Are Dogs Color Bind?


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dogvis.jpgI love dogs, I have already wrote about this. I like to know as much about them as possible so I constantly look things up that I hear people say are true. One of those things is if dogs are color blind.

There is a movie called Hachi: A Dog's tale. In the movie, they showed the dog's point of view but it was all in black and white. I had heard people say that dogs can't see color so I was curious to find out more about this topic.

This website explains that dogs can see more than black and white, but cannot see all the colors humans can see. This proves that they see color but they can't distinguish them all. EX. A yellow ball while playing fetch.

Another article by the Huffington Post tells of a study conducted in Russia with nine dogs to see if they could see color. The outcomes were positive in that dogs went to the right color most if not all of the time in the study.

The reason they can see color is the same as why we can see color, but their colors are limited. This article explains that "Humans have three cones (color receptors) while dogs only have two," which is "comparable to a human with a red-green colorblindness."

Maybe next time you are trying to train your dog, you can incorporate color to have him/her relate the object with color since they see more than black and white!

 

 

Photo: http://www4.uwsp.edu/psych/dog/la/drp4.htm

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I really appreciated this article. I always look at my dog and wonder if she is only seeing black and white. Although, she has many beds in our house that are the same and perfers one, of the color pink. I was wondering if she was actually able to distinguish between the colors. It makes sense that dogs only have two cones, which makes them less able then us to see all of the colors. Here is another article that explains how dogs see colors:http://www.color-blindness.com/2007/02/27/can-dogs-see-colors/

I actually already researched this and was going to do a post on it but you beat me to it! I too am obsessed with dogs, especially my own, and thats why I started looking into it. Here is one of the articles that I read:
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/200810/can-dogs-see-colors
In this article they say that "the most common types of human colorblindness come about because the person is missing one of the three kinds of cones" meaning that the common colorblind human can see as well as a dog. I found this interesting to think about because my roommate is actually colorblind and we have always been told that dogs see in black and white when in fact my dogs can see just as well as my roommate can. Weird!

I think this is interesting because I have heard this before as well so then I always wondered why dog toys are so colorful if they aren't meant to please the dogs eye. This got me thinking about why dogs like some toys and not the other (you said you found everything about dogs interesting so I thought you would find my tangent interesting!) I read an article:http://news.discovery.com/animals/zoo-animals/dog-toys-121105.htm called Why Dogs find some toys boring. They like toys that remind them of prey so when they are bone or taste like meat but that is not always good for dogs. Plus apparently they feel sorry for us? The article is really interesting I recommend reading it!

^^^ sorry that link was not clickable here it is again http://news.discovery.com/animals/zoo-animals/dog-toys-121105.htm

I LOVE DOGS! So obviously I LOVED reading that article because I have always wondered the same thing! My beloved pet Ziggy is now all the way home in New Jersey as I am hours away in PA-so without sounding creepy, I'll admit that I like to occasionally facetime him. However, it seems as though he can never see me. This perplexes me because he always seems to react to dogs on television, so how come he doesn't react the same to an iPad screen? Maybe you have sparked a blog post for myself! Maybe you wonder the same...? So here's an article we both can use!

http://sciencenordic.com/do-dogs-see-what’s-happening-tv

I have always had dogs and have wondered if this myth were true. It makes sense that dogs vision is worse because all of their other senses are so much stronger. In this article from NBC News, http://m.nbcnews.com/health/why-does-blindness-heighten-other-senses-779918, it explains how the lack of one sense can strengthen the others. When someone's sight gets shut off all of their other senses get dramatically heightened.

Baylee,

first off my best friend's name is Baylee and it is spelled the same way! haha! Anyway, I read the article and I learned a few new things. My dogs don't really like toys. They don't have fun with them so we don't buy them anymore. They usually go for my workout ball when I am on it or after my stuffed animals if they're anxious in the morning to be let out to go mark their territory lol. The end of the article says that dogs only find toys attractive if someone is interacting with them both. I think this may be why they love tug-of-war and again, my workout ball but only when I am on it!

Michael,

I had some knowledge about the other senses heightened if one didn't work because as I have mentioned before, I have Boxer dogs. One of my dogs is white and when I first got him, a lot of people asked me if he was blind or deaf. Apparently white Boxers are known to be either of those things, but my boy is just fine thankfully. He recently had three more white puppies so I was nervous one of them might be either blind or deaf but nope, they are all normal just like their daddy. Here are some of the signs I looked at when I was deathly afraid my dog wouldn't be able to see me or hear me talk to him in my annoying puppy voice lol

http://www.americanboxerclub.org/white-deafness.html

Michael,

I had some knowledge about the other senses heightened if one didn't work because as I have mentioned before, I have Boxer dogs. One of my dogs is white and when I first got him, a lot of people asked me if he was blind or deaf. Apparently white Boxers are known to be either of those things, but my boy is just fine thankfully. He recently had three more white puppies so I was nervous one of them might be either blind or deaf but nope, they are all normal just like their daddy. Here are some of the signs I looked at when I was deathly afraid my dog wouldn't be able to see me or hear me talk to him in my annoying puppy voice lol

http://www.americanboxerclub.org/white-deafness.html

Danielle I have Facetimed my dogs too! Haha!I think they can probably see us they are just brats and don't want to show their excitement!

This video is so adorable! this is how my dogs react when we FT my dad when he is working out of town but they never react to me that strongly so maybe they pick and choose who they go crazy over?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjRy50QjHaM

Danielle I have Facetimed my dogs too! Haha!I think they can probably see us they are just brats and don't want to show their excitement!

This video is so adorable! this is how my dogs react when we FT my dad when he is working out of town but they never react to me that strongly so maybe they pick and choose who they go crazy over?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjRy50QjHaM

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