I think that one of the most often asked questions and dilemmas of dogs are can they discern colors. Of course I also inquired about it, wanting to know can my Pekingese dog sees me and the world around in color or not. I have long believed that she saw no color at all, because I heard or read somewhere that cats can discern colors but dogs don’t. If she cannot see the color, she does not see the world as I see it. The thought of it I was a bit sad. I knew that my female Pekingese dog as all the other dogs rely on other senses that are more sensitive than ours, and thus compensate lack of ability to see colors.
Much later I heard that there are some researches on this topic however, that dogs see color but not as much as we see them. The structure of the dog eye is different in structure namely; dog eye has a smaller number of cells that are able to perceive colors than man, so than dogs see color in milder tones.
As scientists who worked on those researches say, dogs see two different colors: blue-purple and yellow. They can detect shades of gray; however, they have problems with a spectrum of colors from red to green. I noticed that my dog at least discern a different shades. Once I changed her food bowl that was a different color than the last one, she didn’t want to eat food out of it although that is a food she gladly ate before.
Dogs see better in the dark, because their retina consists of rod cells sensitive to shades of gray and compared with humans which are made up mostly of cone cells, who better discern colors. Pekingese dogs as other dogs have less ability to see well the object and see dimly compared to a man who sees the same object clearly, from the same distance.
We cannot expect our dogs to recognize us on a large distance; they can do that only if we do move which characterized us and that is well-known or by smell. I noticed that especially when my female Pekingese dog went to older age. Then I just saw on my personal example how much more time she needed to recognize me, than she needed when she was younger and far more obvious was how much more she relies on other senses.
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