blue eyes - shih tzu
question: are blue eyes in a shih tzu indicative of any health problems or inproper breeding? Help.
Reply To: catdog
Blue eyes in Shih tzu can mean potential health problems, but it can also be a genetic defect that has no health problems.
If the eye is hazy and looks cloudys in some lights it could meanthe adult Shih Tzu has cataracts, corneal ulcers, or various forms of inflammation of the clear part of the eye (keratitis).
Blue eyes that persist throughout life can occasionally be found in Shih Tzu. Such blue eyes (actually, often dark or light gray rather than bright blue) are found in blue dogs. Blue Shih Tzu lack a needed color gene for black. Their color is therefore dilute; they also have blue pigment on their muzzles, noses, lips, footpads, and eye rims. Like liver-pigmented dogs (which have light brown eyes and pigment rather than the more common black), blue Shih Tzu are rare, but are perfectly acceptable in the show ring.
Reply To: Doglover81
YES BLUE EYES IN SHIH TZU'S ARE POSSIBLE...IT IS VERY RARE AND NO THEY ARE NOT AN ISSUE OF CONCERN..I OWN SHIH TZU'S WITH BEAUTIFUL AQUA BLUE EYES.MY DOGS HAVE NEVERHAD ANY EYES PROBLEMS... THEY ARE JUST AS HEALTHY AS ANY OTHERSHIH TZU. SEE MY WEB PG FOR EXAMPLES OF THE HEALTHY BLUE EYES AS I DO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS SOME SHIHTZU'S THAT HAVE A CLOUDY NESS COLOR OF BLUE(AND YES CLUDYNESS IS A CAUSE OF CONCERN)
My Shitzu has blue eyes.......she is almost 10 yrs old. Also.....she is all white.
My opinion is .........weak genes......shouldnt have been bred......My friend has the brother to my dog........and it has one blue eye.........and right now she has been dealing with ulcer in its eye. I have been lucky so far............Also.......my dog is not typical (at least I dont think so) to what a Shitzu is suppose to be like.
She HATES all dogs...........and is deffinitely not a 'lap dog'............
Reply To: WWWGOTSHIHTZUCOM
Your dogs are absolutely beautiful!!!! Baby Blue Eyes just like my dog's.
I have to tell you some info on my dog.....her personality.......Im real curious if you have ever dealt with this behavior.
She is deffinitely not a 'lap dog'. From the time she was a pup......its as if she were saying "dont touch me or love on me........only when I say so" (Yes I know she is the Omega).......and other dogs...........forget it........she hates them. She doesnt want to play with them.....barks at them..........and some dogs actually want to kill her. One time a friend of mine (who also has a Shitzu) tried to take her out of house to do her business..........and couldnt get near her)
The only person that has control over her........is the dog groom
Very curious.........have you ever dealt with such personaltiy!
Reply To: Gigi
Your description of your blue-eyed shih-tzu's behavior sounds very familiar. I adopted a male blue-eyed shih-tzu about 3 years ago, he was about a year old then and had always been kept in a kennell and probably not socialized much. He immediately bonded with me and my husband, but would run out of the room when he heard a knock on the door or if any of my grown kids came over. My son, who absolutely adores animals was the one he would least tolerate. I believe someone that fit my son's description may have abused him or frightened him at one time. I also thought that maybe his "attitude" was due to lack of socialization until I read your post, very interesting that it may be a trait of blue-eyed shih-tzu.
Blue eyes are a disqualification in the Shoh Tzu breed. They are the result of poor breeding, and can sometimes indicate an introduction of a different breed into your dogs "pedigree".Breeders who are ethical will not breed any dogs with any disqualifing fault, and they will remove all relatives from their breeding program whose genes have produced the blue eyes. Therefore, it DOES indicate poor breeding, and leaves plenty of room for potential other inherited problems which may lie ahead for your dog. (As the person who bred the Sire and Dam is not ethical, and probably does not screen for genetic problems in their breeding stock)As an ethical breeder, one does all relative screenings for their breed, and the goal is to improve the breed.
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