The concept of viewing the world through the eyes of a dog is definitely an interesting one and knowing what your pup sees is a great way to change your perspective. While there is a common notion that our dogs are color blind animals who can only view the world through certain shades, we are here to shatter this misconception once and for all and eliminate the myths.
A dog does not view the world through a monochrome lens. The term color blind is typically applied to dogs’ eyesight, but in reality? This is a complete and total misinterpretation of the facts. They are able to see colors just as well as we can and they also have the ability to perceive their surroundings in a useful way. They see in a manner that is similar to humans who have a red/green color blindness.
This means that dogs may struggle to make a proper differentiation between certain tones, but it does not mean that they are completely color blind. This inability to tell the difference between certain shades is probably where the “dogs are color blind” myth is derived from. Their different view of the world around them does not make them color blind and this is important to remember.
While most of us grew up being told that a dog was unable to see anything except for black and white, the reality is that the only color a dog will struggle to see is the color green. They can see all of the blues and reds that we do and while some may worry about their ability to frolic outdoors, the muted shades of green that they see are actually beneficial.
A human sees colors in a slightly different way because we possess three unique photoreceptor cells that perceive them and while a dog only possesses two, this is for a very good reason. Their vision allows them to spot prey and predators more easily and also allows them to co-exist inside of our homes without incident. The limitations of their vision serve as a useful filter that makes objects appear to be bolder and more well defined.
Not only that, but a dog also has a greater ability to detect motion than their human counterparts. Their night vision is also far superior to our own. Think of the dog’s vision as an Instagram gingham filter. A dog does not require the same visual acuity as a human and their wiring gives them the chance to see the world just fine, thank you very much.