Dear Labby: Eye color?

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Dear Labby

Dear Labby


Dear Labby,

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?

Blue-eyed Belle



Dear Blue-eyed,blueeyed

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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  1. In college I knew a girl who had one green eye and one brown eye. She wasn’t aggressive. It’s just some kind of weird genetic anomaly that happens rarely.
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  2. Great question and glad you clarified it so well. Rumors can get a little out of hand!
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  3. Different colored eyes are cool! As long as your eyes are healthy enjoy all the extra attention you get because your eyes look different!
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  4. Never heard that dogs with different colored eyes become aggressive either. I wonder if the people were thinking of some of the breeds where it is more common or something?
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  5. Hi Y’all!

    I seem to have seen more husky breeds and herding breeds with different color eyes. We brown dogs seem to have everything brown. Good thing my Human likes brown, isn’t it?

    Never known one with different color eyes that was aggressive.

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    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  6. Never heard that either. Seen many husky’s with 2 different eye colors and never a aggression problem. It makes them unique.
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  7. That is one strange Old Wive’s Tale…My mom (human) had two different colored eyes so I find this extra funny (no, she wasn’t aggressive…well maybe just a little pushy 🙂 )
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  8. You do have to wonder where these rumors come from! I’ve never had a dog like that, but if I was at a shelter picking out a dog, I would be very attracted to one with two different colored eyes. It makes them so distinctive and beautiful.
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    • I know – those blue eyes on dogs is so compelling!
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  9. Hey I just got done writing about heterochromia over at my blog not too long ago. I was surprised to learn that there are many people who don’t want to adopt dogs with different colored eyes. I just never really thought of it like that before. Definitely a good question to ask!
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  10. Really, where do people get some of their ideas? Maybe they shouldn’t be dog parents in the first place. Love Dolly

  11. BOL never heard that before!

  12. We’ve had a number of doggie friends w/ different color eyes and none of them have ever been aggressive. My friend Willow’s human brother adopted a sweet husky named Noro and she has different color eyes. She’s kind of a wild and crazy gal, but that’s ’cause she’s a husky, not because her eyes are different colors. (No offense to our husky friends, of course, we love them all — but huskies are huskies: amazing, fun and wild beasts!)

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