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12-09-2013 01:45 AM
dogfaeries I guess I'm in the minority here. I don't want a light eye on my dogs. The darker the better.


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12-08-2013 11:54 PM
MilesNY
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I've been told from more than one old school GSD breeder that lighter eyes spook sheep and horses that GSDs were around because of the startling contrast - so they were bred to have darker eyes in order to lessen the chances of spooking other domesticated animals GSDs were worked around.
While I believe that may have been the reason, that is one of those BS old ways of thinking of you ask me. Border collies have no standard for eye color. In fact all of my BCs have had bright amber eyes and black faces. The BC coat color I was always told was so they stood out from the sheep for the handler working far away to see them. Mostly white dogs or red dogs use to be culled at birth, however now, no one cares and the sheep still work fine.

It's one of those parts of the standard I just ignore. :-) because really the only things I truly care about, even in sheps, is working ability.


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12-08-2013 05:36 PM
HarleyTheGSD Your dog will stop growing in height at approximately one year of age and will be completely filled out at about two to three years of age.
Varick has light eyes too, they're hazel. I would consider that a big conformation fault, but I'm not going to be showing him. I think his eyes are unique and beautiful. Same goes for your handsome fella.
12-08-2013 04:31 PM
Freestep
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I've been told from more than one old school GSD breeder that lighter eyes spook sheep and horses that GSDs were around because of the startling contrast - so they were bred to have darker eyes in order to lessen the chances of spooking other domesticated animals GSDs were worked around.
I suppose that makes sense, but shouldn't the dog have the respect of the stock as well? I guess there's a fine line between moving and spooking, and much depends on the type of stock.

I'm not a herding expert, but I've heard Border Collie people say that sheep are more intimidated by black dogs than they are by white dogs, therefore they give the black dog more respect. For that reason, it seems that predominantly black (or dark) dogs are preferred for working ranches. I haven't really paid attention to the eye color of Border Collies, however.

By the same token, most livestock guardian breeds are white or light-colored.
12-08-2013 04:10 PM
qbchottu Additionally, the standard calls for dark nose and dark face/mask so light eyes strongly contrast with these features - making the animal stand out in a startling manner.
12-08-2013 04:06 PM
qbchottu I've been told from more than one old school GSD breeder that lighter eyes spook sheep and horses that GSDs were around because of the startling contrast - so they were bred to have darker eyes in order to lessen the chances of spooking other domesticated animals GSDs were worked around.
12-08-2013 03:59 PM
Freestep
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The GSD standard calls for the eyes to be as dark as possible. If you show a dog with light eyes in conformation, it would be critiqued down for having light eyes. It does NOT mean the dog is not purebred. It only means the dog contains a conformation fault. If you do not plan to show the dog in conformation, it should not matter either way because nothing else about the dog is impacted by light eyes - just that the standard calls for dark eyes.
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My male has lighter eyes and I personally love it. He photographs great and I love his big dark face and his brighter eyes.
I am not sure why the standard calls for darker eyes, because I personally think that an amber-colored eye in a dark face is stunningly beautiful. But they didn't write the standard for me.
12-08-2013 02:17 PM
Saber_Diego Thanks guys you really cheered me up, abt the photography lol its my fav hobbie nowadays :$
12-08-2013 02:10 PM
KathrynApril He is a stunning dog.

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12-08-2013 12:25 AM
wolfy dog He looks magical with these piercing eyes. Gorgeous.
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