Owning a Siberian Husky has its benefits, and I love every moment I have with mine. However, I know that many first-time owners have their worries as well, especially the Siberian Husky eye color change!
You may have noticed that your Husky’s eyes may change color, or have it stay the same as they grow older. Either way, it’s something many are interested in, wanting to know what the colors mean.
Not to worry about their eyesight though, as the eye color changing rarely affects their overall health. To help you learn more about your dog’s eyes and how color plays a role in their growth, read on!
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Siberian Husky Eye Color Change
Did you know that your Husky puppy can change eye colors? Usually, they are born with blue eyes, but as they grow up, these eyes tend to change color, just like how their coats do.
And no, this doesn’t mean any “defects” on your Husky, as it’s normal for their eyes to change. If you bought your dog from a breeder, they will most likely mention that there isn’t a guarantee that their eyes stay blue forever.
Just like most puppies, Huskies would open their eyes about 18-20 days after their birth, with their retinas fully formed two days after that. Most, if not all, newborn Huskies, would have light blue to blue eyes, as this is the dominant trait.
But once they reach five to eight weeks old, these blue colors can change to gray or a dark blue, settling to amber or brown, depending on their genetics. Sometimes, the brown colors can turn greenish!
When does the eye color settle? It usually happens when they turn 16 weeks old, though some owners have reported eye color changes until their Huskies are six months old.
Again, this does not affect your puppy in any way. According to the standards of the American Kennel Club, it’s acceptable for a Husky to have blue, brown, or mixed eyes. The blue color can range from gray to bright blue, while the brown can be copper-orange to chocolate brown.
The only time it’s time to worry about your Husky is if they experience any symptoms related to common eye conditions. Such eye diseases at a young age are usually caused by genetics, with the father Husky carrying the gene. Make sure to ask the breeder about the parent history to rule out hereditary diseases.
What Are the Husky’s Different Eye Colors?
The one reason I love Siberian huskies is because of their beautiful eyes! They usually have icy cold blue eyes, but that can differ as well. Here are some of the common eye colors a Siberian Husky usually has:
- Bright blue eyes which vary from light ice to dark blue
- Light brown to dark brown eyes
- Bi-eyed, having one brown and one blue eye color!
- Parti-colored or split eyes, which means they have multiple colors in ONE eye. For example, a brown eye has a hint of blue hues!
You can determine the eye color in puppies once they reach six months old. It’s best to photograph their eyes (better when under natural sunlight) once they begin opening to have a full record!
Why Does My Husky Have Different Eyes?
Is your Husky unique and have two different eye colors? It looks beautiful, but why does this happen?
This is known as Heterochromia, which refers to bi-colored eyes. It comes from a deficiency or excess of melanin, which is a pigment responsible for the eyes’ iris. Not to worry, it doesn’t affect your Husky (or any dog breed’s) health.
Another thing it can cause is the split eyes, having two different colors in just ONE eye! Again, this is also normal and a beautiful phenomenon of dogs.
This has NOTHING to do with cross-breeding, so you won’t have to think about getting a “mixed” dog. Even Purebred Siberian Huskies have different eye colors.
According to statistics, 2 of 5 Huskies have blue eyes, another 2 of 5 have brown shades, while 1 of 5 will either have bi-colored or particolored eyes.
You can check out this adorable video on the different eye colors of a Siberian Husky:
Wrapping It Up
Siberian Huskies are well-known for their amazing eyes and energetic personality! While they do have beautiful blue eyes, be wary that they can change but it doesn’t make them any less of a Husky! As long as they have healthy eye colors and sight, you won’t have to worry about any diseases in the long run.
I hope this article on the Siberian Husky eye color change helped you out! Learn more about the Husky as they grow older and focus on their health and training now.