Dogs have always been full of wonders, it’s only now that we humans are starting to notice interesting things about dogs.
15 amazing facts about dogs and let us know how much you already knew about them.
1. Dogs understand more than 250 words
Yes, the dog can understand more than 250 words, count to 5 and solve simple math equations for addition or subtraction.
A Border Collie named Chaser who is also known as the world’s smartest dog can understand more than 1000 words.
2. 4X hearing ability compared to humans
Dogs have twice as many ear muscles as humans. They can hear 4 times better than us and recognize distant sounds that are impossible for human ears to notice.
3. Dogs have 3 eyelids
Their 3rd eyelid is called the nictitating membrane and offers extra protection. This white film can be noticed when a dog is sleeping. The dog’s eyes may appear to have rolled back into its head.
4. About 30% of Dalmatians could be deaf in one ear
Due to a genetic predisposition to deafness, approximately 30% of Dalmatians suffer from deafness in one ear.
5. Dog was the first mammal to orbit the Earth
A Russian stray dog named Laika orbited the Earth in 1957. She was selected to join the crew of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2. The spacecraft was launched into space on November 3, 1957.
6. Dog pee contains a lot of information
Have you ever seen your dog stop everywhere and smell things when you take him for a walk? All the dog sniffs is keeping track of what happens to other dogs nearby. Dog urine contains a lot of information that can be interpreted by other dogs such as the sex of the dog, its age, state of mind, etc.
7. Dogs’ sense of smell is 1000 times better than humans
You’ve probably heard that dogs smell better than we do. But did you know how to smell better? They can smell about 1000 times better than us. In fact, they are trained by police professionals and bomb disposal authorities to track down explosives, people, drugs, etc.
8. They can detect attacks before they happen
Dogs can detect certain medical problems that cause seizures in humans. They can detect seizures before they happen and can warn people in advance to avoid falls or call for help.
9. Greyhound breed has a top speed of 45 MPH
They are known as the fastest dog breed on the planet. Their speed can reach up to 45 MPH. They are quite widely used in greyhound racing around the world.
10. They can detect lies
Yes, they can see when we lie to them. Research shows that dogs understand and observe our behavior well. They can learn not to trust untrustworthy people and even yell when you lie to them.
11. They can see in the dark
Because of their extra light-reflecting layer behind their retina, they can see better in the dark than humans.
12. They like to sleep on their owner’s bed
A 2015 study found that about 45% of dogs prefer to sleep in their owner’s bed. In fact, people prefer to leave dogs on their beds as it helps them sleep better.
13. They can help detect certain cancers
Research has shown that dogs can detect cancer. A recent study has shown that dogs can predict prostate cancer with 98% accuracy.
14. Dogs snore more than cats
You must have noticed it in your dog by now. Studies show that an estimated 21% of dogs snore more than cats.
15. Dogs get gray hair early due to stress
Premature graying of hair in dogs has been linked to stress. As with humans, stress in dogs can cause premature graying of their fur.
So, how many fun facts about dogs did you never know before? Share it with us in the comments below!