Check around the house, how many dog toys can you find? It is possible your dog can’t find them either. Because of that, here is why red cannot be your dog’s favorite color.
Dogs Don’t Like The Color Red!
Let’s displace a myth right off the bat; dogs are not colorblind. “Contrary to popular belief, dogs can see color, too,” says Dr. Shelby Reinstein, a veterinary ophthalmologist at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Pennsylvania.
Dogs see color but not like you and me. And yes, you’re right, it is not that your dog doesn’t like the color red, he just can’t see it. Plain and simple, your dog has a unique view of the world we live in. Take a look.
How Do Dogs See The World?
Vision in most organisms is made possible by the teamwork of cone cells, rod cells, and ganglion cells, as shared by Dale in the video. Rods register light and dark while cones register color and our ability to see it.
The human eye hosts 6,000,000 cone receptors and about 120,000,000 rod receptors. In comparison, a dog only has 1,200,000 cone receptors in the back of the eye, about 20% that of humans. And though we do not know the exact about of rod receptors a dog has, we do know his eyes are five times more sensitive to light than humans –that’s a huge difference.
So what determines your dog’s favorite color? Be sure to watch the video for more details.
Your Dog’s Favorite Color
Dog’s don’t have favorite colors, but we do know what colors they can see. Unfortunately, red is not one of those colors. (You’re probably thinking of all those red toys you bought –umm, yeah, he can’t see it!)
Don’t get discouraged though, because even without being able to interpret every hue of color, a dog’s playday isn’t all that different from yours—especially if you have a certain form of color blindness.
“Dog color vision is quite similar to a person who has red-green color blindness,” explains Reinstein. “Dogs see shades of blue, yellow and green, which when combined, can be perceived as grayish brown, dark yellow, light yellow, grayish yellow, light blue and dark blue. This probably explains why dogs love chasing a bright yellow tennis ball on the green grass under the blue sky.”
I’m interested in knowing how many red dog items you have in your home. Share in the comments.
Are you suffering from this as a rescue dog owner?