Saturday, 27 September 2014

The mystery behind Siberian Husky eyes

Hiya everyone.
Welcome to another week of Siberian Saturday.

Have you ever wondered why most Siberian Huskies have those striking blue eyes?

I have!
 2 of my huskies have those eyes, and I was interested in learning more about them, so I did some research.


There are some other breeds out there who can have blue eyes, but brown is the most common eye color.
Huskies are very unique when it comes to a lot of things, and eye color is one of them.
Not only can they have these stunning blues, but they can also have brown eyes, or one eye blue and one eye brown,
(also known as "bi eyes") PLUS a husky can have something called parti eye.

Parti eye means that they can have 2 different eye colors in one, or both eyes.
In other words they can have blue eyes, with brown mixed in too.


Mika has bi eyes.
One blue, one brown.


Her eye color is the very first thing I noticed in her, and I instantly fell in love with not just her, but her beautiful eyes.
Heck, her eyes even look good edited with sepia!

Why do most huskies have blue eyes?



This is the most interesting thing.
When you see another breed with blue eyes, it is most likely that they have a lighter fur color.
Or a white mask on their face.
This is due to a certain gene somewhere in that dogs bloodline.

Siberian Huskies are THE ONLY dogs who have a specific gene that causes a loss of pigmentation in the irises but NOT their coats.
This gene allows them to have very pale blue eyes, to a rich dark blue.

Siberian Husky puppies eyes are mostly always blue when they first open them at around 2 weeks of age. This does not mean they will have blue eyes in the future. Their eye color can change at around 5 weeks old!

           

This post was part of Ruckus the Eskie's Sepia Saturday blog hop!
And a big furry welcome to Ruckus's new Saturday co host :
Earl and Ethel from Earls World!


I absolutely love this photo of Lexus. I edited a color pop into the sepia version as well.


Thanks for coming by, and see you on Monday!

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36 comments:

  1. Hi there!

    Thanks so much for joining Ruckus and Earl for Sepia Saturday!!

    Lots of Woofs from Earl, Ethel and I at Earl's World!

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  2. Love those multicoloured eyes. We always feel they add character. Interesting to read about them. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. I know, I love them too! Happy weekend to you!

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  3. I just love this breed of dog :-) beautiful

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  4. Just GORG!

    Lots of Woofs from Earl, Ethel and I at Earl's World!

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  5. Lightning's eyes are like Mika's. Ciara has what mom likes to call copper colored eyes, The rest of her sibes have had blue eyes. She always remembers her first visit to the vet with our all white girl, Angel Dakota, who had the prettiest blue eyes. The vet asked Mom if she was sure that Dakota could hear - seems that white dogs with blue eyes are often deaf. Mom laughs now because Dakota was typical Siberian - deaf only when she chose to be:)

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

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    1. I have heard that about white cats as well! Strange! I have always wondered if it is true!
      But yes, I definitely agree, sibes have that selective hearing going on!!!!! BOL

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  6. That is so interesting!! I love the photos you used to illustrate as well. It's cool that you can still see a difference in Mika's eyes, even in the sepia photo (I think bi eyes are the coolest). And I love the eye color pop in the sepia one of Lexus....it really makes the color stand out. Great job!
    Lots of wags and woofs from the crew at Wag n Woof Pets



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    1. Thanks so much Jan!!! I am so glad you enjoyed our post!
      I loved the sepia with these photos!!! I absolutely agree with you, and appreciate your comment!

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  7. Wow that is so interesting! Huskies are so pretty!

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    1. Thanks!!! They are stunning dogs, thats for sure!

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  8. We've always loved the Huskies' blue eyes. Thanks for sharing with us the reason why. Very interesting.

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    1. Your very welcome :) Thank you for coming by to learn all things husky!

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  9. Wow! I did not know that! Thanks for sharing!
    I wonder if Mikko has loss of pigmentation in his eyes?
    ❀Siamese Smothers and Tuxie Tickles❀ from Mikko and Jax at Happiness is Siamese!

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    1. Your very welcome!
      I am not sure, I don't know that works with kitties! But I can most definitely research it if you like?

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  10. When Mom was growing up, their husky had one blue and one brown eye and the family loved it. The weird thing was people would always come up and ask if we had noticed...duh...how could someone not notice that in their own dog unless maybe they were color blind???

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    1. BOL!!!!! How could you not notice that??? Crazy people asking such silly questions!!

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  11. I have always wondered about that! Thank you for sharing! Their eyes are so beautiful!

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    1. Your very welcome! So glad I could share some sibe knowledge with you!

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  12. Beautiful, beautiful eyes! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  13. I think their eyes are incredibly beautiful. I love blue eyes but have to admit Bentley would look goofy with that color. I would love to have them myself. ☺ Very interesting.

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    1. BOL! Yes, I have to say, I think some breeds would look a little odd with the blue eyes! I do have blue eyes, but not that striking blue of a husky!

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  14. Fun post! I definitely fell in love with Isis' baby blues. We first saw her at 11 weeks old and fell instantly in love with her sweet loving disposition & those soulful blue eyes! A Husky puppy's blue eyes could change color as late as 7 weeks old.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Cathy, Isis & Phoebe
    www.dogsluvusandweluvthem.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes their blue eyes are just so stunning and captivating!!!

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