can poodles have blue eyes
What determines eye color in dogs?
The eye color of a dog is determined by the concentration of melanin in the iris of the eye. The higher the concentration of melanin, the darker the eye color will be. Dogs with lower concentrations of melanin will have lighter eye colors.
The genetics of blue eyes in poodles
The genetics of blue eyes in poodles is a bit more complicated than in other breeds. The gene that is responsible for blue eyes is called “B” and it is a recessive gene. This means that the dog must inherit the gene from both parents in order to have blue eyes. If the dog inherits the gene from only one parent, the eyes will be a different color. For example, if a dog has one blue eye and one brown eye, that dog has the B gene, but it is not dominant. This is also why poodles can have a variety of eye colors, including brown, green, and hazel.
Other factors that can influence eye color in dogs
There are a number of other factors that can influence eye color in dogs. For example, dogs that are heterozygous for the merle gene (meaning they have one copy of the merle gene and one copy of the non-merle gene) may have eyes that are a different color than their coat. Dogs that are homozygous for the merle gene (meaning they have two copies of the merle gene) may have eyes that are nearly black. Additionally, the iris of a dog’s eye may change color as the dog gets older.