If you're a fan of Huskies, you're probably familiar with their striking bi-colored eyes. This unique trait is one of the most recognizable features of the breed, and it's a trait that is often passed on to their offspring, including Pomskies. In this article, we'll take a closer look at why some Huskies have bi-colored eyes, and how this trait is passed on to Pomskies like Darrius, who has one blue and one brown eye.
Huskies and Bi-Colored Eyes
Huskies are known for their thick fur, erect ears, and, of course, their piercing blue eyes. But not all Huskies have blue eyes. In fact, it's not uncommon for Huskies to have bi-colored or even parti-colored eyes. Bi-colored eyes are characterized by one eye being blue, while the other eye is brown, green, or amber. Parti-colored eyes are when the eye has two different colors within the same iris.
So why do some Huskies have bi-colored eyes? The answer lies in their genetics. Huskies, like many other dog breeds, carry the merle gene. This gene is responsible for producing the marbled or patchy coat pattern that's often seen in breeds like the Australian Shepherd and the Border Collie. However, the merle gene can also affect eye color, causing some Huskies to have bi-colored eyes.
The merle gene is dominant, which means that a dog only needs to inherit one copy of the gene to exhibit the merle pattern. When a dog inherits two copies of the merle gene, it can cause health problems like deafness, blindness, and neurological issues. That's why responsible breeders avoid breeding two merle dogs together to reduce the risk of these health problems.
Pomskies and Bi-Colored Eyes
Pomskies are a crossbreed between a Pomeranian and a Husky, which means that they can inherit traits from both parent breeds. While not all Pomskies have bi-colored eyes, it's not uncommon for them to inherit this trait from their Husky parent. That's why when you look at a Pomsky like Darrius, who has one blue and one brown eye, you can see the Husky influence in their appearance.
Like Huskies, Pomskies can also inherit the merle gene, which can result in bi-colored eyes. However, it's essential to note that not all bi-colored eyes in Pomskies are the result of the merle gene. Other factors, such as genetics and pigmentation, can also play a role in eye color.