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Are Dogs Color-Blind?

Are Dogs Color-Blind? | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Do dogs have the same color vision as humans? This science project will explore the color vision of dogs and whether they can differentiate between blue and yellow.


The hypothesis is that dogs are able to differentiate between blue and yellow colors.

Method & Materials

You will train five different breeds of dogs for two weeks, then test them by placing two boxes of different colors in front of them and seeing which one they choose.
You will need five plastic balls, five plastic dog bones, five breeds of dogs with their owners or trainers, four boxes of the same size wrapped in blue, yellow, red, and green color papers, one box of dog snacks, and one spray can of air refresher.


The results of the experiment showed that the dogs were able to differentiate between the blue and yellow boxes, but not between the red and green boxes. On average, the dogs chose the correct box 82% of the time for the blue and yellow boxes, and 46% of the time for the red and green boxes.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it explores the color vision of dogs and whether they can differentiate between colors, which is something that has been debated for a long time.

Also Consider

Variations of this experiment could include repeating it with different breeds of dogs, or using different combinations of colored boxes.

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Check out this student's science project to find out if dogs see color! I wonder if this experiment could be improved by training the dog for a longer time on the blue cup with treats. In the 2nd part of the experiment, the dog may have gone to the other colored cups because he didn't find treats in the blue cup!
Watch this video summarizing the colors dogs can see. What other experiments can you conduct to test these discoveries with your dog?
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