Huskies have the prettiest eyes and are almost well-known for their striking eye color. But why do huskies have different eye colors? You may have seen them with icy blue, but do all huskies have blue eyes or are blue-eyed huskies rare? What are the rarest husky eye colors? If you’ve ever thought hard enough about huskies, you might have had these questions.
What color eyes can Huskies have?
Huskies often have either blue or brown eyes. Sometimes, their eyes can have multiple hues, with both blue and brown mixed in. Some huskies even have heterochromia where each eye is a different color. In some very rare cases, some huskies also have green eyes.
Sometimes people assume that blue eyes are a sign of a medical problem, while others assume that all huskies have blue eyes. There are quite a lot of questions about huskies and their eyes.
We spent some time going through all the research around huskies and took the opinions of dog experts to put our information together.
Husky Eye Colors
Huskies have very distinct eyes – not just because of their almond shape, but also because of the staggering colors.
Most people know huskies to have blue eyes. It is probably the most common and most known color for huskies and is why people find huskies to be so good-looking. Rarely do any other dog breeds have eyes that are even remotely close to the icy blue of huskies.
Some husky pups have deep blue eyes, but others may even have an icy shade that is very close to white. Sometimes, people assume huskies have white eyes, but this is actually just a very specific shade of blue.
Blue-eyed huskies will often also have dark skin around their eyes. Since they are already quite large, this makes them look fierce and makes the bright shade of blue stand out even more. This ring of dark skin also helps huskies with deflecting rays from the sun and the reflection of light on various surfaces, like mirrors or snow.
Another color most commonly found in huskies is brown. In fact, brown and blue eyes are closely linked since if you remove melanin from brown eyes, they will turn blue (though you shouldn’t do this). That’s why, even if you have two blue-eyed huskies, their offspring can have brown eyes.
For people who don’t know how genetics work, this can be quite confusing, and they may assume there’s something wrong. But your husky is totally fine, they just have a very specific genetic makeup.
Just like with blue eyes, brown-eyed huskies also have different shades of brown. Some have very light eyes that are almost hazel, while others can have a very dark brown shade.
Sometimes, very rarely, huskies can have green eyes. However, because it is so rare, there aren’t a lot of shades of green that you can find in huskies’ eyes. But because green is already rare, it’s considered to be special.
In fact, the American Kennel Club doesn’t consider green eyes as a standard for huskies due to how rare it really is.
However, sometimes huskies aren’t necessarily born with green eyes! Young huskies that are growing into adults may transition from blue to brown eyes (yes, this is possible!) and sometimes this transition does not complete fully. This results in the eye color turning green.
Heterochromia is a condition where each eye is a different color. In humans, this is a sign of some kind of birth defect, but in animals it’s quite common and is related to the level of melanin in the eye. Sometimes, Siberian huskies can have heterochromia as well. About 12-15% of huskies have heterochromia, which is actually quite a large number!
In fact, of all breeds of dog, heterochromia occurs most frequently in huskies. The most common combination of colors is brown and blue, but sometimes you may also find combinations of green and blue or green and brown. However, this is very rare.
Another thing that is relatively common in huskies is having particolored eyes. This is somewhat like heterochromia in that it involves two colors, but this time, both these colors are in the same eye.
For example, a husky could have eyes that are blue and brown, with either color blended in some part. Some huskies even have eyes that are almost perfectly divided into blue and brown! This doesn’t indicate any sort of defect or problem. Parti-colored and heterochromatic eyes are both normal, though they are not as common.
You may also sometimes find green and brown or green and blue parti-colored eyes, but like heterochromia, this is extremely rare.
Do Huskies Have Red Eyes?
You might think that your husky has red eyes, but this is untrue. Some shades of brown are very close to red or have a reddish hue. This means that when light hits the eye at a certain angle, the eyes may look red.
However, if you notice a reddish tinge to your dog’s eyes and are certain that it’s not just because of the brown shade, you should probably see a vet. Sometimes, eye conditions like conjunctivitis or ulcers can make the eyes red.
Do Huskies’ Eyes Change Color?
Like any other dog, huskies’ eyes do change color. As the dog grows, their eyes can change depending on the concentration of melanin and its genetic makeup.
Not all dogs change color, though. Some retain their blue or brown eyes, which are commonly found in huskies. Some Husky puppies will grow and acquire either heterochromia or parti-colored eyes over time, and others may just not transition fully and end up with green.
Husky puppies’ eye color usually starts changing at about 5 to 8 weeks old. If you’d been excited about your puppy’s eye color, don’t keep your hopes up. The permanent eye color for huskies usually settles in about 12 to 16 weeks old. Sometimes, though puppies will still be changing their eye color until they’re 6 months old.
After this, huskies do not change their eye color. If you suddenly notice changes in eye color after your husky has grown past 6 months of age, you should take them to a vet. There is a chance that they may have an eye condition that needs to be checked. If your husky has brown eyes that are now suddenly hazy gray or blue, this is a sign of trouble.
Huskies are known for their beautiful eyes. Their icy blue eyes are actually one of their key features that make them really stand out. Husky owners have probably been stopped just so people can appreciate their dog’s eyes! But there is a lot more to a husky’s eyes than just the color blue.
They can have brown or green eyes, and even multiple colors in the same or both eyes, making them a favorite for photographers.