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25 Interesting Dog Facts

25 Interesting Dog Facts

by Oh Tiny Heart Family January 30, 2017 0 Comments

1. The reason most dogs hesitate before heading out into the rain isn't because they're afraid of getting wet. Rain amplifies sound, and the ears of man's best friend are so sensitive that it can be incredibly intense! Give them a second to get used to it before sending Super-dog out into the wet beyond. 

2. Humans and dogs are the only two species on earth who seek visual cues before taking action from the eyes of another living thing. And dogs only do this with humans! They don't even do this with their actual dog parents.


3. When a dog sees its owner, its brain secretes the same chemicals ours do when we're in love.

4. The average dog is as intelligent as a two year old child and can learn up to 250 words! ... The average dog. ;)

5. While Mylo might be as smart as a two year old, at only 12 months, a dog is as physically mature as a 15 year old human! Enjoy their tumbling clumsiness while you can because it only lasts about 5 months before they're physically agile.

6. Unlike other domesticated animals, dogs run to their owners when they are scared or worried. Horses and cats, for example, do not do this. And thank goodness, because being trampled by hooves or clawed by climbing felines does not sound fun.

7. Rubbing your dog's ears send happy nerve impulses to pituitary glands that secrete endorphins, the same feel-good chemicals that we experience after a workout high.

8. Sure, you might own your dog, but did you know that dogs think you belong to them too? This is why dogs can act possessive with their owners and tend to "mark their territory" around anything they see as a threat.

9. The first guide dogs for the blind or visually impaired were first trained in Germany to provide assistance to those blinded by war. German Shepherds were used because of their protective and strong sense of loyalty to their owner.

10. 45% of pets sleep in bed with their owners. ... And soak up all the room, making it impossible for us to turn or lay comfortably. Totally worth it, though.

11. An adult dog has 42 teeth. Humans only have 32!

12. The idea that dogs can't see color is a myth! It was recently dispelled. Dogs do see in color, but they can only see blue and green, not red and yellow.

13. Greyhounds, famous dogs bred for their speed, can reach up to 45 miles per hour at a full run.

14. Dog whiskers are so sensitive that they can sense minuscule changes in air-flow. They are found above the eyes, below the jaws, and on a dog's muzzle.

15. Dogs don't sweat by salivating (contrary to popular belief). They actually sweat through the pads of their feet!

16. If a dog isn’t spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their offspring can product 67,000 dogs in 6 years. Whoa.

17. Looking for a dog that never barks? The Basenji is the only bark-less dog in the world.

18. Dogs’ eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark. No wonder we're always tripping over things at night while Mylo seems to navigate the room like a spy seasoned in espionage.

19. Dog noses secrete a thin layer of mucous that helps them absorb scent. They lick their noses often to sample the scent through their mouths.

20. If a dog sleeps on his back when he's with you, it means he feels comfortable and safe. Domesticated dogs are the only canines known to do this. Wild dogs sleep curled in a ball to protect their "soft parts" from predators.

21. The most dogs ever owned numbered over 5,000. The lucky owner was Kublai Khan, the grandson of Ghengis Khan who conquered China in the year 1260.

22. Actually, dog trainers in ancient China were held in very high esteem! They were often found breeding animals into miniaturization.

23. How's this for a strange dog law? In Palding, Ohio, police officers are legally allowed to bite a dog to keep it quiet.

24. Did you know? Dogs with sharp, pointed faces like wolves typically live longer (yay!), while dogs with flat faces like bulldogs or pugs often live shorter lives. :(

25. French poodles actually originated in Germany! And French fries are delicious. It's true.

Phew! How many of these did you know? What was new?

Oh Tiny Heart Family
Oh Tiny Heart Family