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in General Factchecking by Apprentice (1.1k points)
by Apprentice (1.0k points)
For many years, the answer was yes. Dog’s are kind of the same as humans since they have rods and cones. According to PetKeen,“Rods are used to detect motion and light. Cones are used to distinguish between colors”. For dogs, dichromatic vision allows dogs to see colors like green and yellow.

https://petkeen.com/do-dogs-see-black-and-white/
by (140 points)
Going over the article, dogs can actually see color. They just have less cones so they're not able to see the full color spectrum like humans do. They do have more rods letting them see better shades of black and white which helps in the dark.
by (160 points)
This is a false statement dogs can see more than just black and white, while their sight color spectrum is limited they can see a collection of grey, brown, yellow, and blue. During the season they have limited sight colors because dogs only have 2 types of cones which is 20 percent of the cones human eyes have. With the 2 cones, they also struggle to see different hues of the same color. There is more information on this topic at the Purina online site.

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+1 vote
by Newbie (200 points)
This claim is false.

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/can-dogs-see-color/

Dogs have limited color-seeing abilities in comparison to humans, but they can still see color, specifically blues and yellows. In the article I linked from the American Kennel Club, there is also a link to study done by a scientist that proves this.
False
+1 vote
by (180 points)
This is False.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the misconception about dogs solely seeing in black and white can be traced back to Will Judy. She's a prominent figure in the dog community and former publisher of Dog Week magazine. In his 1937 manual, "Training the Dog," Judy speculated, "It’s likely that all the external world appears to them as varying highlights of black and gray." However, dogs do possess a more limited color vision compared to humans.

Dogster, a reputable source, elaborates on this topic. Their article explains that dogs have dichromatic vision, meaning they possess only two types of cones in their eyes, sensitive to blue and yellow light. While dogs can perceive colors, their interpretation is subdued compared to humans. Notably, dogs struggle to process red light, which hinders their ability to differentiate certain colors. This limitation particularly affects shades of red and green, presenting challenges in distinguishing between them.

American Kennel Club (AKC) - https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/can-dogs-see-color/

Dogster - https://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/do-dogs-see-black-and-white
False
by Genius (41.9k points)
Good work putting together a thorough fact-check with multiple sources. Also, mentioning your source in-text is very helpful. Thanks!
+1 vote
by Newbie (240 points)
This is not true.

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/can-dogs-see-color/

According to the American Kennel Club, "new research and conclusions about canine anatomy and behavior have shown that while dogs can’t see the same colors humans do, dogs can still see some colors." This was a big misconception in past years, however research shows that they do have a color spectrum.
by Genius (41.9k points)
Nice work mentioning your source in-text and providing a hyperlink! Don't forget to add a rating next time (true, false, N/A, etc.). Thanks!
+1 vote
by Newbie (240 points)
Although many people claimed that dogs could only see black and white that assumption is false. It is said, "Dogs can see certain colors, but not as well as we do." Claimed that dogs do have a level of colorblindness it does not mean they are fully removed from all colors.
False
by Genius (41.9k points)
Source? Link to source?
+1 vote
by Newbie (240 points)
While dogs are colorblind, they can see more than just black and white. Dogs have different cones in their eyes than humans which limits them to seeing blue, yellow, and shades of gray. However, their eyes prevent them from seeing green and red.

https://www.forbes.com/advisor/pet-insurance/pet-care/what-colors-do-dogs-see/#:~:text=All%20dogs%20are%20born%20technically,their%20eyes%2C%20compared%20to%20humans.
+1 vote
by Novice (540 points)
This is false.

After doing further research I found that this statement is a myth that has been going around for centuries. It is true that dogs see a different color pallet then humans but overall, dogs can see colors.

Here is a link for more information:

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/can-dogs-see-color/
False
+1 vote
by Newbie (200 points)
This has been proven false by reliable sources, such as the American Kennel Club and websites for veterinary offices. This has been a longstanding myth, but dogs can see limited colors.
by Genius (41.9k points)
What sources have proven it false?

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