Light eyes - German Shepherd Dog Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-03-2008, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
Crowned Member
 
SunCzarina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 12,842
Light eyes

Tell me what you know! Otto is my first GSD to have lighter eyes. His sire's eyes are the same color but his dam's are dark. I've been noticing some pictures of darker dogs with lighter eyes and wonder, is it more common in black coats or very dark dogs? Both Otto grandsires are pure blacks.

This picture shows how light his eyes are in contrast to my female who has nice dark eyes. Oddly, her eyes always turn green with camera flash, his turn yellow

-Jenn

Venus of Crooked Creek 1/26/13
Otto von Hena-C 05/23/08
Morgan Donnermond 08/04/01 to 9/28/12 Long Live the Queen!

I have duct tape and I am not afraid to use it.
SunCzarina is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-03-2008, 06:02 PM
Crowned Member
 
pupresq's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 5,485
Re: Light eyes

Part of it is contrast - the darker the dog, the lighter the eyes are going to look in comparison because our eyes tend to judge things next to each other, same way putting a greenish blue next to a true blue will make the first color look much more green. We focus in on the differences.

As far as the actual color of the eyes, our boy Leo is a borderline blanket/saddle, but is fairly lightly pigmented (cream rather than red or tan etc) and he has very light eyes. Grace is a dark blanket and has extremely dark eyes. Our recent black foster Dahlia also had very dark eyes. Chris may be able to offer some insight on the genetics - her dogs (of all colors) seem to have extremely dark eyes.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
pupresq is offline  
post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-03-2008, 06:06 PM
Elite Member
 
Rügen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Utah
Posts: 1,329
Re: Light eyes

Hi Jenn-

I'm not sure about the inheritance of eye color. But the yellow/green difference you see in the photo above (I think) has more to do with Morgan's age and the development of cataracts. The article I linked below has a picture of an eye that looks just like Morgan's. Mully's did the same thing in photos as she "grew more mature." It never affected her negatively, just a part of getting older


http://www.thepetcenter.com/imtop/geriatrics.html


Eyes:
The most obvious sign of aging in a dog (and less in cats) is often seen in their eyes. That appearance to the center of the eye where instead of being dark or black it really looks like wax paper...that is due to a cataract. The normally clear lens begins to dehydrate and reflects light back from the eye instead of trapping the light and focusing it on the retina.

Cara
Here's my train of thought, you can follow it if you want.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
~ GSD, born 2-9-2008
Lucky~ Golden Retriever, 2.5 years old
Mr. Monk~ Taunting Tabby Cat
Rügen is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-03-2008, 06:39 PM
Crowned Member
 
Chicagocanine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 6,510
Re: Light eyes

I wanted to mention that it is not necessarily cataracts if the dogs' eyes have that milky or light-reflecting appearance. My terrier started to develop that look to his eyes as he aged and one vet told me he had cataracts, however he still had perfect eyesight as he always had-- he was still able to catch a tiny falling crumb in the air and never had any sign of diminished sight. I went to another vet and she told me my dog had another condition dogs get when they are older which can cause that appearance but does not cause sight impairment. I believe it is called lenticular sclerosis and it is common to almost all older dogs, but does not affect their sight.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jubal/Tesla (Beauceron) 3/14/14
Bianca HIC CGC TT (GSD) 4/24/04-10/23/12
Chicagocanine is offline  
post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-03-2008, 06:54 PM
Crowned Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 11,306
Re: Light eyes

Brady has the Green/dark eyes and my lab has the light/gold eyes she is older than B boy
And that is with out me taking pics too

Dawn
GSRNE Volunteer
"A dog a day keeps the Doctor away!"

proudly owned by:
Brady von Barren Berg, CGC GSD 5/4/05
Cooper von Nordosten, GSD 12/27/10
Missy, Chocolate Lab 3/9/03
littledmc17 is offline  
post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-03-2008, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
Crowned Member
 
SunCzarina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 12,842
Re: Light eyes

This gave me a good excuse to look at old pictures. Maybe the contrast with the dark dogs is true. Luther had very dark eyes, so dark that people often thought his dots were his eyes. Looking at the pictures, his eyes look lighter in contrast to his big black head.

I found some where Morgan had eyes that look lighter than they do now, maybe they've darkened with age. Also I'm in total denial that my crazy chick is getting old! This was taken when she was about 14 months old, see the little whisps of grey under her chin? Green eyes too... I found some pictures where she had one green and one yellow eye in camera flash. Look too demonic to post those!


-Jenn

Venus of Crooked Creek 1/26/13
Otto von Hena-C 05/23/08
Morgan Donnermond 08/04/01 to 9/28/12 Long Live the Queen!

I have duct tape and I am not afraid to use it.
SunCzarina is offline  
post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-03-2008, 11:28 PM
Elite Member
 
Rügen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Utah
Posts: 1,329
Re: Light eyes

Jenn, I didn't mean to diagnose Morgan, it was just a possibility.
Mully was only 5 when the vet saw it, later I noticed it in photos. She never had any issues with her eyes or sight. Morgan is beautiful and only slightly distinguished, she isn't that long in the tooth! So, I'll leave it to the experts on eye color inheritance~ btw she was an adorable pup!

Cara
Here's my train of thought, you can follow it if you want.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
~ GSD, born 2-9-2008
Lucky~ Golden Retriever, 2.5 years old
Mr. Monk~ Taunting Tabby Cat
Rügen is offline  
post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-04-2008, 03:48 PM
Crowned Member
 
Chicagocanine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 6,510
Re: Light eyes

If she didn't have any issues with her sight than it was not cataracts...


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jubal/Tesla (Beauceron) 3/14/14
Bianca HIC CGC TT (GSD) 4/24/04-10/23/12
Chicagocanine is offline  
post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-04-2008, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
Crowned Member
 
SunCzarina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 12,842
Re: Light eyes

It's ok, my girl has been slowing down the last year or so. Most nights she jumps up on the boys bed to read stories, it makes me sad to think about how much she loves my kids and after she's gone I won't be able to look at baby pictures without seeing how much she's always adored them. I wonder if anyone gets sad about these things when they look at dog who's only 7 - and yes I do feel silly but I love her to pieces.

-Jenn

Venus of Crooked Creek 1/26/13
Otto von Hena-C 05/23/08
Morgan Donnermond 08/04/01 to 9/28/12 Long Live the Queen!

I have duct tape and I am not afraid to use it.
SunCzarina is offline  
post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-04-2008, 07:39 PM
Crowned Member
 
Barb E's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 14,529
Re: Light eyes

Here's an older post where eye color was talked about - with some pictures


https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/ubb...&gonew=1#UNREAD

Dante - March 2004
Kaos von Wolfstraum Oct 2011

"Today is tomorrow's time machine" ~ Dr G ~
Barb E is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Light Eyes Saber_Diego General Puppy Stuff 26 12-09-2013 01:45 AM
Eyes color - My dog's eyes are 2 different colors? tami97 Health Issues 9 10-01-2011 03:36 AM
light color around eyes triordan General Puppy Stuff 4 12-18-2008 08:21 PM
HEALING WITH LIGHT GSDLoverII Holistic/Homeopathic Practices 9 08-16-2008 04:44 PM
Bringing Light to Shadow by Pam Dennison LUV_GSDs Favorite Links, Books and Videos! 13 02-24-2008 08:59 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome