Since you probably came here to learn a few things that you didn’t already know about dogs, let’s get started with some amazing facts about dogs that may surprise you! Without further ado:
#1 – Dogs Are NOT Color Blind
Contrary to popular belief, dogs are actually not color blind. Most people think that dogs are color blind, because, well, that’s what we have always been told. I can remember being told this as a child, and I believed it until I learned the truth. Dogs can actually see in color, but they do not see colors as vividly as most people do. If you want an idea of how well dogs see in color, take a look around outside when the sun goes down.
#2 – Dogs May Not Mate Like Rabbits, BUT . . .
A single, solitary female dog paired with a male mate and any puppies that they may have can produce over 66,000 more dogs over the course of six years. This is really a shocking number for most people. This is why it is so important to have your pet spayed or neutered, because there are already so many dogs that don’t have loving homes. Don’t contribute to the homeless pets in society, get your dog fixed as soon as they hit an appropriate age.
#3 – Dogs Don’t Sweat, Much . . .
Did you know that a dog’s only sweat glands are located between their paw pads? Dogs don’t sweat, which is why you notice them with their tongue hanging out of their mouth if they are hot. While humans sweat to cool off, dogs do it with their tongues. Pretty cool, huh?
#4 – Having a Pet is More Common than Not Having a Pet
Studies have shown that over 60% of American households have a pet (70 million pet dogs in the U.S. and 74.1 million pet cats) – (source). That means that less than 40% of households don’t have a pet. That must mean that having a pet is more common than not having a pet. If you don’t have a dog already, then it’s time to jump on the bandwagon! They are a lot of fun, and the relationship you build with them is mutually rewarding.
#5 – Second Hand Smoke Affects Dogs
While this should be common sense, you wouldn’t believe the number of people that aren’t aware that secondhand smoke can be bad for dogs. Dogs can actually face many of the same health risks that humans face when they are exposed to cigarette smoke. The problems that they often have include respiratory complications, allergies, and certain types of cancers. It is always best to NOT smoke around your pup!
#6 – Thunderstorms Can Cause Pain, Not Just Fear
Do you ever notice that your pup seems just a bit frightened when a storm is on it’s way? If so, then you may have just chocked it up to them being afraid of the thunder. That isn’t actually the case always. Thunderstorms produce sounds that actually hurt a dog’s ears. Sometimes, the way that they act when a storm is coming is due to pain, not just the fact that they are afraid (although dogs can, and usually are, afraid of storms).
#7 – Dogs Have a Unique Nose Print
So, humans are often identified using their fingerprint, and well, dogs don’t have fingers, and their paws are not unique. A dog’s nose print is just as unique as a human’s fingerprint. This is great for facial recognition technology software, and the possibilities when it comes to finding lost pets! In fact, there are already apps out there that can help to use facial recognition for your pup, and chances are it has something to do with their nose print, along with other markings that make them unique.
#8 – A Dog’s Sense of Smell is 1000x more Sensitive Than a Human’s
Say what?? Yes, it’s true! A dog actually has the keenest sense of smell. It is said that a dog’s sense of smell is over 1000 times more sensitive than the average human’s sense of smell. This is why dogs are often used to sniff out things like drugs, bedbugs, and much more. They are also said to be able to sniff out cancer and certain medical conditions.
#9 – Dogs Understand an Average of 150 – 250 Words
While 150 or 200 words may seem like a lot for your dog to understand, dogs are very smart animals. They can pick up on words and learn what they mean, and what is associated with them. A typical dog is about as smart as a 2 year old toddler. While some of the smarter breeds, like the Labrador, will learn around 250 words total, most dogs of average intelligence can understand around 150. Talk to your dog more, they understand more than you realize!
#10 – Chasing Their Tail isn’t Always ‘Just a Habit’
Some dogs actually chase their tail because it is instinctive for them! In years past, dogs that lived in the wild would have to make beds in tall grassy areas so that they could rest. By chasing their tail, the circular motion would help to flatten the grass and make a soft place for them to sleep. So, even though your dog may just have a nice, cozy bed, sometimes chasing their tail may just be an instinctive behavior.
As you can see, there are lots of things that you may not have known about dogs. If you knew some of this, then you really know dogs! If this was new to you, look for other interesting, fun facts about dogs that may surprise you as well. This is just the tip of the iceberg!
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