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Australian Shepherd White Around The Eyes


How much color is needed around the eyes to not be considered a mismark? Is a white mismark around the eyes a sign of potential blindness? For example, if a dog has a lot of white but the eyes are surrounded by some color, is that a mismark or a health concern? If one of the eyes only has a little bit of color that fully encircles the eye, is that okay?

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Color on Aussie
by: KimbersGyspy

Mine is white from her nose to her shoulders, with a black dot on her ear. She was just a mismark. She is over 3 years old, and as healthy as can be! If it's a pup, I don't think you will know until they can be tested for vision or hearing.

Mismarks in Aussies
by: Anonymous

The Aussie breed standard says there should be colour, and eyebrows, around both eyes. White around the eye is considered a mismark. But white markings have no health concerns in this breed, such as blindness or deafness. An all white eye, even an all white head, can still be a beautiful dog and a great companion if the breed lines are good.

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