How Do Dogs Perceive the Colors of a Pride Flag?

As June rolls around and rainbow flags proudly wave in celebration of Pride Month, it’s interesting to understand how our furry companions perceive these vibrant colors. Dogs, our loyal friends, experience the world differently from us, especially when it comes to vision.

Humans see a full spectrum of colors from red to violet, while dogs primarily see shades of blue and yellow. Colors like red and green are indistinguishable for them and appear as various shades of gray, brown, or dull yellow.

While dogs may not see the vibrant array of colors that we do, their world is still rich with sensory experiences. They rely heavily on their other senses, particularly their sense of smell, which is far superior to ours. The colors they do perceive are complemented by their acute ability to detect motion and their keen sense of hearing and smell.

When celebrating Pride Month with your dog, remember that while they may not see the rainbow of colors in the same way, they can still feel the love, joy, and energy of the celebrations. Whether you’re attending a pride parade or simply enjoying a colorful pride flag at home, your dog is sharing in the happiness of the moment with you.

Happy Pride Month to you and your furry friends!


The advice provided is based on many years of experience as dog parents and operators of one of the largest and longest established dog daycare and boarding facilities in the Twin Cities. Always consult your veterinarian. When not sharing advice, our dog bloggers — Frannie, Lyle, and Helen — share a space with their people, Downtown Dogs and Dog’s Day Out owner Ralph Bernstein and his wife, Abbe.