Labradors are one of the most popular breeds in the world. They have been bred since ancient times. Labradors are very intelligent and loyal pets. A good companion for your family or even a pet for yourself, they make great companions too! Dogs have been used in many different ways throughout history such as hunting, guarding livestock, working with tools etc… But there is another use which is much less known: their ability to see color!
When it comes to canine vision, they are among the best. Their superior visual acuity makes them excellent hunters and guards, but they also excel at other tasks. When it comes to human vision, however, the average person’s field of view is limited to two-thirds of the visible spectrum (red through green).
That means that only about 25% of all light wavelengths reach our eyes. Humans cannot distinguish between blue and purple because these colors appear similar to us. Most animals can’t either, but some can do so well enough that they’re able to tell the difference between shades of gray. For example, a wolf can easily differentiate between black and white, while a deer has no problem distinguishing between dark brown and light tan.
Dogs’ superior vision allows them to perceive color better than any other animal on earth. This includes shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Humans can’t perceive this accurately and only see these colors as black, brown, white or grey, respectively.
Dogs also have an increased field of peripheral vision of about 220 degrees, compared to the human’s range of 160 degrees. They also have a greater ability to detect motion at a much greater distance than humans.
What this all means is that dogs can see more colors and have a greater ability to detect movement. Dogs can also differentiate between these colors much better than humans can, which means that they can see subtle differences where we would see the same tone. So if you’re trying to hide from your dog and he’s not looking directly at you, but rather off to the side, he may still be able to see you if he can see better in that direction!
Sources & references used in this article:
- How dogs think: Understanding the canine mind (S Coren – 2005 – books.google.com)
- Virtuous Dogs and a Unicorn: An Interview with Iris Murdoch (J Brans, I Murdoch – Southwest review, 1985 – JSTOR)
- How Smart is Your Dog?: 30 Fun Science Activities with Your Pet (C Millan, MJ Peltier – 2006 – Harmony)
- Inside of a dog: What dogs see, smell, and know (JM Masson – 1998 – Broadway Books)