Why Do Some Dogs Have Two Different Eye Colors?

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You’ve probably come across them before without noticing: dogs with two different eye colors.While most dogs have two eye that are brown, these dogs may have one brown eye and one blue eye. It may seem strange to some people, but it actually gives your pup one interesting look! When a dog has two different colored eyes, it is called heterochromia, which literally means two different colors. It happens to human as well as canines, just not as often – it’s more common in animals like dogs, cats and even horses.

Here’s what you need to know about dogs with two different eye colors:

– Heterochromia is an inherited disorder that dogs get from both their mother and their father. In some cases, a disease or an injury may have caused your pup’s eyes to change color if they weren’t already born with them, but if they were, it’s most likely genetic.

– The breeds that tend to have two different eye colors are Australian Shepherds, Catahoula Leopard Dog, Great Danes, Dalmatians and Huskies, who tend to have one blue eye. However, for Dalmatians, having one or both eyes that are blue are actually linked to being deaf.

– There really is no cause for concern if your dog has two different eye colors because most of the time, the condition is genetic.

– On the flip side, since heterochromia can also be the result of a disease like glaucoma, if you should suspect something to be wrong, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you are really concerned, take your pup to the vet to ensure your dog’s safety and health.

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