Surprising Facts About Dogs

Posted by Edward Cruz on


Do you think you know everything about our four-legged friend? Think again! Check out these fascinating facts that some would even help you better understand our canine companions.

  1. A dog’s heart beats 50x faster than the average heart beat of humans.
  2. The longer the dog nose is, the more effective the internal cooling system is.
  3. Humans have kept dogs as domestic companion for over 12,000 years.
  4. They say dogs are great swimmer but not all dogs can swim – a basset hound can’t.
  5. More than a dozen separate muscles control a dog’s ear movement.
  6. Dog only sweat through the pads of their feet.
  7. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming. They also have the same type of rapid eye movement as humans.
  8. The dog’s nose print is as unique as a human fingerprint.
  9. Dog’s noses have a thin layer of mucus that helps them absorb scent.
  10. There are around 75 million dogs in the United States, and over 62% of households own a pet.
  11. Dog’s eyes consist of three eyelids – upper lid, lower lid, and a third lid that keeps the eye moist and protected.
  12. There are claims that dogs can actually predict stormy weather and can detect if their owner has an illness.
  13. Dogs have the same level of intelligence as a 2-year-old. They can understand up to 250 words and phrases and can count up to five.
  14. A dog’s brain releases oxytocin - the love hormone – when dogs play with humans or other dogs.
  15. Dogs’ eyes contain a special membrane called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark.


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