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Odd But Beautiful: Dogs with Different Colored Eyes

Heterochromia iridum makes eyes different colors, and it affects more dogs than humans. Do you have a pup like the ones in these pictures?

 |  Mar 12th 2014  |   16 Contributions


Do you have a dog with two different colored eyes? Maybe one brown and one blue? It is the result of a condition called heterochromia iridum in which there is a relative lack or excess of melanin, or pigment. While it's usually inherited, it can be caused by disease or injury. And it happens to occur more often in animals, especially in cats and dogs, and it is most common in Siberian Huskies, Australian Shepherds, and the Catahoula Leopard Dog.

Generally, the condition does not affect a dog's ability to see, although if you let your imagination spin a little, you can pretend that one eye sees reality and the other eye sees into the dream world, giving the dog a certain insight into your perception. 

So here are some dogs with magical eyes ... what do you imagine they're seeing?

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Photo by Mike Halsall

I've only ever seen dogs with one blue and one brown eye -- have you seen any other combinations?

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Photo by fw42

As a kid I always wanted two colored eyes, and I used to write lots of stories about characters with eyes of different colors.

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Photo by Elizabeth Albert

Some people are weirded out by dogs with two different colored eyes, but I think it's kind of beautiful.

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Photo by Paul Fisher

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Photo by Leonardo__

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Photo by Crystal Moon

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Photo by Tony Alter

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