10 Dog Breeds With Eyes So Blue You Will be Awestruck for Days

Quick: Name one other thing more strikingly gorgeous than a blue-eyed dog breed. Yeah, we guessed you’d remain silent.    

While there’s no disputing that every dog is breathtaking in its own way (we see you, brown and golden-eyed dogs), most of us often do a double-take when we spot a dog with enchanting blue eyes. I mean, dogs with blue eyes often exude a special aura that’s hard not to obsess over. Ever wondered what’s the reason behind blue eyes in dogs? Turns out, a gene mutation is responsible for this remarkable eye color.

Generally speaking, dog breeds with blue eyes have either of these two unique coat patterns: a Merle coat or a Piebald coat. The Merle gene is responsible for a Merle coat, while the S-Locus (Spotting Locus) gene is responsible for — you guessed it right — a Piebald coat. These two genes dilute the color pigmentation of a dog’s eyes, coat, and even paw pads (but don’t necessarily cause health problems).

In the simplest terms, a Merle coat is characterized by irregular markings of darker and lighter color shades on a dog’s coat. A Piebald coat, on the other hand, is defined by random color patches or “white spotting” on the coat.

Since having blue eyes is a rare trait mostly associated with Merle and Piebald-coated breeds, it’s considered a “flaw” in other non-merle or non-piebald breeds. This explains why some blue-eyed dogs may be disqualified from the show ring by the American Kennel Club (AKC); they are neither Merle nor Piebald, meaning their unusual eye color isn’t in line with the AKC’s breed standard.  

It’s worth noting that Merle and Piebald-coated breeds can also be heterochromatic, that is, dogs with one blue eye and one brown eye. Interestingly, dogs with heterochromia can also have a mix of two different colors within the same eye.

Some unscrupulous breeders often breed two blue-eyed dogs with the goal of achieving an entire litter of blue-eyed puppies. It’s not advisable to breed two merle gene carriers since the outcome is often puppies with life-changing health issues such as deafness and blindness. Double merle dogs have inherited two copies of the merle gene. While one copy of the merle gene can give a dog a beautiful multi-colored coat, two copies of the gene can cause serious health problems. Double merles are often born fully deaf and blind and may experience other health issues that shorten their lifespan. Double merle Pitbulls also don’t get the signature merle coat and usually come out completely white. Double merle is different from albino and is so serious that breeding two merle dogs together is considered unethical in the world of dog breeding. 

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Double merle Pitbulls are dogs who have inherited two copies of the merle gene. While one copy of the merle gene can give a dog a beautiful multi-colored coat, two copies of the gene can cause serious health problems. Double merles are often born fully deaf and blind and may experience other health issues that shorten their lifespan. Double merle Pitbulls also don’t get the signature merle coat and usually come out completely white. Double merle is different from albino and is so serious that breeding two merle dogs together is considered unethical in the world of dog breeding. 

Now, without further ado, here are the top 10 dog breeds that are more likely to have blue eyes compared to other breeds:

1. Siberian Husky

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2. Australian Shepherd 

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3. Cardigan Welsh Corgi 

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4. Weimaraner

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5. Border Collie

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6. Catahoula Leopard Dog

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7. Dapple Dachshunds

A dapple Dachshund with heterochromatic eye lying on grass, Dapple Dachshunds are among the common dog breeds with blue eyes
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8. Dalmatian 

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9. Alaskan Klee Kai

Close up of an Alaskan Klee Kai standing close to a ball, Alaskan Klee Kais are among the common dog breeds with blue eyes
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10. Great Dane

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Just to add some joy to your day, here are a few real-life, blue-eyed dogs that you’ll wish you’d bumped into on the internet streets earlier:

Chase, a White Dog With Blue Eyes

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Mickey, a Bulldog With Blue Eyes 

https://www.instagram.com/mickeyblueeyesbulldog/

Sinatra, a Pit Bull Dog With Blue Eyes

https://www.instagram.com/sinatra_blue_eyed_pitbull/

Greyson, a German Shepherd Dog With Blue Eyes

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Blu, a Bernese Mountain Dog With Blue Eyes 

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