7 years ago
question: are blue eyes in a shih tzu indicative of any health problems or inproper breeding? Help.
4 years ago
Reply To: catdog
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'............
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.
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