Can Dogs See Color?

Are dogs color blind?

The answer is a little bit complicated. “Dogs can see color,” says Zay Satchu, DVM, Chief Veterinary Officer of Bond Vet. “Both humans and animals have different types of cells in the back of their eyeballs—called rods and cones—that help them see.

What colors can dogs see?

They may not be able to see the whole rainbow, but it seems that your pooch can see a couple of colors really well: blue and yellow. “Most dogs can’t see much of red or green at all,” explains Dr. Satchu.

What does a dog’s vision look like?

According to PetMD, dogs have visual acuity of around 20/75. Normal human vision is considered to be 20/20, so dogs have to be 20 feet away to see an object as clearly as a human can see it from 75 feet.

Most dogs have pretty blurry vision—if they were human, they’d need glasses to see faraway objects.

However, Labrador Retrievers have better eyesight than most dogs. It’s closer to 20/20, which is why they’re often used as service dogs

Dogs may have fewer cones for seeing color than humans do, but they have many more rods in their retina than we do, which makes them much better at seeing movement—essential for a hunting animal. In fact, dogs can see moving objects much more clearly than they can stationary objects, and their motion sensitivity is up to 10-20 times greater than ours.