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Will My Puppy Have Blue Eyes Forever?

By Cuteness Team
published: August 28, 2017 - updated: November 30, 2021 • 2 min. read
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Key Takeaways

  • Puppies may be born with blue eyes but experience a color change a few weeks later.
  • Puppies’ eyes are closed for up to the first two weeks of their lives.
  • Dark brown is the most common eye color in dogs.
  • Some breeds of dogs have blue eyes for life, such as the Siberian Husky.
  • Puppies’ eyesight matures within about 3-4 weeks so they begin seeing more clearly then.

Blue-eyed puppies are striking to say the least, but how long will the blueish tinge last? Not long, as the eye usually changes to its permanent coloration several weeks down the line. It takes a while to uncover puppies’ “true” eye colors, which can range from brown to amber to the rare permanent blue color.

At First Sight

Puppies’ eyes are closed for the first 8 to 14 days of their lives. Their eyes only begin to reveal themselves — and slowly open after that point. This is the time to enjoy the blue-eyed stage where their eyes are blue and wholly uniform in color, meaning there is no change from the irises to the pupils.


Mature Eye Coloration

Around 3 or 4 weeks in age, puppies’ final eye color slowly starts to become visible. The most common eye color on dogs is deep brown, so you might notice the chocolatey tones making their way through around this time. However, the process occurs slowly and doesn’t happen overnight. It often takes nine to 12 weeks, starting from this point, for a puppy’s eye color to settle in and “stay.” The permanent eye color change can even happen as late as 16 weeks in age.

Baby Blues

While the majority of dogs end up with dark brown eyes, some breeds are the exception. The Siberian husky breed is one such example. These snow dogs often have icy blue eyes lasting their entire lifetime. Siberian Huskies also sometimes have two eyes of differing colors called heterochromia — think a single blue eye and a single light yellowish-brown or brown eye. Apart from blue and brown, possible eye colors in dogs run the gamut, just as in people.

Seeing Clearly Now

As puppies’ eyes open, their vision also develops over time, similar to the development of their eye color. When puppies initially open their peepers to their fascinating surroundings, they can’t take much in of what they see — everything still looks rather hazy. At 3 or 4 weeks old, puppies’ eyes generally start to operate like those of adults, similar to the development of their permanent eye color.  Enrolling in pet insurance early means that future eye conditions might be eligible for coverage; keeping those baby blues healthy!

This article is provided by Cuteness—the go-to destination for passionate pet parents. Cuteness has answers to all of your health, training, and behavior questions – as well as the cutest, funniest, and most inspiring pet stories from all over the world.

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