It is true that many people think of their dogs as part of the family. We all love our dogs and wouldn’t know what to do without them. Dogs are so smart and can not only hear better than us but they can smell things better than we can too. This is why they are good guides. In fact, according to Cesar.com, a German Shepherd guide dog once led her blind owner all 2,100 miles through the end of the Appalachian Trail. How cool is that? Here are more amazing facts about dogs you might not have heard of before.
Dogs can see in color
Many people think that dogs only see in black and white but this is a myth. Dogs do see in color. However, it is believed that they only see in some shades of gray, blue, yellow, and greenish-yellow.
Dogs have a way better sense of smell than we do
Their sense of smell is so much better than humans that they can smell between 10,000 and 100,000 times better than we can. Wow!
Dogs can also hear better than we can
Did you hear that? Bet you didn’t but your dog sure did. Sound is measured by Hertz or Hz and we humans can hear at 2,000 Hz while man’s best friend can hear at 8,000 Hz.
The world’s smartest dogs
The world’s smartest dogs include first the border collie, second the poodle, and third the golden retriever.
The dumbest dog in the world
Since the world’s smartest dogs have been named, can’t go without naming the world’s dumbest dog and that would be the Afghan hound.
A dog that can’t bark?
Wow! Didn’t know there was a dog that actually can’t bark but there is. The only dog in the world that can’t bark at all is an African wolf hound called the basenji.
World’s smallest and heaviest dogs
The world’s smallest dog breed is the Chihuahua and the heaviest dog breed is the St. Bernard. This isn’t surprising at all, actually.
Why do dogs do that?
Have you ever wondered why dogs kick their hind legs after relieving themselves? It is because this is their way of marking their territory even more and spreading it farther.
Why do dogs curl up in balls when sleeping?
Ever wonder why dogs curl up in a ball when they are sleeping? It isn’t just to look so cute but because it is a natural instinct for them to cover their abdomens and their vital organs while sleeping. It also keeps them warm.
Their taste buds aren’t as good as ours
Up until now, were you thinking that dogs were somehow better than us with their super doggy sense of smell and their super hearing? Well, we have something better than they do and that is we have more taste buds. Humans have 9,000 taste buds, dogs have 1,700 taste buds, and cats only have 473. Poor cats!
Dogs can predict the weather
If your dog stars acting funny, maybe you should grab that umbrella before walking out the door. This is because it is believed that dogs can predict when a storm is coming.
Dogs do sweat but they don’t sweat everywhere like we humans do. In fact, they sweat only through the pads of their paws.
Does your dog sleep with you?
Do you allow your dog or dogs to sleep with you? A lot of dog owners say they do. In fact, about 45 percent of dog owners say their dogs sleep in their bed with them. Wonder if they hog the blankets too?
Dogs have three eyelids
Wow! Did you know that dogs have three different eyelids? Yes, they do! In fact, they have one upper lid, one lower lid, and their third eyelid is actually called a nictitating membrane or otherwise called, “haw” which helps protect their eyes and keep them moist.
All dogs are equal
All dogs have the same amount of bones in their body and the same amount of teeth. They have 42 permanent teeth and 321 bones.
They can’t see until they get a little older
Although they have better hearing and a sense of smell than us, their vision doesn’t start forming normally for them until they are at least one month old.
The first Hollywood dog
Rin-Tin-Tin was the first Hollywood doggy star. He even signed all 22 of his movie contracts with his paw print.
Dogs really are part of the family
Not only do most dog owners let their dogs sleep in the same bed with them but they also sign their dog’s name on their greeting cards and holiday cards that they give to friends and family. How cute is that?
Something cool Paul McCartney did for his dog
At the end of the Beatles song. “A Day in the Life,” Paul McCartney had a high pitched whistle recorded just for his sheepdog. How sweet is that?
Dogs have been our pets for a long time
Humans have been keeping dogs as pets for 12,000 years. In fact, the caveman started domesticating dogs as pets.