With 400 million dogs estimated worldwide, our loyal companions are part of our lives for better or for worse; hopefully, for the better. Humans have domesticated dogs, keeping them as pets, for over 12,000 thousands years, so, we know plenty about them, but there’s still plenty more to learn about our furry friends. Next, we give you some less known facts about dogs and their world.
- Experts in canine behavior have concluded that a dog can be as smart as a two-year-old human baby. On average, dogs can understand about 150 words.
- Contrary to popular belief, dogs can see in colors, just not as vivid as humans do.
- Puppies are totally helpless when they are born, being born blind, deaf, and toothless. The first sense puppies develop is the sense of touch.
- Dogs’ nose prints are as unique as human fingerprints, and can be used to prove a dog’s identity.
- “Fido” is Latin for fidelity.
- Dogs are pack animals and they view their human owners as the leaders of their pack.
- Experts in canine behavior claim that dogs can read our faces; in other words, dogs can tell if we are happy, angry, sad, etc. just by looking at our faces.
- Like people, dogs dream too. If, during sleep, you see your dog twitching it means that she is dreaming.
- If your dog is acting up it might be because it senses a storm coming. Dogs can hear, smell, and feel a change in the weather way before humans do.
- Smaller dogs, like Chihuahuas, can hear sounds in higher ranges than bigger dogs.
- Like humans, dogs are right or left handed.
- Dogs sweat out through the pads of their paws, and their main form of cooling down is panting.
- When dogs drink water, they form the backs of their tongues into little water cups.
- A dog’s wet nose helps detect scent by absorbing the water droplets that carry smell.
- The longer a dog’s nose, the more efficient its internal cooling system.
- When a dog is wagging its tail to the right it means that he is feeling happy; wagging the tail to the left means that he is frightened.
- The smell center of a dog’s brain is 40 times larger than human’s.
- When you see a frightened dog putting its tail between his legs is because this behavior helps cut off the scent glands in the anal regions which carry their personal scents and individual information. It seems that the frightened dog is hiding his “ID Card.”
- Dog urine corrodes metal. In Croatia, several lampposts collapsed due to too much dogs’ urine.
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