Which adoptable dog breeds have blue eyes?

The following dog breeds with blue eyes have striking appearances, and they can all be the perfect match for different types of families. But if you’re thinking of adopting a dog, it’s important to look past the blue eyes. Instead, consider the dog’s temperament, energy level, and other important traits. Understanding each dog’s care needs can help you make the best choice for your family — and chances are you can still find a dog with blue eyes who’s just perfect for your home.

Siberian husky

Blue-eyed Siberian Husky in a yard
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Known for their stunning blue eyes, Siberian huskies can make loyal companions, but these dogs aren’t right for every family. Huskies are larger, weighing between 35 and 60 pounds, and they’re highly energetic, so they need to be carefully watched in homes with small children. They have a thick double coat, so be prepared to deal with plenty of shedding hair if you adopt a husky.

Huskies were originally bred to work as sled dogs, and their status as a working dog is evident in their high energy and instinctive need to chase smaller animals. A husky needs plenty of exercise, and a fenced-in yard is ideal, especially given this breed’s tendency to chase things.

While huskies need to be in a situation where their activity needs are met, they’re also highly intelligent and social dogs that can be a great choice for a dedicated owner who’s willing to invest some time in training.

Border collie

Border Collie playing with a rope toy

Border collies carry the blue-eye gene, and they’re one of the most energetic dog breeds you’ll encounter. Bred to herd livestock, border collies can run and play for hours. Because of their herding instinct, puppies and young dogs may try to herd their human family members until they are trained not to.

While border collies are highly energetic, they’re also highly intelligent and trainable. They’re also social and form strong connections with their families. Although these dogs can be good family pets, they need families who understand their energy levels and who will ensure plenty of walks, runs, and playtime every day. A fenced-in yard can help with this, and the border collie is a naturally popular choice among families who live on farms and in rural areas with plenty of space for the dogs to run.


Black Dachshund lying on a bench outdoors

On occasion, dachshunds can have blue eyes, which is particularly common in merle-coated dogs. Thanks to the dachshund’s small stature, this breed is a good choice for families living in smaller homes and apartments. Dachshunds also don’t require the same longer-distance walks that some larger, more energetic breeds need.

It’s important to understand that the dachshund can be stubborn and feisty, and any owner will need to put some time into training a new dog. This breed is also cuddly and affectionate, and weighing between 15 and 30 pounds, it’s an ideal lapdog.

Australian shepherd

Blue-eyed Australian Shepherd in a field

Many Australian shepherds have blue eyes, and that eye coloring occurs across multiple coat colors. Like border collies, Australian shepherds were bred to herd livestock, and their high energy levels reflect that trait. This working breed needs to get plenty of daily exercise, or they can channel that excess energy into negative behaviors.

Aussies can do well in house or apartment living, as long as they receive the mental stimulation and physical activity they need. They’re highly intelligent and trainable, and training is important when teaching them not to use their herding instinct on your human family members or on other pets. These dogs are most ideal for active families who can invest time in daily exercise.

Pit bull

Blue-eyed Pit Bull puppy sitting on a bed

Some light-coated pit bulls have blue eyes, and it’s particularly likely that you’ll find this breed in animal shelters. Pit bulls have earned a bad reputation because of some pit bull attacks, but it’s important to remember that training plays an important role in how a dog will behave.

The American pit bull terrier was originally bred to fight, but many of these dogs are people-loving, affectionate types today. Pit bulls tend to be highly receptive to training, and they don’t have the high energy levels that some of the working dogs are known for.

Adopting the right dog

These blue-eyed dog breeds are beautiful and captivating, but when adopting, don’t base your decision only on a dog’s appearance. Instead, consider how that dog’s temperament and care needs will work with your family and lifestyle. Consider how much time you can dedicate to exercising the dog each day, any constraints that your living situation (like a small apartment) places on your choice of dog, and what type of dog temperament would best fit in with your family.

When adopting a dog, spend plenty of time researching the breed and talking with shelter staff about that individual dog’s temperament, training, and background. Working with a professional dog trainer can also help your whole family and your new dog learn how to live peacefully with each other.

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