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Iris color of Golden's eyes

When we got our 2nd Golden puppy Sammy, I noticed that his eyes were very dark brown compared to our 3 year old Kasey's eyes, (pictured below) which are fairly light in color. I just thought it was a puppy thing and Sammy's eyes would get lighter in color as he grew up. He is now about 9 months old and his eyes are still really dark. So my question is, are there different colored eyes in Goldens, like we humans have?

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Yes, there are varying eye colors that are acceptable. You need to look up the standard on the AKC website or the GRCA website to see what eye color should be...

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Here is a direct quote from the GRCA standard:
Color preferably dark brown; medium brown acceptable.

The fact that it specifically mentions dark and medium suggests that there were eye color variations when it was written.

All the goldens I have personally seen have had dark eyes. Though, I have heard folks mention goldens with lighter eyes.

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The color does vary. I think Kasey's (in the picture) are pretty light and the color ranges to very dark. As I recall, the Golden breed standard mentions eye color. I think it says dark is preferred but medium brown is acceptable. Our Zeke's eyes were a medium brown and I thought they were somewhat more expressive than the very dark eyes of some Goldens.

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Axl's eyes are light to medium brown. Angus, my 8 month old, 80 lb 'puppy' has very dark brown eyes.

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Sadie's are really dark. in most lights I can't differentiate between the pupil and the iris.

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