Are Dogs Colorblind?

Dogs, in fact, are not colorblind. They just see colors differently than humans do.

Where did the idea came from

Have you ever wondered whether or not your dog can see colors? A common ideology held about dogs everywhere is that they are colorblind and can only see in black and white. This claim was introduced by Will Judy, the founder of National Dog Week in 1937. Although Will Judy knew a lot about dogs, she was partly wrong about her claim that dogs are colorblind.

After conducting some studies with canines, a scientist named Jay Neitz found that dogs can see colors, just in different ways than humans do. The most similar comparison to the way dogs see would be to a person who possesses red and green colorblindness. This means that when your dog sees, they tend to see different colors than we do. Orange is seen as a yellowish color. They also often see green as white, and red as a brownish black color. But why is this?

What made dogs this way

Going back to the days of their undomesticated ancestors, dogs only saw colors that were particularly important to them. Over time, evolution took control of this and picked the dogs who could see the colors of important predators and prey. Seeing green as white allowed them to distinguish other animals from the grass and trees in pastures and forests.



So, your dog can see certain colors. Not to mention they are part of a bloodline that stepped onto the right side of evolution.