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One often hears about the Beagles phenomenal sense of smell, but have you ever asked yourself what your Beagle sees?
Their eye-sight must be better than ours right? I mean some are used as seeing eye dogs. This seems to make sense, doesn't it?
As a matter of fact, it might surprise you what dogs do see.
A guy running a little late arrives at the theater and buys a ticket to watch the movie that's already started. As his eyes adjust to the darkness, he's amazed to see a Beagle sitting beside its owner in the row ahead, intently watching the movie.
The dog seemed to be enjoying the movie: wagging his tail in the happy bits, drooping its ears at the sad bits, and hiding its eyes with its paws at the scary bits.
After the movie, the man approaches the Beagles owner, "Holy Smoke, your dog really seemed to enjoy the movie. I'm amazed!" "Yes, I'm quite surprised as well," came the reply. "He hated the book."
The Way A Beagles Vision is Better Ours
Dogs pick up on movement far better than we do. They depend on motion to show if what they smell is really there.Your Beagle will notice something really small and beyond our field of vision long before you will. If you have ever been curious about how your Beagle can pick up a moth in the room. She will give chase before you are even aware it's there, that's why.
Or how the dog knows something is there even when the lights are off in the house? That's because your Beagle can see in far dimmer light than you can.
Vets used to believe that dogs saw only in black and white. Recent studies indicate that they do have some color vision— however, it's not as bright as that of humans.
Dogs have only 20% of the cone photo receptor cells ( part of the eye that controls the perception of color) that we humans have. So, dogs are widely believed to be color blind while humans are less able to see in the dark.
How Your Eyes Might Be Better Than Your Beagles
Your Beagle does not see the colors of the rainbow as we do. Violet, blue, blue-green, green, yellow, orange and red, is dark blue, light blue, grey, light yellow, darker yellow, and very dark grey.
In simple terms,, this means dogs see the colors of the world as basically yellow, blue and grey. The colors green, yellow and orange look yellowish to a dog, and violet and blue appear as blue. Something we see as blue-green will appear grey to a dog.
Your dogs visual acuity is a great deal lower than yours. This means is that the dog lacks the ability to make out the shape of objects. An inanimate object that you see your dog will not make out.
What does this mean?
It means that your Beagle couldn't apply for a driver's license in most states.
Before You Start Feeling Sorry For Your Beagle
Your dog might not see the same way that you do but this doesn't mean that the he or she has poor vision.
The Beagles ancestors and cousins, the wolves, do most of their hunting at night. The ability to see moving objects in the dark is essential for a hunter. The Beagles binocular vision enhances the ability to hunt.
Your Beagle can judge whether prey is ten feet away or 50 or perhaps even further.
And it isn't really necessary for them to see a full spectrum of colors. You may love taking in all the colors of the rainbow while Beagles love lifting her heads and smelling what they cannot see.
One Last Thing
"I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts." John Steinbeck
What Beagles lacks in vision, they more than make up for in their ability to smell and hear. Your Beagles olfactory senses are said to be up to 100 million times greater than yours.
Where hearing is concerned, your dogs no slouch either. With a frequency range between 40 Hz and 60,000 the dog can pick up sounds far lower and much higher than you can. They can do this from a much greater distance away.
So in many respects, your Beagles senses are far superior to our own.
What have you noticed about your dogs eyesight?