I want to buy a Siberian Husky, and I'm interested in knowing if they all have blue eyes or if they have different eye colors.
Siberian Huskies may have any of several different eye colors:
- pale blue
- dark blue
In some individual dogs, one eye may be brown and the other blue (complete heterochromia), or one or both eyes may be "parti-colored," that is, half brown and half blue (partial heterochromia). All of these eye-color combinations are considered acceptable by the American Kennel Club1
The breed standard for the Siberian Husky (english spelling of Husky Siberano) from the American Kennel Club states:
Eyes: almond shaped, moderately spaced and set a trifle obliquely. Eyes may be brown or blue in color; one of each or parti-colored are acceptable. Faults - Eyes set too obliquely; set too close together
So there are several eye colors allowed in this breed.
DNA testing of more than 6,000 dogs has revealed that a duplication on canine chromosome 18 is strongly associated with blue eyes in Siberian Huskies, according to a study published October 4, 2018, in the open-access journal PLOS Genetics by Adam Boyko and Aaron Sam’s of Embark Veterinary, Inc., and colleagues.” As explained in the article out of the estimated 6,000 dogs they tested all of them had blue eyes. They explain if a husky doesn’t have blue eyes that could mean the genes weren’t transferred correctly and the dog is missing Chromosome 18 which could cause some minor to major problems in the dog’s eye health. Some of these problems could be blurry eyesight discoloration around the pupil and even being blind in one eye with the risk of being blind in both. The way the genes become messed up is, the male dog that holds the eye color gene can have different health problems that can cause a cell that helps assemble proteins is missing or weak. If the cell is missing, the gene that hold the eye color can’t create the needed cell that makes it blue. These health problems usually have something to do with the dog’s stomach. There aren’t any symptoms that can help the owner know if this issue is present. Scientist and doctors still aren’t sure what causes these problems within the dog’s stomach. If your huskie is female you don’t have to worry about these issues unless her eyes aren’t blue.