SIBERIAN HUSKY EYES
Though they possess wide variety of eye color which include a very light blue. The most common and seen colors in dogs are brown eye, but the Siberian husky have blue eyes. Their eyes can be seen in different form, while some have brown eyes, some have one eye blue and one that is brown, or a blue and brown color seen in the eye of a dog. Some of the breeders believed the color of the eyes is controlled by a rare gene in the dogs.
Siberian husky puppies after birth open their eyes when they are about 2 weeks old. From birth all husky puppies’ eyes appear to be blue, and may likely change as they grow into adulthood. In the period of 4 to 5 weeks their eyes often tends to change color.
Siberian husky eye color combination
Since they possess a wide range of eye colors, they seems to have combination of this eye in one particular dog for example; husky with a blue eye and brown eye are called bi-eyed, and husky with a blue eyes flecked with brown are known as parti-eyed or split-eyed. Thus some of these husky with split-eyed will tend to have pie shaped wedges of brown coloring in eyes that are blue. This parti-colored combination does not affect the vision of the dog.
They are three main eye problems that affect Siberian husky eye. These include the cataract which is hereditary, progressive retinal atrophy and corneal dystrophy. These defects are serious and should not be overlooked and they are present in different portion of the eye.
- Hereditary cataracts are produced by opacity form in the lens of a young dog of 3 month of age. Cataracts cause a mild decrease in eye sight which can go into complete blindness when it severe. These cataracts affect the Siberian husky on the posterior region of the lens. According to study this disease can be carried by recessive gene in the DNA.
- Progressive retinal atrophy affects the retinal, which is the light sensitive inner lining of the posterior part of the eyeball. It consists of rods and cones. The rods are used for sight in dim light or night light while the cones are necessary in bright light vision. Siberian husky possesses a unique type of progressive retina atrophy which is only present in man and Siberian. Genetic tests are made available through optigen which helps to identify Siberians that carry this gene. These tests are useful in eliminating XLPRA from breeding programs.
- Corneal dystrophy affects the outer transparent portion of the eyeball. Husky breed with this defect have abnormal collection of lipids located in the clear cornea of the eye which lead to hazy or crystalline opacity.