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12 Dog Breeds With Blue Eyes: Pictures, Facts & History

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While there are quite a few dog breeds out there that can have blue eyes on rare occasions, there are only a few dog breeds that can consistently have blue eyes. That doesn’t mean that these breeds always have blue eyes, but it does mean that it’s not completely unheard of or incredibly rare for any of these breeds to have those sparkling blues.

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The 12 Dog Breeds With Blue Eyes

1. Siberian Husky

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Origin: Siberia
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Height: 20 to 24 inches

The Siberian Husky is the dog most associated with blue eyes, but did you know that not every Siberian Husky has blue eyes? They can also have brown and sometimes even have green eyes, although this is rare.

But no matter their eye color, the Siberian Husky is a great family dog with endless energy. Also, keep in mind they have a stubborn streak that you’ll need to conquer to train them properly.

2. Welsh Corgi

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Origin: Pembrokeshire
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Height: 10 to 12 inches

The Welsh Corgi is a smaller dog, but that doesn’t mean they’re the easiest breed to own. They’re not always the best with kids, and they need a little extra socialization around other dogs. However, by breed standards, only the blue merle Welsh Corgi has blue eyes.

The Welsh Corgi is a higher-energy dog, but because of their smaller size, it’s a little easier to meet their exercise needs than it is with larger breeds.

3. Weimaraner

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Origin: Germany
Lifespan: 11 to 14 years
Height: 23 to 26 inches

Every Weimaraner has blue eyes when they’re born, but most Weimaraners will have those blue eyes turn to gray or amber as they age. They’re ideal family dogs, but just keep in mind that they’ll need a little extra socialization if you plan to keep them around other pets.

They’re extremely smart, but they also have a lot of energy, so unless you have the space for them, they’re not always the best choice for everyone, no matter the color of their eyes!

4. Australian Shepherd

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Origin: Spain
Lifespan: 13 to 15 years
Height: 18 to 23 inches

Australian Shepherds can have blue, hazel, amber, brown, or green eyes, so it’s a pretty big unknown what color eyes your Australian Shepherd might have. They’re good with kids but don’t always get along the best with other dogs in the house.

They’re also extremely high-energy and eager to please, making them easier to train than many other dog breeds. They’re really ideal to have if you need a working dog.

5. Pomsky

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Origin: United States
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Height: 10 to 15 inches

While the Pomsky doesn’t enjoy American Kennel Club (AKC) recognition, they’re still highly sought-after in the United States. They can have two different eye colors—blue eyes or brown eyes—but no matter what, they’re beautiful and affectionate pets.

6. Shetland Sheepdog

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Origin: Scotland
Lifespan: 12 to 13 years
Height: 13 to 16 inches

Not every Shetland Sheepdog has blue eyes, but they also have plenty of other eye colors, and blue is one of the rarer options. But whether your Shetland Sheepdog has blue eyes or a different color, they’re excellent family dogs.

The Shetland Sheepdog is also smart and eager to please. They are one of the more vocal dog breeds out there, so they’re not always the best choice if you live in close quarters with other people.

7. Border Collie

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Origin: Scotland
Lifespan: 10 to 17 years
Height: 18 to 22 inches

Border Collies can have brown, gold, or blue eyes, and if you have a merle-coated Border Collie, it’s more likely for them to have blue eyes. Just know that the Border Collie isn’t always the best for smaller pets and kids because of their herding instincts.

They are eager to please, but they’re also extremely high energy and need plenty of space to run around; otherwise, it can lead to all sorts of behavioral problems.

8. English Setter

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Origin: England
Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
Height: 25 to 27 inches

It’s not the most common for an English Setter to have blue eyes, but it is possible. They’re highly affectionate dogs, but they need a little extra socialization with kids and other pets. The good news is that they’re pretty easy to please and don’t have the same energy levels as many of the other dogs on our list. Still, they benefit from having a big yard to run around in throughout the day.

9. Great Dane

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Origin: Germany
Lifespan: 8 to 10 years
Height: 28 to 35 inches

The Great Dane is the largest dog on our list by far, and almost every Great Dane is born with blue eyes. Most Great Danes’ eyes turn brown as they get older, but sometimes they can keep their blue eyes throughout their entire lives.

They have shorter lifespans, though, and because of their larger size, they’re not always the best for smaller kids and pets.

10. Alaskan Klee Kai

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Origin: Alaska
Lifespan: 12 to 16 years
Height: 15 to 17.5 inches

Not every Alaskan Klee Kai has blue eyes, but it is one of the most common eye colors for them, right up there with brown. The Alaskan Klee Kai is great with other dogs, but they’re not always the best with young children.

This breed is also super stubborn, but they’re not always the most vocal, and compared to many of the other dogs on our list, they don’t have the most energy.

11. Pit Bulls

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Origin: United Kingdom
Lifespan: 8 to 15 years
Height: 14 to 21 inches

The Pit Bull encompasses more than one breed, but that doesn’t change the fact that many of them have blue eyes. They require a little extra socialization, but once you do that, they’re loving and loyal companions.

They can be a bit stubborn, but with lower energy levels, it’s easier to meet those needs compared to many of the other dogs on our list.

12. Old English Sheepdog

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Origin: Britain
Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
Height: 20 to 24 inches

The Old English Sheepdog usually has blue or dark brown eyes, and they’re incredibly loving and affectionate, although they do need a little extra socialization from a young age. They’re eager to please too, and because they only have moderate energy levels, it can be a bit easier to meet those needs.



While all the dogs on our list can have blue eyes, that doesn’t mean every one will always have blue eyes. In fact, most of the time, the dogs on our list will have an eye color other than blue, but it’s possible for them to carry the trait or to have blue eyes themselves. Just keep in mind that no matter their eye color, they’re all great dogs that need a loving home like yours.

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