Do dogs see color? Everything to know

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Do dogs actually see colors or do they only see in black and white?

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It’s widely believed that dogs see the world in black and white, that they see no colors, but is this true or do dogs see color actually? Well, if you’ve ever wondered how the world looks from your dog’s perspective and how they see colors you’re in the right place! These are exactly the questions we’re going to answer today.

Do dogs see color?

The first thing we need to make clear is whether or not dogs see color. The answer is yes, dogs do see color, at least to some extend!

Also read: Do Dogs See In Black And White?


The dog’s eye (and human eye) is made up of specialized cells and receptors called rods and cones. These are responsible for detecting motion and aiding vision in varying shades of light, while cones help to differentiate color. People have three types of cones, while dogs have two. This means that people can normally identify three color combinations (red, blue, and green), while dogs are limited to two (yellow and blue). This means that dogs are “dichromatic”.

Put in simple words this means that your dog is very good at distinguishing between variations of blues and yellows, but cannot really see red and green.

Can dogs see color?
An illustration how your dog sees colors

Also read: Can Dogs See TV The Way We Do?

Ultraviolet vision

According to a study published in April 2014, your canine best friend actually sees in ultraviolet! It sounds crazy, I know! But the crazier part is that no one knows why, and they are not even the only ones! Dogs, cats, ferrets, hedgehogs, and okapi, are equipped with special lenses that make them UV sensitive, which allows them to detect a wider spectrum of wavelengths. But it’s still up to experts to find out why this is.


In conclusion, a few years ago it was believed that dogs could see only black and white. But now this theory has been debunked! The truth is your dog actually sees the world in shades of blue, yellow, green, and gray! It’s not only black and white.

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