Are dogs colour blind?

Previous studies suggested that dogs could only see in black and white, but despite that being the common theory, it’s not actually true.

Dogs do see some colours, but not in the same way that we do. So you might ask…

What colours do dogs see?

Studies suggest that dogs do have some colour vision, and don’t see totally in black and white. The range of colours they see are nowhere near as broad as ours and not as bright & vivid, but they are there.

Dogs only have 20% of the cone photoreceptor cells, the part of the eye that allows us to translate the different colours around us.

Obviously, we can’t ask dogs what colours they see, so we rely on behavioural tests to find answers. These tests suggest that your pooch see’s blues and yellows, but struggles with greens and reds. So essentially your dog sees the whole world in blue, yellow and green, and we may well look more like The Simpsons than we thought!

Does this affect what coloured toys to buy them?

Dogs love playing with toys, but the colour of the toy really doesn’t matter. Dogs see the world through their senses, so easily recognise things based on their smells and sounds. A lot of dog toys come in red or orange. Your dog, however, can’t actually see red or orange so it will appear to them as a shade of maroon. So when you’re buying them a new toy, you don’t need to worry about the colour as it really has no effect at all.

Have you ever wondered why dogs often fail to catch toys in mid-air when you throw them?

Dogs vision is nowhere near as powerful as ours, with their visual accuracy being around the 20-40% mark. This means that objects that may seem clear to us, are actually a little blurred to them.

So when you throw their ball to them from a distance, they don’t actually see it until it’s very close, and often use the sound of the ball landing to determine where it is. They use motion sensing rather than visual sensing, an instinctive trait dating back to a time when dogs were wild animals when they used motion sensing to hunt.

What are good toys to buy your dog?

Have you ever wondered why a lot of dog toys squeak? Well it’s partly to do with your dogs poor sense of vision. And a lot to do with their heightened sense of hearing.

That’s what makes coloured tennis balls with a squeak a favourite for many dogs. Your furry friend can see them, hear them, and respond to them much easier. Colours like blue, grey or yellow are ideal and will help your dog to locate them in grass.

Avoid colours like orange and green, as they will appear yellow to your dog and make the toy harder to see. Chances are their ability to sense motion will help them locate it anyway, but this just makes their life, and your life far easier.

Will the colour of a dogs bed affect the way they sleep?

Certain designer dog beds come in bright and vibrant colours, but the question is, do they affect the dog? The answer, quite simply, is no.

With them not seeing colours as we do, they are not affected by any colour pattern, however bright and vibrant. It won’t affect their sleep as all they are really bothered about is the comfort of the bed itself, and where the dog bed is placed.

Do you need help adding some colour to your home?

Now you know that dogs aren’t affected by the colour of their bed, why not add some colour to your home? At Raised by Humans we have a collection of vibrant dog beds to brighten any room. Contact us today to find out more information.

By Raised By Humans