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Why do some Pets have Different Coloured Eyes?

December 18, 2018

Why do some Pets have Different Coloured Eyes?

Have you ever wondered why some cats have two different coloured eyes?
Or what causes dogs to have one eye which is half brown half green?
And why some horses have strange patches on their skin?

 

What is the cause of this strange characteristic? 

This condition is called Heterochromia and happens to both people and pets. Heterochromia is caused by Melanin being unequally distributed amongst certain body parts - such as the eyes, skin and hair. This condition is more likely to be seen in pets with lightly pigmented fur such as the 'Turkish Van', the 'Angora', the 'Husky' and the 'Dalmatian'. However, this can also occur amongst other breeds and different animals such as horses (usually with pinto colouring, and some Birds).  

Should I be Worried if my pet is effected by Heterochromia? 

Not at all, this condition is usually genetic as it can be passed on to offspring. Some people even chose pets based on this desired abnormality as the condition effects only the outer looks of the pet - they can see, touch and are as happy in the sun as any pet without the condition. Sometimes pets with two different coloured eyes are refered to as 'Bi-eyed'.

What Animals does this Effect?

This condition can effect anyone, from humans to cats to dogs to horses. This condition ranges from different coloured eyes, skin discolouring, fur/hair that is lighter than the main colouring.

 

So if your pet has two different coloured eyes, or their fur is a little patchy, there is nothing to worry about and they will love you all the more for choosing to adorpt them. Here at Hoobynoo World, we can customise our bespoke pet tags, bowls and mugs to accomodate your pets with those little differences that set them apart from others!

Sources: 
mypawsitivelypets.com

Heterochroimiairidum.com





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