Curious to know if there are any black cat breeds with blue eyes?
I don’t blame you; those sparkling peepers sure are a sight to behold!
We’ll check out the answer below, and explore other neat eye colors for our ebony kitties.
We have a lot to talk about, so let’s jump in!
Black Cat Breeds With Blue Eyes: Do They Exist?
Cats with blue eyes are a sight to behold. The dazzling blue eyes often seem like they see through you.
That explains why many cat owners are attracted to them. But what causes blue eyes in cats?
All kittens have blue eyes from when they’re born until they are about six weeks old.
That’s because cats can only develop an eye pigmentation/melanin when they’re six weeks or older.
Now, some cats can remain with blue eyes because they possess a gene that inhibits coloration.
But this doesn’t often happen. In most cats, the eyes eventually change to green or yellow.
Pointed cat breeds with a recessive albinism gene will most likely have blue eyes.
But cats with a dominant albinism gene will have both blue eyes and a pale coat. White cats with blue eyes are also usually deaf.
Do Black Cats Have Blue Eyes?
Black cats are quite famous for their strikingly silky dark coats, resulting from their genetic makeup.
This makeup causes them to have a lot of melanin compared to other cats.
According to the Cat Fancier’s Association, currently, there are 22 black cat breeds.
But in all the 22 breeds, it’s unlikely to find a black cat with blue eyes.
This is because the gene that causes cats to have blue eyes is mostly found in lighter colored breeds.
Like in other cat breeds, black kittens will be born with blue eyes, but these colors will change once they’re older.
So you’ll most likely come across black cat breeds with green eyes and black cat breeds with yellow eyes.
What breed of cat is black with blue eyes?
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Out of all the types of black cat breeds, the only widely known one that has blue eyes is Ojos Azules.
It’s a fairly new breed that first appeared in 1984 when kittens with intense blue-colored eyes were born to a female tortoiseshell cat.
While the eye color is often associated with the color of the cat’s fur/coat color in all other cats, that’s not the case with the Ojos Azules.
That’s why it’s possible to find an Ojos Azules cat with a black coat and blue eyes.
Breeders often cross Ojos Azules cats with other cats to produce blue-eyed cats.
However, they realized that the gene responsible for the blue eyes should be heterozygous to ensure healthy kittens.
The lack of pigmentation in Ojos Azules cats is different from that in the Siamese and other cats, but the blue eyes are sometimes similar.
In some cases, the Siamese’s blue eyes may appear darker.
What Breed Is A Black Cat With Yellow Eyes?
As mentioned earlier, black cats have a lot of melanin responsible for skin and eye coloration.
Also, as mentioned earlier, the eye color is associated with the coat color.
That’s why most black cats are associated with yellow eyes, also known as golden eyes. Some of these breeds include;
The American Shorthair is a widely known domestic cat that dates back several centuries ago.
It was mainly used to keep rodents away from homes, and you’ll sometimes see them exercise this hunting trait around the house.
They come in different coat solid-colors. And their eye colors include green, hazel, copper, and gold.
The black American Shorthairs often have golden eyes.
Sphynx is a hairless cat breed that’s similar to the Peterbald and Donskoy cats.
The first Sphynx cat was actually first seen in Canada as a result of a genetic mutation.
They also come in different coat colors and patterns, including the solid black color.
Sphynx eye colors can be yellow, green, red, or blue. Some of them may even have differently colored eyes, a trait known as heterochromia.
Overall, Sphynx cats are charming, child-friendly, and they require special care because of their unique coat.
The British Shorthairs are very popular in the UK, but they’re also being adopted in the US and worldwide.
The Blue British Shorthair was the most popular, but now you’ll find black, white, red solid-colors, as well as a wide variety of patterns and tortoiseshells.
This cat breed is also famous for the “Cheshire cat Smile.”
Most black or blue British Shorthairs have golden/copper eyes.
Besides the gorgeous eyes and beautifully colored coats, this breed is known for being calm, easy-going, and laid back.
They appreciate some attention from their owners, but they don’t like being picked up.
What kind of cat is black with green eyes?
The eye color in cats is determined by the amount of melanin. Blue eyes show a lack of melanin.
Yellow eyes show a high amount of melanin, while green eyes show a medium/average amount of melanin.
Below are some widely known black cat breeds with green eyes;
Named after a city in India, Bombay is one of the cutest black cat breeds. They’re also known for their resemblance to the Black Panther.
They’re characterized by a silky short-haired coat, muscular build, and green eyes. But you’ll find some of them with yellow/golden eyes.
Bombay cats are a crossbreed between the Burmese and the American Shorthair.
And they’re the only breed that’s exclusively black. They’re also easy to maintain, friendly, and have a lovable personality.
Havana Brown Cats
The Havana Brown cat is a rare breed in that it’s one of the few cat breeds that are dark brown from head to paw.
Their charming chocolate-colored coat and emerald green eyes make these cats irresistible.
Havana Brown cats are quite active, talkative, and a little mischievous, but they make good companions.
The first Havana Brown Cat was found in England, but it was later developed by crossing domestic black cats and the chocolate-point Siamese cats.
What does it mean to see a black cat with green eyes?
While green eyes in black cats show some amount of melanin, they have another meaning in other cultures.
For instance, several cultures believe that black cats with green or golden eyes may bring prosperity, power, or abundance.
Black cats also appear in symbolism and psychic worlds as a symbol for a “personal form of magic.”
But if you’re not into all of that, green eyes are just a result of genetics, that’s all.
As a result of their genetic makeup and higher amounts of melanin, black cats rarely have blue eyes, except for the Ojos Azules breed.
Most black cats often have yellow or green eyes.
It’s also important to note that there’s a disease that causes a yellow coloration in most cat’s eyes, regardless of their coat color.
This disease is known as Jaundice. It’s caused by a wide range of medical issues, including heartworms, blood parasites, cancers, etc.
So the treatment may differ depending on the cause.
If your cat’s eyes change to yellow, and they’re accompanied by fever, diarrhea, a rough coat, vomiting, failure to groom, and other related symptoms, you need to rush him/her to the vet for diagnosis and treatment.
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Peter is a cat dad who loves sharing his experience with other cat parents.