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25 Fascinating Facts About Dogs

Updated on February 21, 2017

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Smarter Than You Think

People who love their dogs, truly love their dogs. These canines may be used for protection or for a family pet. Dogs are smarter than people realize. Sometimes a dog will know what you want but, refuse to do it because it's being lazy or hardheaded.

Dogs, irregardless of breed, are descendants of the wolf. If you raise a dog correctly and properly train and socialize it as a puppy, then you will have a loyal and loving pet no matter which breed you choose. Personally, my family has Rottweilers and they are always socialized as puppies with other animals and humans. They are loyal and loving, and of course, protective of their home.

Man-Kind's Best Friend

Rottweilers are bred to protect and with proper training they will protect your home better than a security system.
Rottweilers are bred to protect and with proper training they will protect your home better than a security system. | Source
A dog pants to get more breaths in a shorter amount of time and it has has nothing to do with sweating.
A dog pants to get more breaths in a shorter amount of time and it has has nothing to do with sweating. | Source
Dogs can be taught to play fetch with a ball, stick or even a frisbee. Once they learn to play they fall in love with it.
Dogs can be taught to play fetch with a ball, stick or even a frisbee. Once they learn to play they fall in love with it. | Source
A dog's paws produce sweat and it's the only part of the dog that sweats at all.
A dog's paws produce sweat and it's the only part of the dog that sweats at all. | Source

Five Canine Facts

25 Dog Facts

1. Nose Wetness: A dog must have a wet nose because it's used for determining which direction different smells are coming from. It allows the animal to smell several things at once and distinguish which smell is coming from which direction. Dogs can smell long distances.

2. Night Vision: Dogs can see in the dark just as they can see in the light because, their eyes have a tapetum Lucidum. This is a membrane in canine's eye to then allow them to see in the dark. It's true, test your pet anytime because it's the smell, it's not the sight, when the dog finds it's way in the dark.

3. Super Smell: A dog can smell a minimum of ten thousands times better than people can. Not to mention, they can separate the smells and where they are coming from. Their nose is a dog's number one asset.

4. Sweating: Many people think dogs sweat when they pant but, that is a false statement. Dogs pant to get more breaths in quicker. Dogs actually sweat through the pads on the bottom of the paws of their feet.

5. Smart: An average dog is about as smart as a two or three year old child. Canines can learn up to 200 hand and sound commands when properly trained to do so. Contrary to what you hear, you can teach a dog new tricks.

6. Whiskers: Dogs have Vibrissae which are the ultra sensitive whiskers on the pet. These whiskers can detect very small changes in wind or airflow around it. The whiskers will also allow the dog to know when someone or something gets really close to the face.

7. Grass Eaters: When a dog has an upset stomach they will sometimes eat grass or weeds in order to help them vomit. They will start this deep regurgitating sound. Not pleasant to hear especially, early in the morning.

8. Ear Movement: Dogs have 18 separate muscles that regulate their ear movements which enable them to pick up on sounds from far away.

9. Three Eyelids: Canines have three eyelids instead of two. The top and bottom eyelid and a third eyelid which is a protector and a lubricator.

10. Swimmers: Not all breeds of dogs can swim. Most can swim instinctively but, the Basset Hound can not ever been taught to swim.

11. Nose Print Identification: Just like a human can be tracked and identified by their fingerprints, a dog can be 100% identified by the prints of its nose. They are unique just like a fingerprint.

12. What's The Time: Dogs have zero sense of time which, means you can be gone for only a hour or two hours, and to your dog, it might as well have been 3 years.

13. Choppers: An adult dog has 42 teeth and a puppy has puppy grows 28 teeth.

14. Dogs See Color: A myth is that canines only see black and white. Scientists have discovered that dogs do see color.

15. Spiked Collars: In ancient Greece times large dog collars with sharp spikes on them were put on dogs to protect their necks from being bitten by wild wolves.

16. Birth: When puppies are first born they are deaf, blind and completely without teeth.

17. Speedy Dog: The Greyhound is the fastest dog on the planet and it can get up to speeds reaching 45 miles per hour.

18. Appendix: Dogs do not have an appendix even though their insides are similar to humans in many other ways.

19. Smelling Cells: Humans have around 5 million smelling cells and according to scientists Rottweilers and German Shepherds have around 225 million smelling cells.

20. Brains: Dogs are considered the 5th smartest animal after the Ape, Dolphins, Whale and Elephant.

21. Sweet Dreams: Dogs have dreams just as humans do. Dogs have Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and Slow Wave Sleep (SWS) movements just as we do.

22. Sound Frequency: Dogs can locate and distinguish a sound in 6/100th's of a second.

23. Can't Bark: All dogs can bark except for one. The basenji is the only dog that cannot bark at all.

24. Giving Birth: Female dogs carry their puppies for around 60 days before they give birth.

25. Long life: The Guinness Book of world records list an Australian Cattle Dog as the canine that has lived the longest. The pet lived to be 29 years old.

Police Dogs

Police use dogs, especially German Shepherds to catch criminals and locate drugs.
Police use dogs, especially German Shepherds to catch criminals and locate drugs. | Source

Best Guard Dogs

Rottweiler
German Shepherd
Doberman Pinscher
 
Cane Corso
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Four of the world's top guard dogs.

Seeing-Eye (Guide) Dogs

Seeing-Eye dogs help blind individuals get around and do daily chores. They are trained since birth to care for handicapped people.
Seeing-Eye dogs help blind individuals get around and do daily chores. They are trained since birth to care for handicapped people. | Source

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Old Dog, New Tricks?

Can you teach an older dog new tricks or commands? Of course you can. Once a dog is fully grown it is harder to teach but it will still learn at any age as long as your patient and persistent. Use rewards such as dog treats or petting your dog when it follows a command. If you've got a dog that already knows certain commands let the other dog watch you and your canine do commands and give rewards.

Please share any facts about dogs that you have in the comments capsule at the bottom of this article.

Interesting Facts About Dogs

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    • Lady Guinevere profile image

      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I did not know number 15. Thanks for this interesting hub.

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      Sp Greaney 2 years ago from Ireland

      I though I knew a lot about dogs already but your list enlightened me with some new facts I didn't know.

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      lesliebyars 2 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks for the kind words. Dogs are very unique animals for sure.

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