Eye Color Variations and Common Eye Diseases in the Siberian Husky Dog

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There is a myth that if a Siberian Husky has any other eye color but blue, that they are not a full blooded Sibe.  There is nothing further from the truth.

Although some people that are looking for one of these dogs are insistent on the one they choose having blue eyes, it is personal preference.  Some husky owners are partial to their dog having the mask marking on their face.  Some owners favor certain coat colors over others.  It has nothing to do with whether to dog is 100% husky or not.

Anyone can admit that the blue eyed Sibe does have a look about them that is caused by the striking shades in eye color.  For those individuals who are used to the browns of other breeds, the eye is instantly drawn to what their brain tells them is an unusual trait in a dog.  The blue eyes.

The Eye Colors of the Siberian Husky


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Eye color in the husky dog can range from blue to green to brown.  Sometimes the eye color is even mixed resulting in the dog having eyes that are different colors.  One eye may be blue and the other will be brown or green.

There is even the possibility of the Siberian Husky having what is called a parti-eye.  This is where the iris of the eye is actually more than one color.  Half of the eye may be blue while the other half is brown or green.  It's not common but it does happen.


Known Eye Problems in the Siberian Husky


Unfortunately those beautiful Siberian Husky eyes are known for their share of common problems.  Eye color does not change the risk value, these are common problems associated with the breed.

Hereditary or Juvenile Cataracts

This horrific eye disease can appear in huskies when they are puppies.  The lens of the eye develops a cataract which decreases the amount of light that is able to enter the eye.  This disease can cause loss of sight or even blindness in the husky.  It has been discovered that there is a recessive gene in the breed that causes this disease.

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Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)


PRA is a disease that affects the retina in the dog's eyes.  This disease causes damage to the rods in the retina of the eyes.  It will first cause the dog to not be able to see at night then as time goes on it develops into daytime sight blindness.  This disease has been determined to be caused by a mutation on the "X" chromosome of the female husky and passed on to her pups.  If the father is not a carrier of the gene, then the disease will not appear in the puppies.  In the male puppy who has both parents with the defective chromosome, the disease can be brutal causing complete blindness before the puppy is 6 months old.  

Corneal Dystrophy


Siberian Huskies that suffer from Corneal Dystrophy will have a crystalline opacity or haziness look to the cornea of the eyes.  The disease usually does not inter fear with the dog's vision or cause any loss of sight.  This eye disease affects females of the breed more than males.  Currently, there is no cure for this disease.

It is extremely important to check your Siberian Husky's eyes on a regular basis to ensure that you dog is not showing any of the signs of the eye problems that are common to the breed.

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  2. I live in Chile and 3 months ago an extremely malnourished dog arrived in my garden. I assume it was abandoned as it could hardly stand let alone walk. He was so dehydrated I thought he would die in the night, but to my amazement he survived. I took him to the vet in the morning and she gave him a dril to help with the dehydration. Anyway, to cut a long, horrible story short, he is still with me and is adorable, loving and obediant. I am still trying to get his muscles back to full strength as he had been tied up for a very long time I think. But from when I first took him in he seemed to be deaf and blind. Not even realising he my be a husky (or husky cross) I thought maybe for the malnourishment his senses had been affected. Now he is healthier his hearing has come back and I think some of his visión although I can't really work out what is wrong. He can smell bits of meat, but when I offer them to him he seems to have trouble finding my hand and the meat. If it drops he doesn't seem to see that it dropped and continúes to look towards me until I bend down and point to the meat at which point he works it out. Now I have been looking at huskies and I starting to think he is one as he has all the parkings and looks exactly like one, I am wondering if he has any of the eye problems above. I can' t see anything in his eyes like corneal dystrophy described above so maybe he has cataracts or PRA. Are there any tests I can do at home to test his eye sight in a more scientific way?
    I have looked after many dogs here and this one is one of the most loving smart dogs I have ever had.
    Many thanks Victoria

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  4. My husky has one blue and the other brown. He is 8 yrs old. 2 weeks ago we noticed the blue is turning brown. Why?

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  8. I have a six year old Siberian Husky with two blue eyes, she is completely white with the exception of a brindle patch over one eye (she looks like a pirate!) Lol recently, that is about 18 months ago, I noticed one of her pupils had changed shape from circular to a perfect square, I have been to my vet and she said she had never seen this before, so I was wondering if anyone else has had any experience of this and if so, is it related to any sort of health issues that may affect the eye or that may be the cause of the change in shape of the pupil. Any pointers on this would be greatly appreciated, thank you

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