Are Our Pups Really Color Blind Or Are We Missing Something?

Are Our Pups Really Color Blind Or Are We Missing Something?

It’s a pretty common misconception that pups can’t see color at all and live in a world of black and white.

It’s sad to think of a fur ball living in a world where his bright red ball appears as a sad dark grey and the big inflatable pool’s blue only appears as white. Luckily, this isn’t exactly the case! It’s actually recent research that has discovered that pups can, in fact, see in color. Up till the 1990s, it was well-accepted knowledge that fur balls saw the world in monochrome, but thanks to modern technology, we know that this isn’t a fact! However, pups can’t see all the same colors that we can. How does that work?

To better understand this, let’s talk about cones. Cones are color-sensitive components present in the retina that enable color vision. Humans with ordinary eyesight and color vision have three cones. But pups have two! This means that there are certain colors and shades that can’t be detected by fur balls, but their world is far from black and white. Ultimately, pups can see colors the same way a person with red-green colorblindness does.

On the other hand, pups actually have a sharper sense of some aspects of sight than their Mommies and Daddies! This is because of the other components in the retina known as rods, which fur balls have more of than humans do. That gives them better night vision and motion detection – and now that you think about it, that probably explains a lot of your fur ball’s night time activities, and his reaction to fast-moving objects!

So don’t fret! Your pup is able to enjoy seeing some colors of the world just fine. Trust me, I’m blue-yellow colorblind myself, and everything still looks beautiful to me! Don’t forget to share!

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