It seems that every dog lover stops to marvel and compliment a dog with not commonly seen blue eyes. Some dogs may rarely have blue eyes outside of certain coat colors, while others may sport their icy irises as a breed trademark. Here are ten dog breeds with blue eyes.
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One of the first dog breeds to come to mind when you think of blue eyes may be the Siberian husky. These stunning dogs are commonly seen with their iconic, icy-blue eyes that mirror the blue frozen tundra of their home. They can also have brown eyes or a combination of both blue and brown.
The Siberian husky stands proud with his sharply pointed ears and impressive wolf-like coat. These dogs were bred for companionship and for pulling loads by dogsled, making them wonderful dogs for families who like to stay active.
Height: 20 to 24 inches
Weight: 35 to 60 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Medium-sized dog with lean yet muscular build; eye color is typically blue or brown and the double-layered coat can be black, gray, red, brown, tan, or white.
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These eye-catching dogs are commonly seen with impressive light blue eyes when they have merle coat coloring. Some dogs will even have both blue and brown eyes.
Bred for herding and working, the Australian Shepherd is extremely smart and full of energy. They excel in agility competitions and are best suited for a very active home. These pups always need something to do, so giving them a job or entering them in competitions will keep them very happy.
Height: 18 to 23 inches
Weight: 40 to 65 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Compact, sturdy frame with short, cropped tail and small, folded ears; thick coat can be found in a variety of colors and patterns may include spots, splotches, or a merle coat.
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The Weimaraner is known for its famous sleek, silver-gray coat and loving, active personality. Their kind eyes can be amber or blue, and that is a perfect complement to the breeds iconic silver-gray coat.
These happy, high-energy pups were bred in the 1800s in Germany for hunting. Over time, they grew in popularity as companion dogs, and make wonderful but energetic pets. They are great with children and love to play an active part in the family unit.
Height: 23 to 27 inches
Weight: 55 to 75 pounds for females; 70 to 90 pounds for males
Physical Characteristics: Smooth, iconic silver-gray coat and a sturdy, balanced frame with a short, cropped tail; blue or amber eyes.
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These dogs are considered one of the most intelligent dogs out there, and their thoughtful, intense gaze reflects that. The Border Collie’s eyes can be varying shades of brown, gold, or blue. Blue eyes are most commonly found in border collies with merle coats.
With endless energy and high intelligence, these dogs always need something to do both mentally and physically. They excel in agility competitions and thrive on hard work. The Border Collie needs a home that can meet its needs, both mentally and physically.
Height: 18 to 22 inches
Weight: 30 to 55 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Compact, sturdy, and strong with a long coat that can be smooth or rough in colors such as white, black, gray, blue, chocolate, and red; most are either two-toned or merle.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Blue eyes may not be the most desirable in show Dachshunds, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t desirable in companion dogs. Mostly found in Doxies with a merle coat, blue eye variations can include full blue, one blue and one brown, or even both colors in one eye.
This breed can be found in standard or miniature size and can have three different coat types: longhaired, wirehaired, and shorthaired. Bred for hunting badgers, these dogs are brave and boisterous and make wonderful watchdogs.
Height: 5 to 6 inches for miniature; 8 to 9 inches for standard
Weight: Up to 11 pounds for miniature; 16 to 32 pounds for standard
Physical Characteristics: Short legs, long body with a coat in colors that may include red, blue, black, chocolate, and cream.
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These small yet strong dogs are known for their unique features such as their short legs, long bodies, and large, upright ears. To add to their unique looks, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi can also have striking blue eyes.
Like the dachshund, this blue-eyed dog breed may have two blue eyes, one blue and one brown, or even both colors in one eye. These eye colors are mostly found in Corgis with merle coats. Though they are not desired in show rings on coat patterns other than merle, blue eyes are beautiful to see in any Corgi.
Height: 10 to 13 inches
Weight: 25 to 38 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Short legs with a long, strong body and bushy tail; coat colorings include black, white, red, cream, merle, sable, and brindle.
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These gentle giants turn heads with their size alone, but a Great Dane with beautiful blue eyes is even more stunning to behold. Interestingly, Great Dane puppies are often born with blue eyes that change to brown as they mature. The only exceptions are harlequin and merle colored Great Danes. These dappled Danes keep their magnificent blue eyes their whole life.
These large dogs make loving, protective watchdogs, and are surprisingly adaptable to various living arrangements despite their super-sized frame.
Height: 28-32 inches
Weight: 110-140 pounds for females; 140 to 175 pounds for males
Physical Characteristics: Tall, strong build with upright or folded ears; the short coat can be black, brindle, fawn, blue, merle, or harlequin.
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These dogs are known as “leopard dogs” for good reason. The Catahoula is famous for its wide array of coat colorings and patterns as well as eye colors. In addition to being a blue-eyed dog breed, they may have amber, green, or brown eyes, or a combination of these colors. As for their coats, they can be seen in blue, red, gray, black, cream, and chocolate. Most have merle patterns or leopard-like spots of multiple colorings.
An American-bred dog for working and herding, this breed needs a lot of room to run and expend their energy.
Height: 22 to 24 inches
Weight: 50 to 95 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Strong, muscular build; short coat can be a wide variety of colors but is most notable for its leopard-like spots or merle markings, paired with a wide range of eye colors.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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The Alaskan Klee Kai may look like a miniature Husky, but these little pups were bred for companionship, not work. However, like the Husky, the Klee Kai can have those same icy blue eyes. Other eye colors include brown, hazel, and green. Regardless of eye color, these adorable “miniature huskies” make great small companions and excellent watchdogs.
Height: 13 to 17 inches
Weight: 10 to 20 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Small dog breed with curled tail and thick coat that is typically darker on the back, the top of the head, and around the eyes with white legs, belly, and lower half of the face and muzzle.
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The pit bull is another dog that is often born with blue eyes that change color as they mature. However, blue-eyed mature pit bulls do exist, and they make stunning additions to gorgeous coat colors like blue, gray, or brindle. Other coat colors include black, white, fawn, red, and brown.
Height: 17 to 21 inches
Weight: 30 to 65 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Strong, burly build with large chest and short coat in colors such as black, white, blue, gray, brindle, fawn, red, or brown.
Blue eyes may not always be desired in show ring dogs, but they are beautiful to behold in large and small dogs alike. Though buying a puppy with blue eyes is tempting for its cuteness, more needs to be considered before adding a furry friend to your household.
Every dog has different grooming and exercise needs that need to be considered. Not every dog is suited for every home, but with careful research and forethought, you can choose the perfect dog to call your own.