Layne is an animal lover and grew up in a household full of rescued critters. She is a registered veterinary technician.
Does your dog have one blue eye and one brown eye? One green eye and one golden eye? How special! The technical term for dogs with different colored eyes is heterochromia: "hetero" means "different," and "chromia" means "colors." Melanin is what determines eye color, so it's possible that your dog has the following unique eye colors:
|Pet Name Idea||Celebrity||Identity|
Mila OR Kuna
Mila is a well-known actress from "That '70s Show"
Dominic OR Dom OR Woods
An actor from "Shadowhunters"
Kate OR Boss OR Bossworth
Kate is an actress and has one blue and one blue-brown eye.
Julia Robert's former fiancé.
Jane OR Seymour
The actress from "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"
Max OR Sherzer
If you're a fan—the Washington Nationals pitcher.
Elizabeth OR Liza OR Berkley
An actress from "Showgirls" and "Saved by the Bell"
Josh OR Henderson
The president in the movie "Independence Day"
Alice OR Eve
"She's Out of My League" and "Star Trek" actress.
Henry or Cavill
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Hi Anagram—I love Milly, too
Anagram on March 08, 2020:
Milly is beautiful
Heterochromia is also known as heterochromia Idris of heterochromia iridium. It may be congenital (genetic) or may develop over time.
Dogs with two different eye colors
Puppies with different colored irises are likely to have been born with heterochromia.
Usually due to inflammation or injury. It may be due to the use of certain eye drops. Some eye drops change eye color or damages the iris. The presence of some brain tumors may alter the color of the iris. This may show effects in one or both eyes.
Also known as partial heterochromia. One of part of the iris is different in color from the remaining part of the eye.
One iris (one eye) is different in color from the other.
There are different colors radiating from the pupil giving an impression of spikes of colors.
Heterochromia iridis is a rare (and often strikingly gorgeous) condition in which animals, including humans, have two different colored eyes. It's particularly noticeable in dogs and cats. Heterochromia occurs as a result of excess or lack of melanin in one eye. It may be congenital, or develop over time.
Likewise, do Border Collies keep their blue eyes? According to Dogster, breeds that occasionally carry the blue-eyed gene include Siberian huskies and Weimaraners. Dogs that commonly bear a merle coat pattern such as border collies, Australian shepherds, and dachshunds, can also carry their blue eyes later into life.
Hereof, what color eyes does a border collie have?
Most common in black-based dogs are dark brown eyes. But Border Collies of any color can have blue eyes, or one blue eye, like Josie, right. This latter is often referred to as "walleyed". Black-based dogs can also have amber eyes, but eyes of this color are most often found in red dogs.
Why do Huskies have 2 different colored eyes?
Heterochromia is caused due to uneven melanin distribution and inbreeding. It occurs in many other breeds of dogs (Australian Shepherd would probably be right behind the Husky), cats, and horses. However, sometimes, melanin isn't evenly distributed between the two irises, causing the difference in color.
There are different legends about dogs with differently colored eyes. Some dogs with oddly colored eyes are said to protect heaven and earth at the same time, according to Native American lore. Another story says that while heterochromatic dogs protect mankind, brown or red-eyed dogs are spirit dogs. Another Inuit legend states that sled dogs with this odd-eye coloring are faster than those with same colored eyes! The truth is that there is a genetic reason behind the difference in coloring. Melanin, a pigment responsible for coloring the eyes deferentially, resulting in odd-eyed coloring. Now that that is settled, let's see which breeds are heterochromatic.
It’s common knowledge that dogs have brown eyes. Some dogs, like Australian Shepherds or Huskies will have blue ones. But on average, all dogs have brown eyes. And they’re quite pretty too. My dad never liked to admit it, but once or twice we’d catch him singing Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” to my dog whenever the song was on the radio. She, like many other dogs, had adorable brown eyes. But there are occasions when nature will take over and give our dogs something really special. On rare occasions, you’ll find dogs who have both blue and brown eyes together.
Not only are these really pretty combinations, but they’re also rare. The condition that causes one eye to be blue and one eye to be brown is a condition known as heterochromia. The two-toned eyes can occur in both humans as well as canines. But it doesn’t just stop there. Cats can have it too, as well as some horses. Who would’ve known? The disorder is inherited from both the mother and the father. Most of the time heterochromia is an inherited genetic occurrence, but occasionally it can be a result of an injury. If your dog sustains an injury to their eye, or they develop a disease of the eye, they can sometimes experience a change in their eye color. But it’s really rare and heterochromia is usually the main cause for two different eye colors.
Heterochromia can happen in any dog, but there are breeds that tend to have a higher rate of it happening than others. Some of these breeds who are more likely to have two different eye colors are Australian Shepherds, Catahoula Leopard Dogs, Great Danes, Dalmatians, and Huskies. However, when Dalmatians have one or two blue eyes it could actually be a result of them being deaf as well – for some reason blue eyes in these dogs are linked to deafness in the breed.
While two-toned eyes are certainly striking, there is no need to be alarmed. The condition is genetic and there is generally no need to worry. But dogs with heterochromia might also be linked to glaucoma, so if you suspect that there might be something wrong, definitely talk to your vet about all concerns.
Does your dog have heterochromia? Let us know!