one dog. Some huskies have perfect symmetry in the color distribution.

Heterochromia

Huskies all over the globe have different eye colors, and this fact shocks a lot of people. This happens with the human species, too but it does not get very evident owing to the larger population size.

This distinction in eyes happens due to mutations, which can be seen in more dog species too. This distinction happens due to something which is called Heterochromia. It is a situation that occurs when the body experiences a lack of Melanin. Melanin is the pigment that takes care of the color of the iris.

Melanin has no bad implications on the health of the dogs. Its absence is what makes every dog unique. Crossbreeding has no place in this phenomenon. It is a natural trait that cannot be altered until conscious efforts are made.

Do Huskies Change Their Eye Color?

Huskies tend to change the color of their eyes. It happens just like the coating of their fur. All the puppy huskies have blue color at the beginning, which is evolved as time passes by. Usually, twelve to sixteen weeks are enough for the true color to rise.

This is a very peculiar trait, and some keepers are usually frightened of this. The changing of the eye color is always mentioned by the breeder.

What Are The Most Common Eye Problems With Huskies?

Huskies are rough and tough dogs with very sturdy body, but still, they are prone to catch diseases. Many conditions are present, and you should be aware of them so that you can distinguish between what looks natural and what looks not.

Hereditary Cataracts

These cataracts start emerging in the early days of a husky’s life. This happens because of the genes that are transferred. The perpetual streak never breaks, and thus hereditary cataracts always find a way to clinch onto some young puppy.

This is a very serious issue as it can cause permanent blindness to a husky. This problem is getting highlighted more and more so that no dog faces the dilemma of not being able to see. If your dog has this issue, you should feed them with the right nutrients so that the future generation can be safe. 

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

This is an issue that is known for damaging the rods of the retina. It causes the breed to face blindness at night, which slowly transforms into full-time blindness. It is a very serious issue that has been capturing many young huskies. This issue is treatable if it can be detected earlier.

Corneal Dystrophy

Corneal dystrophy does not have a blinding effect on the eyes of the dog. It is responsible for the lazy look which starts to form in the corneas of the dogs.

This ailment leaves the breed with permanent visual disorders like blurry vision and difficulty in seeing. This is one of the biggest visual ordeals for dogs as they have partial control over their actions.

The above-mentioned diseases do show their signs. If you are vigilant enough, you will be able to catch them too. Once you identify such problems, there is no point in delaying. You should consult your vet immediately so that you can offer the best possible treatment to your dog.

Final Words

Green eyes on a husky might not be an everyday thing to watch, but if your dog has a set of green eyes, there is nothing you have to worry about. You just have to focus on feeding them properly and taking them out for a walk regularly.

Their metabolism is solely responsible for their attack against any prospective issues which may emerge. All the diseases which are mentioned in this article attack the dogs who have a weaker immune system than the rest of the breed.

Huskies have the natural trait of having distinctive eyes, but you should always pay attention to their patterns. If the color of their eyes changes after 16 weeks, it might be some underlying issue. You should not refrain from taking your dog to the pet doctor in such cases.

There is no specific reason except for Melanin that causes a husky to have green eyes. So, if your buddy has those green eyes, consider him rare and give him an extra treat tonight.

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