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    06-26-2010, 09:17 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Blue eyes do truly bother some horse people, lol. It's amazing how many wives tales involve blue eyes. I've heard the blindness one, and I've heard them claim deafness associated (who knows why) and i've even heard (this one REALLY cracked me up) that blue eyed horses could give you the "evil-eye" like a hoodoo curse or something. Never heard the missing something in the brain theory. Pretty amusing.
     
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    06-26-2010, 11:34 PM
  #12
Foal
Oh man people are just to priceless! I personally really do not think blue eyes effects the horses in anyway and I love blue eyes on horses I think it gives them such a unique look and the blue that they get is just stunning to me! I'm always drawn to the blue eyes.
     
    06-29-2010, 03:38 PM
  #13
Foal
People are wacky. I love horses, dogs and cats with blue eyes. My husband thinks that blue eyed pets are creep looking, especially horses and dogs.
We free lease a pony from a friend, and the pony has one eye that is half blue and half brown. I love the way it looks. The friend who owns her says "I always thought she'd be so much prettier without that blue eye." Just personal preference.
Some people might be confusing the blue eyes/deafness with cats. In cats there is a genetic link between blue eyes in pure white cats and deafness.
     
    06-29-2010, 10:07 PM
  #14
Foal
Please, I think people are making too much of a big deal.
I love blue eyes too, like erika said, give the horse a unique look, and personally, I feel like I could drown in they re eyes so pretty

Dogs and cats are different,
Completely white cats that have blue eyes will tend to be deaf,
My sister found a baby cat baby my grandpa garage, abandonned by his mother. He has one blue eye and one green, we realized that he was deaf and probably why the mom left me.
For dogs it depends, I know white german shepherd will tend to get more health issue if they have clear eyes... its probably a matter of genetics for sure!
My husky has blue eyes and so far she hasnt had any issue, perfectly fine but she s not completely white, so not consider albino
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    06-29-2010, 10:19 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Congenital deafness in dogs and cats has less to do with the eye color and more to do with the coat color. Double dilutes are prone to deafness and sometimes other genetic problems as well, due to crossing too many recessive genes together (most common being white to white or merle to merle). It's most frequently seen in Collies, Shelties, and Australian Shepherds, but is also common in white German Shepherds, white Boxers, and white Bulldogs, white Bull Terriers, as well as VERY frequently seen in chocolate Dalmations. The blue eyes are just another part of the dilution genes - they are actually less related to the deafness than coat color, as evidenced by breeds such as huskies (like the previous poster mentioned) who traditionally always have blue eyes, but no greater incidence of deafness than other breeds.

Eh....sorry for the genetics lesson. But blue eyes on horses are no more cause for concern than brown eyes - other than, as mentioned, some do find them "creepy".
     
    06-29-2010, 10:59 PM
  #16
Foal
Yeah you went into much more details than me :p
But its always good to learn something new ( especially when it comes to animals )
     
    06-29-2010, 11:06 PM
  #17
Foal
Bo is silly
     
    06-30-2010, 01:39 PM
  #18
Foal
I have a white German Shepherd, and actually deafness is NOT common in the breed. Blue eyes would also be extremely unusual in a purebred white GSD. White GSDs are supposed to have very dark eyes and pigment.
While it's true in some other breeds that white dogs can be more prone to deafness, in the case of GSDs, a white GSD is no more likely to be deaf than a black and tan.

White German Shepherds
White GSDs carry the same genes as their colored counterparts that produce any coat color or pattern. The white gene acts as a mask to prevent this color from being visible. Imagine having a wooden table and covering it with a white tablecloth. The table is still brown, but you can't see it because of the tablecloth. This is how the white gene works in the white GSD. Underneath that tablecloth, your table is exactly the same as one without a tablecloth, and the same is true of the GSD. There are no medical problems or temperament issues linked to the white gene. Since it is a masking gene rather than an albino gene, issues arising from lack of pigmentation (blindness, deafness) do not occur with any more frequency than in colored GSDs.
     
    06-30-2010, 01:53 PM
  #19
Started
Dally-- Your dog is so cute! I love that picture :].

My pony has two blue eyes. I love them! He's not crazy and can see very well at night when I take him on night rides.
     
    06-30-2010, 10:16 PM
  #20
Foal
Barrelracer - thanks, it is hard to get good pics of dog! She's an alaskan husky ( crazy puppy )

Artsyjenn- I guess it depends on the dog, I work in a vet clinic and my boss have seen more cases of albino types that are deaf or blind.
White GS though, tend to have more hips/ bones problems (from his experience) more than blindness or deafness, but it can happen, so probably just a matter of luck.
You should post a pic of ur cutie, I love GS
     

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