Siberian Huskies are known for their fascinating eye colors, particularly the icy cold blue that reflects their origin in the cold icy conditions of Siberia. Did you know they can change eye color? or have different colored eyes? Read on…
Huskies are born with blue eyes, but you may be surprised to know that Siberian Husky puppies can change eye color. That’s right! The puppy with bright blue eyes that you bring home from the breeder might end up with different colored eyes. When selecting your puppy from a breeder, or placing a deposit, they will probably mention this to you and that there is no guarantee the eyes will remain the same color. Between 5 and 8 weeks of age the eyes of a Husky puppy might start changing from blue to gray to settle in on brown. This is completely normal and is just one of the fascinating facts about Siberian Huskies.
The American Kennel Club Siberian Husky Standard says it is perfectly acceptable for the eyes of a Husky to be blue, brown, or mixed. Blue can range from a steel-gray color to bright blue, and brown can range from an orangy-copper to a deep chocolate brown.
Some Huskies have one of each color (one blue, one brown) and this is called heterochromia, more commonly referred to as bi-colored or bi-eyed. Other Huskies have mixed colours within each eye: partly blue and partly brown, and this is commonly known as parti-colored. The mixed coloring has nothing to do with cross breeding. Purebred Siberian Huskies can have different eye colours. Around 2 out of 5 Huskies end up with blue eyes, another 2 out of 5 with a shade of brown. Of the remaining 20% you will find around 15% bi-colored and 5% parti-colored.
If you are interested in the technical explanation of how genetics can affect eye color in Huskies we encourage you to read Dr Todd Woods’ article on Basic Siberian Genetics. If on the other hand you just want to see more pictures of Husky eye colours we recommend this page.