Not everyone was swayed by Hachi’s bottomless brown eyes and Richard Gere’s acting in the movie
And that’s why many still find blue-eyed dogs special. There’s no denying that blue-eyed dogs are adorable. Unfortunately, sometimes blue eyes are only a symptom or a result of a disease. Namely, nuclear sclerosis, glaucoma, and so on. And because of that for quite some time this trait was considered a bad signal (understandably). Now, to the rejoicing of millions of dog-lowers, it is safe to go to a shelter or pet shop and find a perfectly healthy blue-eyed puppy. Here are some of the most popular breeds that possess that blue eyes’ sparkle.
Everyone knows the famous Siberian Husky
And this breed is probably the most popular representative of a blue-eyed dog breed. Apart from that, they are extremely clever and have a great physique. These dogs are primarily used in cold climates. Still, they’ll be a great companion for anyone living in moderate climates too. Another quite popular breed is an Australian Shepherd, also known as the Little Blue Dog. Being a shepherd dog – these are great to have when you’re into outdoor activities. You know, mountain hiking, walks in the forest and so on.
If you have a small child and a thing for blue-eyed dogs – then we have a done deal. Australian Shepherd is perfect for you. An interesting fact about these two breeds: the gene responsible for eye color is independent from the one responsible for coat color. This means that these dogs come in a wide range of coat colors and can have those beautiful blue eyes regardless also!
The connection between coat coloring and eye color we made is not random at all.
Interestingly, many breeds of dogs that have blue eyes are predominantly white-coated. These are Dalmatians, Collies (remember Lassie), Shetland Sheepdogs (and again with the shepherd dogs), harlequin Great Danes, dapple coloured Dachshunds and Australian Cattle Dogs (“Blue Heelers”).
Scientists say that the blue eye gene is recessive with almost all breeds of dogs.
Meaning, you can find it every once in a while in a breed that’s not famous for this trait. But it will be an exclusion from the general rule. You might also run into the scenario where a puppy is born with blue eyes and then the color changes over a period of time afterwards. The same is often said about humans, blue-eyed individuals are growing fewer in numbers.
With the choice of breeds being wide enough to find a perfect match for you, it is important to stay focused on what you’re getting into. Regardless of the eye color, getting a dog is a great responsibility. It is an obligation to make a calculated decision and not rush into things, because they are so cute and cuddly.
We just don’t want you to be charmed by those starry eyes and then regret it, but oh well, how can you just not love these dogs?