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Can Dogs See Colors?

May 21st 2015 at 1:06 AM

Dogs can see colors but they perceive it in a different manner as that of humans. Many people believed dogs to be colorblind however several studies have pinpointed color-sensitive cones that abound in the retinas of dogs; these structures make it possible to see different colors.

Canines have fewer retinal cones than humans, thus they are not able to see as many colors as we can. The lack of cones also means the colors that dogs see are not as rich and vibrant.

Dogs possess a dichromatic vision since they have only two of the three types of cone cells present in the retina that has the ability to capture light. With fewer retinal cones, dogs can still see colors but not the full range of the color spectrum. They cannot distinguish between the colors green, yellow and orange; these colors appear yellowish to them. Dogs see red as brownish gray or black, and violet as blue. Click here to know more about your pet's needs and set an appointment with a veterinarian.

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