For the longest time, I believed that dogs saw in black and white. I'm sure that's what I was told when I was young. Maybe that's what everyone believed. Maybe scientists just weren't able to perform the research needed.
But it's not true! Dogs DO see in colors. They don't see quite the same way humans do and I'm sure they're not looking at your clothes and noticing certain colors aren't right for you, but they are seeing colors.
Scientists believe that dogs are only able to see in shades of yellow, blue and grey. Dogs have only two types of color-sensitive "cone" cells whereas humans have three. It's awesome that dogs can see in color, but still, sad that they are clueless about my favorite color...red.
Dogs also have blurrier vision than humans with 20/20 vision since they have four to eight times less visual accuity. A dog's vision is believed to be 20/75 which means that they lose sight of patterns 20 feet away that most people can see at 75 feet away. Good thing they have a great sense of smell!
So, the next time you buy a colorful toy for your dog, make it a blue or yellow one. It just might be easier for them to find in your green grass as opposed to a red or orange toy.
Hi! My name is Brenda and along with my husband, Jerry, we are thrilled to have discovered the wonderful world of Labradoodles! Australian Labradoodles to be exact. Join us on our journey of breeding and living with this extraordinary breed and you'll find yourself hooked as well!