In this research you will know the answer to the query “7 Black Dogs With Blue Eyes“.
- 4 reasons that dogs have blue eyes
- Health conditions associated with merle coats and blue eyes
- 7 dogs with (partly) black coats with blue eyes
- 1. Black Siberian Husky
- 2. Alaskan Klee Kai
- 3. Black dachshund
- 4. Australian Shepherd
- 5. Great Danes
- 6. Dalmatian
- 7. Catahoula Leopard Dog
- 7 Black Dogs With Blue Eyes (Watch Video):
In the fashion world there is a famous saying about whether black and dark blue should be paired together.
Wearing them together may not be a good idea according to conventional wisdom.
Its the same with dogs as well.
When it comes down to it “solid” black dogs with blue eyes are a bit of a contradiction and it is probably best if you avoid them.
A dog with a solid black coat must have brown or black eyes.
If the dog itself is bred from this is for the health of the breed as well.
Here are the ways in which blue eyes are acquired by dogs.
4 reasons that dogs have blue eyes
Dogs have dark brown eyes in the vast majority of cases.
Dogs however have blue eyes when they are born.
Typically by the time dogs are four months old their eyes will have turned brown.
How can blue eyes be caused by exceptional circumstances?
There are four possible reasons and I will go into a bit more detail about two of them:
- Merle syndrome is a consequence of the Merle gene.
- Genes associated with blue eyes
The Merle gene can cause blue eyes
Dogs’ coats are characterized by a blotchy pattern called Merle.
Genetic factors disrupt the pigments in the coat causing it.
In some parts of the coat the color appears to be vibrant while in others it appears faded.
It would be like washing a white shirt with a red or blue pair of pants at the wrong temperature.
Their coat color isnot the only thing affected by this.
It changes their eye color as well turning brown eyes blue.
The noses and paws are now pink instead of black.
Next let us look at the second reason why dogs may have blue eyes
According to a study involving six thousand dogs Siberian Huskies and Australian Shepherds may possess a gene that makes their eyes blue.
We just discussed the merle gene but these genes are not related to it.
Researchers have identified a separate gene named ALX4 as the cause of the color change.
Having looked at the causes of blue eyes let me now explain some of the dangerous health issues caused by blue eyes.
Health conditions associated with merle coats and blue eyes
In addition to causing blue eyes in dogs the merle gene is thought to lead to blindness and deafness as well.
Due to their origins as the offspring of two merle dogs that mated these dogs are called “double merles.”
The American and British kennel clubs are both aware of the threat and are doing what they can to be proactive about it.
As early as 2012 the Kennel Club (a UK-based organization responsible for the protection and promotion of all dogs’ health and welfare) banned the mating of merle dogs to merle dogs in specific breeds.
Border Collies Chihuahuas and Bulldogs were included.
The Kennel Club banned all merle dogs from breeds that have no significant history of the color in the breed in January 2020.
And the American Kennel Association (AKC) is doing their bit too.
One hundred and ninety-six purebred dogs are registered with the AKC and each has a breed standard.
In other words there is an extensive list of characteristics that a dog must possess in order to be fully regarded as an acceptable example of its breed.
A solid black dog cannot have blue eyes under any of these breed standards.
On the other hand there are some dogs with partly black coats with blue eyes.
These will be discussed in the next section.
7 dogs with (partly) black coats with blue eyes
1. Black Siberian Husky
Perhaps the most famous and iconic breed of blue-eyed dogs today is the Siberian Husky.
Its most common color is gray and white but it can be any color from black to pure white.
Huskies can have brown or blue eyes.
It is possible to have different colored eyes or partially colored eyes.
The Siberian Huskie is a medium-sized dog that stands around 22 inches or 56 cm tall and weighs about 50 lbs or 22.6 kg.
A great family pet they require a lot of exercises regularly.
You can walk a lot run with a partner or pull sleds with someone.
In fact they are so friendly with people that they would make terrible watchdogs.
2. Alaskan Klee Kai
I have an alternative for people who like the look of a Husky but can not accommodate a 22″ and 50-pound dog in their home.
Klee Kais are Alaskan Huskys in miniature.
There are actually three sizes:
- Generally 15″ to 17″ (38 cm to 43 cm) in height
- The miniature size is 13″- 15″ (32cm-38cm).
- A toy that measures up to 13″ (32 cm)
Breeds such as this are not recognized as purebreds by the American Kennel Club.
Klee Kais are available in black grey or red.
Eyes can be a single color or a combination of colors (which means that each eye may be a different color).
In Alaska Klee Kais need about forty minutes of exercise a day.
In comparison to their bigger cousins they are more affectionate and wary of strangers.
3. Black dachshund
While individual dogs like these might be available it is better to ignore them and move on if you want a blue-eyed black or black and tan Dachshund.
In accordance with the breed standard blue eyes are only allowed for dappled Dachshunds.
Therefore you are looking for a black Dachshund with lighter spots on its top.
Piebald Dachshunds can easily be confused with dappled Dachshunds.
However piebald dogs have a couple of colors on their coat with patches of white on top.
There are endless combinations of Dachshunds.
I would like to discuss coat “texture” and weight before I get into coat colors and eye colors.
There are two types of Dachshunds: large and small.
- To be considered miniature a child must weigh 11 lbs (5 kg) or less at one year of age
- I weigh between 16 lbs (7.2 kg) and 32 lbs (14.5 kg)
There are three types of coats: smooth longhaired and wire-haired.
4. Australian Shepherd
The Australian Shepherd is our next black dog with blue eyes.
An Australian Shepherd is known for its white neck chest and forelegs. However the color of the rest of his coat can vary greatly from a solid “black” to a “red tricolor” to a “blue merle”.
There is a lot of variety allowed in the eyes of Australian Shepherds which makes them quite rare.
You may choose brown blue or amber (or any combination of them).
The average adult male stands 57 cm (22.5”) tall and weighs 32 kg (70 lbs).
Australian Shepherds are a breed of dogs that have been developed as herding dogs since the nineteenth century.
In order to keep them happy they need a great deal of exercise and they don’t do well being left on their own for too long.
5. Great Danes
Isnot it true that all the dogs we have mentioned up to this point are lovely but they just do not…
If you want a black blue-eyed dog that is as big as you can then why not get a Great Dane.
As long as the pattern is harlequin or merle you can choose beautiful piercing blue eyes.
Identifiable as the Dalmatian look the Harlequin coat is white with black streaks.
Grey with black splodges adorns a merle Danes base color.
Their size is the most striking characteristic of these dogs.
The average adult male stands 33 inches (85 cm) tall and weighs 199 pounds (90 kg).
A large dog requires a lot of space and a lot of food.
Despite the fact that these dogs are quite happy to lounge around at home they do need quite a bit of exercise.
How about those blue eyes? You’ll have to get used to them because these dogs love nothing more than spending time on your sofa with your parents.
Is it too much?
What are the size of the food bill and the thought of sharing the sofa giving you heart palpitations?
Would it be possible to scale down the model?
Dalmatians weigh around 68 pounds (31 kg) and are only (only?) 24″ (60 cm) tall.
Dalmatians come in a range of colors such as liver white or black and white and blue eyes can be found in either of these colors.
The Dalmatian breed has a long history in Croatia but its popularity was much greater in England during the nineteenth century.
The dogs were primarily responsible for guarding the horses that pulled the “fire engines” in the U.S.
Since these dogs can not be content without vigorous exercise they’re not happy.
7. Catahoula Leopard Dog
One of the dogs on my list is a bit unusual as it isnot a registered purebred dog with the AKC.
However it is part of their foundation stock service which is a safe way of developing purebred dogs.
It does not have a breed standard as it isnot registered with the AKC.
There is however a United Kennel Club standard for this breed.
The color of the eyes does not seem to matter. Colors of any combination do not seem to matter.
As for coat colors almost anything goes- although the most popular combinations are merle brindle black and tan and blue.
If you want some black you should look for a dog with a merle pattern in which black spots rest on a grey and red base.
It is estimated that these dogs could grow up to 27″ (69cm) in height and weigh up to 75 lbs (334 kg).
Dogs of this breed are known for being extremely protective of children and for coping well in hot or cold climates.
Providing the dog with the lots of exercises it needs it could be your perfect black dog with blue eyes.
Dogs with blue eyes that should not be black (AKC)
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