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15 Beautiful Dog Breeds With Blue Eyes – A Guide to Majestic Blue Eyed Dogs

Rare and mysterious, the gaze of a blue-eyed dog tends to make an impression. However, few breeds will possess this unique trait. And even within those breeds, blue eyes can be hard to come by (it’s never a guarantee). It’s why dogs with blue eyes seem so special.

The reasons for a dog having blue eyes are all up to their genes. Different breeds will have various genes that code for blue eyes. Some inherit them as a recessive trait, and others as a mutation of other genes. And not all will have blue in both eyes.

In any case, blue eyes are much less common than darker shades, with brown being the most common color among dog breeds. So, in honor of this unique canine trait, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite blue-eyed breeds.

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Blue-Eyed Dog Breeds

Not every dog of these specific breeds have blue eyes. However, blue eyes have been seen in these dog breeds – some more common than others. Do you own a dog with blue eyes? Aren’t they amazing? Let us know in the comments section below!

1. Siberian Husky

Highlights: Loyal, Social, Mischievous

The most common dog breed to have blue eyes is the Siberian Husky.

While far from the only blue-eyed dog breed, Siberian Huskies are likely the first that comes to anyone’s mind. Though they can also have brown eyes, the bright ice-blue eyes are unforgettable. And then there are some that have one brown and one blue eye.

According to researchers, a gene mutation is the culprit for these iconic blue colored eyes in Huskies. In fact, a gene known as the ALX4 (on chromosome 18) is linked with the development of these stunning blue eyes in Huskies.

Bred in the frozen lands of northern Russia by the Chukchi people, it is as though you can see their past reflected in their eyes, full of snow and winter winds. If there were an ambassador for blue-eyed dogs , it would be the Siberian Husky.

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2. Australian Shepherd

Highlights: Smart, Cheerful, Diligent

This breed receives its blue eyes as a package deal with the same gene that results in a merle (that is, splotchy) coat. This combination gives them an air of being free-spirited and a little on the wild side (in a good way, of course).

However, Aussie Shepherds are incredibly clever and are much more likely to impose order rather than chaos. Their history as herding dogs gives them a penchant for keeping their friends and owners in line, especially with little children.

But they still make great companions with a readiness to learn that is nearly unrivaled among most dog breeds. Their smaller size hides a dog with bounds of energy and liveliness that loves to spend fun time with their owners.

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3. Border Collie

Highlights: Active, Loyal, Intelligent

Many Border Collies have one blue eye, one brown eye.

Another herding breed, Border Collies deserve a mention on this list. Like Aussies, their blue eyes will be tied to their merle patterning. The dilution of pigment in their coat means that there’s a chance that eye pigment will turn out lighter.

This breed has a history that goes back to the British Isles, where they served as top herding dogs. Over the years, successful breeding has led them to become one of the most intelligent dog breeds in all of the canine kingdom.

Some say they are actually the smartest dogs we have, though the Poodle would have much to say about that. Needless to say, a lazy lifestyle won’t suit these hard-working dogs. They need plenty of physical and mental exercise to keep them healthy and happy.

4. Dachshund

Highlights: Determined, Loving, Curious

Blue eyes is found in the Dachshund only when they have a merle pattern coat.

Whether blue or brown, Dachshunds have undeniable “puppy-eyes,” that can melt a heart with a single look. You know the one we’re talking about. And if they have a dappled or merle patterning, they’ll likely inherit blue-tinted eyes.

This short yet elongated dog was originally bred in Germany to hunt badgers and other burrowing game. But it’s their unique shape makes them perfect for following their quarry down holes. They’re the perfect fit for the job – literally!

However, nowadays they are less likely to hunt rabbits and more likely to sit on your lap like the lap dogs they are. Dachshunds are much more content next to a warm human rather than down a dark hole on their way to drag out a critter.

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5. Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Highlights: Playful, Loyal, Smart

Both Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis can have blue eyes, though it's more common in the Cardigan variety.

At first glance, the Welsh Corgi looks almost comical with their short legs and long bodies. But you may be surprised at how agile and athletic they can be. What’s even more surprising is how intelligent these dogs really are

They were bred for farm work, which included herding livestock, so they’ve got plenty of power in their little bodies. Their shorter stature came in handy for weaving around and between cattle back in the day. They still do this work, though it’s rare.

Like most blue-eyed dogs, their eye coloring is tied to merle coloring, specifically blue merle. It’s also worth noting that even some Pembroke Welsh Corgis (the cousins) can develop blue eyes on very rare occasions. 

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6. Weimaraner

Highlights: Confident, Obedient, Loving

Another dog breed commonly with blue eyes is the Weimaraner.

Though the Weimaraner isn’t a breed that usually comes up in casual conversation or in most Instagram photos, they’re a gorgeous breed with a history of serving alongside royalty on hunts for boar, deer, and even bears!

Their sleek, silvery coloring and lithe body have appropriately earned them the nickname of the “Gray Ghost.” Though plenty of Weimaraners may appear blue-eyed at birth, they’ll begin to produce more melanin, which changes the color of the eyes.

While some may retain a blue-gray appearance throughout their life, others will slowly meld into warmer colors such as amber or gold. There’s no denying that this hound is spectacular, highly intelligent, and underrated breed that deserves more attention.

7. German Shepherd

Highlights: Brave, Intelligent, Loyal

Though unusual, some German Shepherds have developed blue eyes - often with just one.

Finding a blue-eyed German Shepherd can be tough. The vast majority will have brown eyes, which will be the dominant gene. But yes, the gene for blue-eyes is recessive and rarely makes an appearance in this breed.

However, when it does you are in for a treat. The blue coloring along with their regal and stern features is a memorable combination. Still, many breeders see the trait as a fault, favoring a coat and coloring more in line with industry “standards.”

But this shouldn’t stand in the way of owners looking to for a unique-looking GSD. For the casual owner, it is all about personal taste rather than a kennel club’s book of rules when it comes to finding a canine companion. Love them as they come!

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8. Shetland Sheepdog

Highlights: Playful, Active, Bright

The Shetland Sheepdog also has blue eyes.

Given the breeds on this list, it seems that herding dogs have a tendency toward blue eyes. After all, the Sheltie is the fifth herding breed on this list. And like the other breeds, blue-eyes occur in Shelties along with the merle gene.

So if they are dappled, they are more likely to have lighter-eyes. Being a herding dog, they are known for their intelligence and readiness to please. They are very people-oriented and feel best when raised in homes where there are plenty of people around.

If you often have an empty home, the Shetland Sheepdog might end up getting stressed out or anxious all day. As such, these sociable dogs are best suited for large and active families. Plus, they do great with other dogs and pets.

9. Dalmatian

Highlights: Social, Intelligent, Proud

It's unusual to see Dalmatians with blue eyes, but they do exist.

We’ve included this breed on the list partly because of how impressive they look, and partly as a warning. While, yes, a blue-eyed Dalmatian looks spectacular, it is important to know that this can be a warning sign for deafness.

Dalmatians already are more prone to deafness than other breeds, with 30% suffering from hearing loss in one or both ears. However, this also appears to be connected to the same auto-recessive gene that affects the coloring of the iris.

We won’t advise one way or the other, but this is something that should be taken into consideration when picking out a Dalmatian with blue eyes. The good news is that ethical Dalmatian breeders won’t breed for them specifically.

10. American Pit Bull Terrier

Highlights: Protective, Brave, Friendly

Pit Bulls tend to have blue eyes in some rare instances.

Some Pit Bull type breeds have been known to develop stunning blue eyes. And although rare, blue eyed Pit Bulls have been popping up all over the country. Even so, there is a large range of colors seen in a Pit Bull’s eye color.

Some of the more common eye colors include shades of brown, yellow and even green in the most rare cases. What’s more interesting is that we’ve even seen some Pit Bulls with two different colored eyes (as seen in the picture above).

Unfortunately, blue eyes is not a standard for Pit Bulls, though it’s likely not detrimental to their health if they do possess them. That said, any blue-eyed Pit Bull will inevitably be disqualified from dog shows or AKC competitions. But who cares with such a stunning dog?

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11. Alaskan Malamute

Highlights: Loyal, Friendly, Playful

If your Alaskan Malamute has been mixed with Husky down the line, they may have blue eyes.

Most Alaskan Malamutes tend to inherit dark amber brown eyes. Though just like their Husky cousins, a Malamute can also come with light blue eyes. In fact, some owners have even seen dogs with one blue and one brown eye. 

There are people that claim Alaskan Malamutes with blue eyes aren’t real purebred Alaskan Malamutes. Rather, they’re more likely to be a Malamute Husky mix. This is certainly possible but there’s not enough genetic data to prove this.

The argument is still plausible, though. Because the Malamute Husky mixes are so popular, Malamutes with blue eyes may have likely inherited it from a Siberian Husky parent somewhere along their bloodline. Despite this, it’s a great look!

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12. Alaskan Klee Kai

Highlights: Smart, Playful, Energetic

Nearly all Alaskan Klee Kais have blue eyes, just like their larger cousin - the Husky.

The Alaskan Klee Kai is the much smaller cousin of the Alaskan Malamute or Husky. In some cases, they look nearly identical to their cousins. Everything from the fluffiness, to their erect ears, coat colors and blue eyes are the same.

What’s unique is that the Klee Kai’s eyes can range in the color of blue – from a light sky blue to a deep ocean blue. And although most Klee Kai eyes are indeed blue, they can also develop brown eyes or two-colored eyes (brown and blue).

If you’re looking for the exotic and mysterious look of a classic spitz dog without having to deal with such a big dog, look no further. However, the Klee Kai is both energetic and lively, so they don’t make the best lap dogs ever.

13. Great Dane

Highlights: Affectionate, Patient, Stable

Some Great Danes, mainly Harlequin colored Danes may develop blue eyes.

In rare instances, Great Danes can have blue eyes too. Depending on the Great Dane coat color, some are more prone to developing blue eyes than others. For example, the Harlequin Great Danes tend to develop blue eyes.

It’s also worth noting that some Great Dane puppies may start off with blue eyes. However, after a few months, the blue eyes disappear and they’re left with their brown eyes. Only on rare occasions do the blue eyes stay into adulthood. 

Still, blue-eyed Great Danes are truly a beautiful sight to see. That is, if you’re lucky enough to find one. But keep in mind: many of them may experience certain health problems that are typical with the eyes (such as partial blindness). 

14. Boxer

Highlights: Active, Happy, Confident

Most white Boxers will have blue eyes, in addition to puppy Boxers.

Although Boxers aren’t typically known for their their sky blue eyes, it is possible to see this color in rarer cases. According to our research, the most common Boxer to have blue eyes are white Boxers, which is already rare as it is. 

To be clear, white Boxers are not albino Boxers. It’s not that they lack all pigment like the a true albino dog. In fact, most white Boxers actually do have small amounts of color, whether markings or patches, on the coat. You just need to look harder!

Plus, white Boxers have pigment in their eyes, as seen with those with blue eyes. And like other dogs, it’s common for puppy Boxers to have blue eyes, despite their coat colors. However, the large majority of all Boxers develop brown eyes as they age.

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15. Rottweiler

Highlights: Loyal, Brave, Confident

Though extremely rare, some Rottweilers that aren't 100% pure may have blue eyes.

Rottweilers have an iconic look with their black and tan coat and brown eyes. However, did you know that blue eyed Rottweilers exist? It’s rare, but there are some Rottweilers that have either two blue eyes or a blue and a brown eye.

Like many other dogs with blue eyes, the blue-eyed Rottie is not recognized by the AKC standard for the breed. However, if you don’t plan on participating your Rottweiler in AKC competitions or shows, it does not really matter. 

There’s a good chance that many Rottweilers with blue eyes aren’t 100% pure due to the rarity of this trait. They may have had some mixes, possibly with a Husky, way back in their lineage. Still, Rottweilers with blue eyes are stunning.

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Important Notes on Blue-Eyed Dog Breeds

Blue eyed dogs are spectacular to see. However, there are things to know if you have one or are planning to purchase one.

Double-merle dogs and blue eyes don’t mix

While some breeds take their blue-eyes from specific genes for the color, others receive them because of the merle gene.

While a dog that has merle (or dappled, splotchy) patterning should be fine on its own, it should not be bred together with another merle dog.

This double-merle is associated with an increased risk in health problems for their offspring. Blindness and deafness are but a few of the possible effects of a double-merle breeding.

Breeders may breed for blue eyes, and not health

Plenty of breeders are responsible and have their dogs’ health in mind. However, with any desirable trait, there is an increased chance for irresponsible breeding if the breeder has money on the mind.

Rarity can increase the cost of a pup and breeders know this. So, it is important to make sure that your blue-eyed pup is not the result of breeding two merle dogs. Otherwise, as we mentioned, they will be at risk for health issues.

Nearly all dogs can potentially have blue eyes

Blue-eyes can appear in almost any breed. It is simply the way genes work. There are so many factors that go into determining a dog’s appearance. All it takes is one mutation or change in their genes to produce unique results.

I wouldn’t recommend looking specifically for blue eyes. No matter if they’re blue, brown, yellow or green, all dogs are the same. They will love you unconditionally despite the colors of their eyes. 

Did we miss a dog breed that has blue eyes? Let us know in the comments section below, and we’ll add it!

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Monday 26th of June 2023

I have a Maltese puppy with a blue eye,so cute

Suzanne M Cook

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

I've got a Frenchie pup with the BLUEST eyes you've ever seen! And they are a result of both pie-bald and merle genes acting together. You can find a photo of her on my website listed under "Puppies"

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