What Colors Can Dogs See?

What Colors Can Dogs See?

When it comes to choosing a toy or a dog training tool for your dog, it is important to take into account which colors are the most striking for dogs. In this way, you can ensure that your dog can distinguish toys from other objects, include floors.

In this AnimalWised article we will be discussing what colors dogs can see. We will be including those that are most striking for dogs and those which are more difficult for canines to differentiate. Keep reading to find out more.

What do dogs see?

Although the primary senses of the dogs are smell and hearing, sight also plays an important role in their communication. Sight also functions in helping a dog when it comes to satisfying their basic needs.However, there are many myths that exist around a dog’s sight, these myths can easily confuse us when interpreting which are the most striking colors for dogs.

The answer lies in their visual cones. These cones are defined as the photosensitive cells found in the eye, sensitive to both color and detail. While man has 150 cones, a dog only has 40, therefore, dogs have dichromatic vision.

However, it is important to note that this does not mean that dogs have poorer vision than humans. In fact, dogs are able to better detect movement than humans can. Dogs can capture the attention of a fixed point and see more clearly during the night.

What color is a dog more attracted to?

According to several studies [1] [2] [3], dogs are able to distinguish several shades of: blue, yellow and gray. However, they are not able to distinguish: green, red, pink or purple, for example.

It is interesting to note that most pet products are red, a color difficult for dogs to distinguish. This is because the seller prioritizes the human rather than the animal.

Dog vision

By looking at the image presented below, we can notice the difference between how humans distinguish color to how dogs distinguish color. In the dog side of image, we can notice how canines strongly distinguish blues and yellows, whereby their vision of red, green and orange acquire more of a grayish brownish hue.

For this reason, we recommend buying your dogs toys or devices which are blue and yellow. This will make it easier for your dog to distinguish their toys.

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References
  1. Neitz J., Geist T., Jacobs G. H., Color vision in the dog Visual Neuroscience 1 June 2009
  2. Jacobs G. H., Deegan J. F., Crognale M. A., Fenwick J. A., Photopigments of dogs and foxes and their implications for canid vision Visual Neuroscience 1 June 2009
  3. Kelber A., Vorobyev M., Osorio D., Animal colour vision – behavioural tests and physiological concepts Biological Reviews 1 March 2003