Malamutes and huskies share many similarities, and because huskies are known for their brilliant icy blue eyes, many think malamutes have blue eyes too. The answer might surprise you!
No, purebred malamutes do not have blue eyes and will only ever have different shades of brown. If a malamute has been crossbred or has mixed genes then it may be possible for it to have blue eyes, but purebreds never will.
In this article:
1. Why Malamutes Can’t Have Blue Eyes
2. If You See a Malamute With Blue Eyes
3. What Color Eyes Do Malamute Puppies Have?
4. Can Alaskan Malamute Have Green Eyes?
5. Other Breeds That Can Have Heterochromia
Why Malamutes Can’t Have Blue Eyes
Yep, as shocking as it sounds, purebred malamutes will not have blue eyes.
The reason it comes as a shock to most people is that malamutes are often compared to their much more popular cousin, the Siberian Husky.
Huskies can have two blue eyes, parti-colored eyes, or different colored eyes.
The two breeds look very similar, so it’s understandable to think they would have the same kind of eye colors.
So why can’t malamutes have blue eyes? ⭐
Alaskan malamutes do not possess the “merle gene” and therefore cannot have blue eyes. The merle gene is a genetic mutation that affects the color of the skin, coat, and eyes. Heterochromia is the condition whereby there is a lack or imbalance of melanin (pigment) found in the iris.
It’s the pigment in the iris which determines the color. If there is a lack or no pigment whatsoever then the eyes will be blue, but if there is a normal or sufficient amount of pigment then the eyes will be brown.
If You See a Malamute With Blue Eyes
If you’ve seen an Alaskan Malamute with blue eyes, then it’s not a purebred and somewhere along the line, crossbreeding has taken place.
There’s a chance that both of the parents are still malamutes, but they themselves may have had crossbred parents (or grandparents).
The purebred Alaskan Malamute breed does not contain or pass down the gene required to have blue eyes.
But, having said that. There is an extremely rare case of a purebred malamute having blue eyes. Although we are talking about winning the lottery type odds.
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What Color Eyes Do Malamute Puppies Have?
Malamute puppies, even purebreds, will all start life with blue eyes. In fact, all puppies in the world start life with blue eyes.
Puppies have blue eyes because the melanin (pigment) has not started to develop. And it’s the melanin that gives the eye’s their color.
The time frame is different for every puppy but it may be from a few weeks to a couple of months before your malamute puppy starts settling into her natural eye color.
Your malamute puppy will end up having either light amber, brown, or dark brown eyes by the time she is around 6 months and older.
Can Alaskan Malamute Have Green Eyes?
So if blue is out of the question, what about green? Can malamutes have green eyes?
Having green eyes is just as unlikely as having blue eyes. Your malamute may end up with a very light shade of brown that some could say looks slightly green, but in fact, would still be considered brown.
Blue eyes have little to no melanin present, but with green eyes, there is melanin still present, just a slightly under sufficient amount for the eyes not to end up turning brown.
If your malamute is purebred, he’s going to end up with brown eyes. But don’t be disappointed, the shades of brown vary greatly all the way from light ambers to dark walnut brown.
Other Breeds Who Are Capable Of Having Blue Eyes
Although the gene mutation required to have blue eyes isn’t found in Alaskan Malamutes, it can still be found in many other breeds, aside from huskies.
Breeds that can have heterochromia:
● Welsh Corgis
● Australian Shepherds
● Border Collies
● Australian Cattle Dogs
● Great Danes
● Shetland Sheepdog
● Shih Tzus
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