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Post by Dragon on Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:40 am

A new study suggests that the defining trait is linked to a unique genetic mutation

At-home DNA kits have become a popular way to learn more about one’s ancestry and genetic makeup—and the handy tests aren’t just for humans, either. Dog owners who want to delve into their fluffy friends’ family history and uncover the risks of possible diseases can choose from a number of services that screen doggie DNA.

As Kitson Jazynka reports for National Geographic, one of these services, Embark Veterinary, Inc., recently analyzed user data to unlock an enduring canine mystery: How did Siberian huskies get their brilliant blue eyes?

Piercing peepers are a defining trait of this beautiful doggo. According to the new study, published in PLOS Genetics, breeders report that blue eyes are a common and dominant trait among Siberian huskies, but appear to be rare and recessive in other breeds, like Pembroke Welsh corgis, old English sheepdogs and border collies. In some breeds, like Australian shepherds, blue eyes have been linked to patchy coat patterns known as “merle” and “piebald,” which are caused by certain genetic mutations. But it was not clear why other dogs—chief among them the Siberian husky—frequently wind up with blue eyes.

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Post by Cloud on Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:22 am

Aww. I had a border collie.. she had one brown eye and one blue eye.

I heard with cats, if you see one that's white and has blue eyes most of them are blind, I wonder if huskies are prone to blindness as well. Either way they are so beautiful , their blue eyes are piercing I love you


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