Dear Labby: Eye color?
We fell in love with dog at the shelter because of her beautiful eyes. One was blue and one was brown and they were so expressive. Our friends tell us that maybe there is something wrong with her or that she might become aggressive. Should we be worried?
Aggressive? I don’t know where these rumors get started…never heard that one before and I bet there are thousands of folks out there with dogs with different colored eyes to dispute it! While the dominant eye color for dogs is brown, many breeds have are known for having different colored eyes. The condition is called Heterochromia and it just means the melanin or pigment in the iris of one eye is less than the other. No big deal. Dogs, cats and even horses (as well as humans) can have the condition. Among dogs, Akita’s, Australian Shepherds, Huskies, and Dalmatians frequently have eyes of different colors and some show dog breeder actually select dogs with the condition as it makes them stand out in the show ring.
Heterochromia is hereditary, so your Belle likely got it from one of her parents, but it can also be a result of an eye disease such as glaucoma so you should have her checked thoroughly by your vet.
Any of our readers have dogs with different colored eyes?
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