We as dog owners have the need to understand our furry companions. The question every one of us has asked themselves at least once is: How do dogs see the world? Their perspective can be so confusing to us. The things that make them happy, and the things that scare them are so much different from the things that cause the same emotions in us.
We’ll try to answer this quite demanding question from a scientific point of view. Read on to find out how the world looks throughout the eyes of your canine.
How do dogs see the World?
Even though our dogs have the same senses we do (sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste), their senses have a completely different level of importance to them.
Senses are ranked differently in the world of dogs, and even though sight might be the most important sense to humans, it’s a bit different when it comes to canines. Compared to humans, dogs have much poorer vision, but they do have a much better smelling and hearing ability. If you feel that your dog’s eyesight is getting worse and worse, contact your vet. You can read the possible reasons for that here.
Dogs don’t rely exclusively on their vision, and don’t believe everything they see. Instead they have a bigger trust in what they can smell and what they can hear.
Smell is especially important for dogs, and just like humans sometimes can identify a person by their signature scent, dogs can learn much more about someone or something by their smell, then by just looking at them.
So it’s not just about how do dogs see the world, but how they smell and hear the world as well.
How good or bad is the eyesight of our dogs?
Like we already stated, our dogs eyesights aren’t the best. Their vision is quite hazy and they usually don’t recognize us from a distance. At least not visually, but their impressive sense of smell allows them to smell us from far away. You can read a detailed explanation of their vision here.
What colors can our dogs see?
In addition to this, dogs also can’t see certain colors. It was widely believed that dogs see the world in black and white, but that’s not true. Dogs struggle to distinguish between certain colors. It’s especially hard for them to see green and red.
Dogs have a similar vision to color-blind people. Color-blindness doesn’t mean that a person doesn’t see any colors at all, but instead doesn’t see some certain colors. Most people with color blindness have a vision that is trichromatic (three-color variations). People who can’t see red and green are dichromatic (two color variations).
The retina of our dogs can distinguish two colors: blue-violet and yellow. They are also able to differentiate between shades of grey. They are unable to recognize green, orange and red. Instead of these colors, dogs see different shades of grey.
Having this in mind, next time when your dog can’t find the red ball that you threw on a green lawn – remember that it isn’t their fault. While they very vividly see blues and yellow, the world they see is still a bit less colorful than yours. But you definitely don’t have to feel bad for your dog because of this. What they lack in vision, they make up for in sense of smell. Their noses are 100 million times more sensitive than yours.