eyes of the Australian Shepherd should be almond-shaped and obliquely
set. This type of eye shape and set offers more protection and is less
likely to sustain injury.
protruding eyes are much more
likely to be damaged in normal daily activities and so are to be
faulted. They also detract from the expression of the breed, giving a
startled appearance rather than an attentive one.
color is irrelevant in the Australian Shepherd and the breed enjoys
a wide variety of color variations which adds to the individuality of
each specimen. Blue eyes, brown eyes, amber eyes, bi colored eyes (one
of each), and marbled or split colored
eyes are equally acceptable.
should be noted that eye color does affect expression and can give the
illusion of different shapes. A blue eye and lighter amber eyes can
appear rounder because the entire iris is quite distinct, so some
effort should be made to determine the actual eye shape when looking at
light colored eyes.
attention is given to the placement and shape of the pupil because of
the historical occurance of an eye defect called an iris coloboma in
this breed, particularly in merles. An iris coloboma is often seen as a
notched or missing section of the iris. If near the pupil, it will give
the pupil a keyhole or oblong shape. A perfectly round, centered pupil
is the only acceptable shape.