Dobermans & Eyesight [7 Things]

Dobermans & eyesight

Dogs possess the remarkable ability to hear, see, and sense things that humans cannot. Isn’t it fascinating to explore Dobermans and their eyesight capabilities?

It’s widely known that dogs have superior eyesight compared to most other creatures. In this article, we’ll examine seven things you need to know about Dobermans and their eyesight.

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Do Dobermans Have Good Eyesight?

In general, Dobermans tend to have about average eyesight compared to other dog breeds.

But, when we think about retriever family dogs like Labrador retriever, Golden retriever, Dobermans cannot even keep closer to these breeds regarding the eyesight.

But, don’t get me wrong. It is still way better more than most breeds.

Most dog owners, including Doberman, are curious to know whether these four-legged companions recognize and see the world from entirely different visual perspectives.

We need to go through the structure of dog’s eyes for a better understanding of their eyesight and how they see the world. Since it isn’t that much important, I moved it toward the end of this article.

In general, Dobermans have about average eyesight compared to other dog breeds. They find it easier to spot things in low light conditions as they have big pupils and a high amount of rods. But, Color vision is a bit bad due to the lack of cones. The eyesight distance for Dobermans is about 6m.

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Can Dobermans See At Night Or In The Dark?

One of the common misunderstandings most Doberman lovers or generally most dog owners have is that dogs become blind at night or cannot see in the dark.

Actually, there is no through involved with this understanding.

Here is the quick answer for this.

Dobermans cannot see in pitch darkness. However, they have a perfect night vision for low light conditions like dawn, moonlight, and dusk. Because dogs have various adoptions for low light conditions like they have larger pupils that can take more light, and the retina has more rods than humans do.

I think these people tend to feel like this because they expect that dogs can see things even in pitch black or, in other words, in complete darkness. That is how they come to such a judgment.

But, the truth most dog lovers should realize that there is no such thing. It’s a complete misunderstanding!

So, I would like to explain this from a scientific point of view.

It doesn’t matter what the creature is. It can be a dog or a human. If someone wants to see an object, light rays should fall on the object and reflect it into the eye.

What to take from this statement is that dogs, including your Doberman, cannot see in total darkness, which means they cannot see without a light source.

But, this light doesn’t need to be perfect! Having some level of light, for example, in moonlight, at dusk or dawn, your Dobie is capable of seeing things way better than you!

The main reason for that is dogs naturally have a significant amount of adaptions for low light vision than humans. In fact, they have a little bit larger pupil, which can grab more light.

When it comes to the center of the retina in a dog’s eye, it has more rods (rods are basically light-sensitive cells), which makes them capable of seeing things better in dim light.

Can Dobermans See Color?

Here we come to another big misconception that many people have: most people think dogs cannot see colors, and they see objects in black and white as we used to watch television back then.

But this statement is not true.

Here is the quick answer for this.

Dogs, including Dobermans, are not completely color blind. They have color vision up to some extent. Dogs find it difficult to distinguish between green and red as lack of cones inside the retina. Since dogs have only two types of color-sensitive cells, they can see only a small range of colors.

Forget about that popular myth, dogs including Dobermans, aren’t entirely colorblind.

Your Doberman see colors way differently from the way you do, and when it comes to color vision, they cannot surpass people.

Dogs can see several colors pretty much clear, but they find it difficult to distinguish between green and red. We know that the primary colors are RGB, which means Red, Green, Blue. Each color is created by combining these three primary colors.

When they find it difficult to distinguish between green and red, they have a poor vision of 2/3 of the primary colors, making them creatures that can see low-range color scenes.

Your Doberman’s retinas have low cones (the cones are basically color-sensitive cells in the retina). This “low amount” refers to that dogs have only two types of cones, giving them less able to see colors. (When it comes to humans, there are three types of cones that give us the ability to see the trichromatic color.)

How Far Can A Doberman see?

Well, I’m gonna surprise you now! Even though you might think that dogs can see long distances, a dog’s vision distance, including Doberman’s, is not that perfect even more than a human’s.

A Doberman can see about 40 meters on average for a general answer, but this image might be blurred.

Humans can see objects clearly about 23 meters away, while dogs, including Dobermans, can see objects clearly 6 meters away from them.

If you wonder your Dobie can recognize you even if you are more than 40 meters away, be aware that they are capable of doing that when combined all together super sense of smell your Doberman, sense of hearing.

Why Do Some Dobermans Become Blind?

If you wonder why some Dobermans go blind or their eyesight is impaired, this can happen due to 8 main reasons.

We can see three main types of blindness in Dobermans.

  1. Some Dobermans have a cloudy vision, one eye blindness, or some of them can see lights and shapes.
  2. Occasionally blindness happens.
  3. Some Dobermans cannot see anything whatsoever. (Even light)

It doesn’t matter what the type is; here are the main reasons why some Dobermans go blind.

  • Aging effects.
  • Diabetes.
  • Injury.
  • Infection.
  • SARDS circumstances.
  • Cataracts.
  • Due to an inherited disorder that can happen due to deterioration of the retina, for example, PRA circumstances.
  • Glaucoma

Apart from the above causes, some breeds tend to go blind due to genetic issues. Fortunately, Dobermans aren’t on that list. But, it’s necessary to figure out that your Doberman is purebred. (To understand that, go through the link)

If you are own a Doberman as a first time dog owner, you need to know these things literally.

How To Tell If Your Doberman Is Going Blind?

If you are very curious about the symptoms that may exhibit when a Doberman goes blind, good for your dog! Because you have enough time to treat this circumstance.

If we forget about possible injuries that can make your Doberman blind, dogs become blind gradually, and it take months or even years. This is the reason why we cannot figure out this circumstance early on.

Here are several signs that your Dobie will exhibit as he goes bling.

  • Think if it avoided eye contacted with you than it used to do several months ago.
  • Anxious behavior when going to another place.
  • Check if the eyes seem cloudy.
  • Fear of stairs. (We know that Dobermans are capable of climbing stairs.)
  • Check for white spots on the eyes.
  • Doesn’t like to jump to your couch or bed.
  • Refuses to play with you or some decrement.
  • Getting startled even for small things.
  • Always try to pawing at the face.
  • Don’t like to run. (We know that Dobermans are good running partners )

If you figured out one of these symptoms or several of them, be sure to chat with your veterinarian right away. However, being habituated to check your dog’s eyes on regular vet checkups is a good practice.

You know what, there are two excellent methods that you can efficiently perform at home to check if your dog goes blind. Personally, I’m in a habituate of doing these two methods for my dogs once every two weeks.

Here are those two methods.

  1. The cotton ball test.
  2. Menace reflex test.

The cotton ball test: You need to take a small cotton ball and stay around 2-3 feet away from the dog. Then hold it up within your Doberman’s visual field. After that, toss the cotton ball (before that, you need to take the dog’s attention toward the cotton ball) and examine its behavior. If the dog isn’t reacting, there should have a slight decrease in eyesight.

Menace reflex test: First, sit in front of your Doberman and keep your hand 17-19 inches away from the dog. The hand and the dog’s eyes should be the same height. Then quickly move the hand toward the dog’s eyes and stop it around three inches away from its eyes. If you cannot see any response from the dog, there should have a slight decrease in eyesight.

Things To Be Aware Of Dobermans & Eyesight.

Seems like now you have a good awareness about Dobermans and their eyesight. But, there are a handful of other things you wanna keep in mind.

  • Try to perform the cotton ball test and menace reflex test at least every two weeks.
  • Do not aim the phone flasher or touch lights on the dog’s face. Because some kids tend to have fun with this.
  • Create an appropriate diet with the help of consulting your vet.
  • Be extra careful when you rub soap on your dog’s face.
  • Don’t forget about eye infections.
  • Watch out for the symptoms of a dog that tends to go blind.
  • Supervise the dog as it plays outdoors in order to avoid face injuries.
  • Place hazardous things items out of the reach of dogs.
  • Don’t forget regular vet checkups.
  • Supervise your dog’s water intake. If you need to know how much water should a Doberman drink a day, simply go through the link.


Thanks for being a responsible dog owner! This article is a comprehensive guide to Dobermans and their eyesight. We discussed whether they have good eyesight (day and night), how far they can see, whether they are color blind, why some Dobermans go blind, and the symptoms. I hope you found this helpful. Have a nice day!

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