Can Your Dachshund See Color?

If you’ve ever wondered if your Dachshund can see color, the short answer is yes, but…
Dogs are red-green color blind. Dogs cannot see red and green colors like we can.

The colors that Dachshunds and other dogs can see are yellow and blue.

Dogs are also very good at seeing shades of gray (much better than we can).

 
Here’s a color-chart showing what colors dogs can see versus humans:
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So, dogs do see in color, sort of, but have “two-color (dichromatic) vision”.

Dogs cannot distinguish between red, orange, yellow or green. Those colors mostly just like one shade of yellow to them.

Dogs can see various shades of blue and can differentiate closely between shades of grey – much better than humans (great for seeing in dim light conditions).

Technically, a dogs eye has two ‘cone’ types (light sensitive cells) rather than three that a human eye has.

 
On the left is the image that we would see. On the right is what the dog would see:
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Related: How Far Can A Dog See?

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5 Comments

  1. That is amazing!! I’ve always wondered!

  2. Lynne Schultz says:

    How far can a dachshund see?

    1. Dogs have 20:80 vision, which is worse than humans for acuity.

      What we can see clearly at 80 feet, a dog can only see clearly when it is within 20 feet.

  3. Michelle Dixon says:

    Ahh! the poor things, I feel sorry for them that they are missing out on so much lovely coloured things in the world. I was making a snake toy for mine, I have 2 but with one being nearl 15years old he just prefers to sleep, eat and poo but doesnt like walking. He is in a lot of pain. Well I put lots of bright colours in including red and green!

    It was going to be a crocheted blanket but I still have not mastered straight sides, and so I decided to carry on with lots of colours put rope inside and big squeekers, face etc.I feel sad for them not able to see colours like we do. Have you two got dogs/Dachshunds?

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