One thing that draws many pet owners to choose a Husky is for their wolf-like appearance, with one of the major features being the icy blue eyes. The piercing, bright blue eyes of the Husky feels as though it can see right into your soul. To put it simply, they are intoxicating while being intimidating at the same time. Who wouldn’t want a dog like that? The worry is, will the color change?
Do Husky eyes change colors? Yes. While every Husky puppy is born with the trademark blue eyes, not all Huskies will end up with that fierce shade. Some Husky puppies will have a change in their eye color anywhere between 5 and 8 weeks, with their adult and official eye color settling anywhere between 12 and 16 weeks (although some Husky owners report changes up to 6 months of age).
Knowing when a Husky’s eyes might change color is important if you’re planning to add a Husky puppy to your family. It’s also important to know the different colors that are possible for a Husky to have. We are going to break down all of this must-know information, and more, when it comes to Husky eye color.
When do Husky Eyes Change Colors?
A Husky puppy will open his eyes around the 18th to 20th day after birth, and you are more than likely to be greeted with some intoxicating bright blue eyes.
There may be the rare Husky puppy now and then that doesn’t start off with the trademark icy blue hue, but there is a very high chance.
Does that mean your Husky is going to grow up with this gorgeous yet fierce coloring?
No. Not every Husky puppy that is born with blue eyes will grow up with the same color. In fact, it is not too uncommon for a Husky’s eyes to change a few months after birth to a darker color.
That being said, if your Husky is going to have an eye color different than the trademark icy blue, you should start to notice around 5 to 8 weeks of age. During this time, you may start to notice that your Husky puppy’s eyes start to change from bright blue to a darker hue, such as a murky or gray shade.
If you notice that your Husky puppy’s eyes are beginning to get darker, it is a good indication that they will end up with a shade other than icy blue.
So when can you see the final color your Husky will end up with for the rest of his life?
Well, it’s simple: between 12 to 16 weeks of age your Husky will land on his final eye color.
However, it is important to keep in mind that every Husky is different and some take longer than others to mature.
Some owners have reported eye color change in their puppy up to 6 months of age. It is likely not to take longer than this, though.
Do Adult Huskies Eyes Change Color?
It is completely normal for a Husky’s eyes to change color when they are in the puppy phase. But what about adulthood? Do we have to worry about a Husky’s eyes changing color well into their adult life?
The good news is that Husky eye color won’t change once they have reached adulthood. In fact, they should have their final color before their 6-month mark. At this time, if the eyes are still icy blue, then they will stay that way. However, a brown-eyed Husky may go through several changes before reaching his final color destination.
What Are Normal Eye Colors for Huskies?
It’s true that the Husky can have a wide range of eye colors, not just icy blue. In fact, the Huskies have the ability to have some of the most exotic eyes featuring split-colored eyes, speckled eyes, and so much more.
That being said, some people may be under the impression that Husky eye color can change as they are adults. Again, this is not true. While Huskies can have some incredible shades, one thing they will not do is change their eye color after 6 months of age.
So what are some eye colors you can expect to see in a Husky?
Of course, this is the most obvious and most prominent eye color for the Husky. However, while some people believe that icy blue is the only blue a Husky can have, that is simply not true.
Huskies can also have darker shades of blue, sometimes resembling a navy shade.
The second most common eye color a Husky can have is brown. But don’t think of brown as being the normal brown found on the majority of dog breeds…
Husky brown eyes can be different as they can range from a light brown shade to deep, dark brown hues that are almost black.
In this situation, the Husky can actually have different colors in each of his eyes.
The most common combination is one eye having the trademark icy blue shade, while the other has a light or dark shade of brown.
4. Parti or Split Eyed
The split-eyed Husky differs from the bi-eyed dog for the simple fact that one of his eyes will have multiple shades in it.
The most common occurrence of a parti-eyed Husky is for one eye to be icy blue, with the other eye being brown with speckles of blue or a wall of blue.
Green is the rarest eye color found in Huskies, but it’s not unheard of. They will likely be an emerald shade and may or may not be speckled with brown.
If you are concerned about the bi-eyed or split-eyed Husky having health problems or not being a purebred, put your worries to rest. Having a mix of colors is not a sign of a health issue (your Husky is perfectly fine) and is actually one of the more interesting phenomenons that happen with purebred Huskies.
The eye colors your Husky ends up with is also completely independent of the shade of his coat. While other dogs will have lighter eyes paired with a lighter coat, the Husky can easily have a bright coat and deep, dark brown eyes.
With so many different color options for the Husky eyes, it may seem normal for them to turn red, too. Unfortunately, there are a few different health problems that turn the Husky’s eyes red and it is not a normal occurrence that needs to be seen by a veterinarian.
The following can cause red eyes in Huskies:
– Crystalline Corneal Dystrophy
– Dry Eye
Keep in mind that a lot of these are, unfortunately, normal for a Husky to have at some point. They are naturally prone to problems with their eyes, but most are treatable and won’t cause harm to your Husky.
A red glow in your Husky’s eyes, on the other hand, is not something to worry about. The eyeshine that is given off of your dog’s eyes at night is due to the amount of zinc and riboflavin in the eye. This is incredibly common in Huskies as their blood vessels are more easily reflected in light due to the lightness of their blue eyes.