How well do you know dogs? In this article, you will read about amazing dog facts that will shock you! Get ready for this incredible journey!
Dogs are man’s best friend. That is why it is natural to feel fascinated every time you learn something new about this magnificent creature. This article will not disappoint as you will read some amazing dog facts that you probably didn’t know before!
Top 13 amazing dog facts
There are all sorts of amazing dog facts that can completely obliterate some of your pre-established notions. Here you have a top 13 of the most amazing dog facts.
A dog's nose print is his “fingerprint”
Perhaps you thought that all dog noses look the same. What you didn’t know is that they're actually as unique as a human fingerprint. There are creases and indentations in a dog's nose which can be used to identify them when needed.
Dogs noses can absorb scent chemicals
A dog’s nose is incredible which is why it is responsible for various amazing dog facts. Another interesting fact is the answer to why are dogs’ noses wet. A dog’s nose is wet to help him absorb scent chemicals! This is special because then he can lick his nose to taste the chemical thus helping him understand what the smell is.
Dogs don’t feel guilty
Scientists have proven that dogs can experience certain emotions like jealousy and happiness. But, what you don’t know is that they can’t feel guilty. They may look ashamed but they don’t experience this emotion. Researchers found that “puppy eyes” are not a sign of guilt.
There Are 339 Recognised Dog Breeds
According to The World Canine Organization, there are 339 dog breeds. How many breeds do you know? Next time you need a charades’ topic, try dog breeds!
The tallest dog in the world is 44 inches tall
The tallest dog in the world of all times (according to official records) was a Great Dane (Zeus). He measured 44 inches tall on October 4th 2011. Of course, he’s the current Guinness World Record holder.
Dog urine has the capacity to corrode metal
Dog’s urine has acids that can corrode the metal. In fact, in April 2003, Derbyshire County Council spent £75,000 in repairing one million lamp-posts affected by dog pee.
Dogs can see in colour
It wouldn’t be a surprise if you believed that dogs see in black and white. This is a common misconception. Nevertheless, scientists have discovered that dogs can see in colour but not in the range that humans can. Human eyes have 3 'cones' that detect colour. Your pet only has 2 cones. This means dogs can only see blue and yellow.
The Saluki is the oldest dog breed known to humans
In the Guinness World Record book, you will find that the oldest dog breed is the Saluki. This breed dates back to 329BC when they were royal pets in Ancient Egypt. Likewise, there are also carvings in Southern Iraq of a dog that looks similar to a Saluki which dates back to 7000BC.
Dogs can smell disease
Plenty of research have found that dogs have an incredible ability to recognise the smell of a range of organic compounds that point towards certain diseases. In other words, the canine sense of smell is so strong that they can actually diagnose cancer, diabetes and the early signs of an epileptic seizure.
Dogs are as smart as a 2-Year-Old Child
Your pet can understand between 165 and 250 words and gestures. This is roughly the same as a 2-year-old child. Nonetheless, there are some dog breeds like Border Collies, Poodles, and German Shepherds which can learn much more! Surely that figures among the most amazing dog facts you have ever read!
Dogs have three eyelids
Are you ready for more amazing dog facts? Well, many owners don’t know this but your dog has three eyelids! According to studies, the third lid, called the ‘haw’ or nictitating membrane, is responsible for keeping the eye protected and lubricated.
Your pet dreams just as you do
It is very possible that you watched your dog twitching or whimpering in his sleep. Dogs have the same brainwave patterns while asleep as humans. This means that they dream just like you do. Yet what is more surprising is the fact that not all dogs dream the same amount. Vets believe that small dogs actually have more dreams than big dogs.
Are dogs right-pawed or left-pawed?
This is easy to determine in humans. About 90% of humans use mainly the right-hand and a very small percentage is ambidextrous. In dogs, the breach doesn’t exist. About one-third is right-pawed, one-third left-pawed and the rest without preference. Furthermore, research shows right-handed dogs tend to be braver and more inquisitive. Left-handed dogs tend to be more aggressive.
There are many more amazing dog facts! Now that Pandora’s box’s opened, you can continue your own research! Finally, create your list of amazing dog facts! Encourage other dog lovers to do the same!