As everyone knows, dogs are a man’s best friends because dogs allow us to be their best friends. We play with them, hold them close, and depend on them for any number of reasons. But did you think you know everything about our canine buddies? Think again! Check out these surprising facts about dogs:
1. YOUR ONE YEAR-OLD PUP IS AS PHYSICALLY MATURE AS A 15-YEAR-OLD HUMAN.
Of course, different breeds age a little differently. Large dogs age faster than small ones.
2. YOUR DOG’S WHISKERS HELP THEM “SEE” IN THE DARK.
It’s not quite night-vision or a super powers as you would seem to define, but those whiskers pick up on even subtle changes in air currents, providing your pup with information about the shape, size, and even speed of things nearby.
3. YOUR DOG IS AS SMART AS A 2-YEAR-OLD TODDLER.
There’s a reason your little tad and your pup get along so well. It’s because they speak the same language. Or at least, they likely understand roughly the same number of words and gestures.
4. DOGS AND CATS BOTH SLURP WATER THE SAME WAY.
This may be hard to believe since dogs are such untidy drinkers, but just like cats, our canine buds bend the tip of their tongue and raise liquid in a column up to their mouths.
5. YOUR DOG’S SENSE OF SMELL IS 1,000 TO 10 MILLION TIMES BETTER THAN YOURS.
Depending on the breed, your dog has between 125 million to 300 million scent glands — compared to only 5 million for humans. And the part of your dog’s brain that controls smell$ is 40 times larger than yours.
There are still tons of things you may not know about your best dog buddy. We hope this list of odd facts about dogs gave you a better appreciation of your best friend. They are truly incredible animals and companions.
6. DOGS NOSES ARE WET TO HELP ABSORB SCENT CHEMICALS
This amazing dog fact might answer a long-standing question that dog owners have. Why are dog’s noses wet? Dog’s noses are wet to help them absorb scent chemicals! Their nose secretes a special mucus that helps to absorb these chemicals, and then they lick their noses to sample them, helping them understand what the smell is.
7. NEWFOUNDLANDS ARE AMAZING LIFEGUARDS
Newfoundland dogs are the ultimate doggy lifeguards, because they have water resistant coats and webbed feet. They were originally bred as fisherman’s helpers and to rescue people from drowning. Some owners have even reported that their Newfoundland tries to “rescue” them when they’re swimming!
8. THE BEATLES SONG ‘A DAY IN THE LIFE’ HAS A FREQUENCY ONLY DOGS CAN HEAR
In an interview in 2013, Paul McCartney said that he added a frequency only dogs can hear to the end of the Beatles song ‘A Day in the Life’. So watch your dog when you play the song! How’s that for an amazing dog fact?
9. THREE DOGS SURVIVED THE TITANIC SINKING
Did you know that three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic? Vets states that the dogs were in first class and included a Pomeranian puppy - which her owner wrapped in a blanket to escape with, and everyone thought she was carrying a baby. Another Pomeranian and a Pekingese were also rescued. Move over Rose and Jack!
10. A BLOODHOUND’S SENSE OF SMELL CAN BE USED AS EVIDENCE IN COURT
According to PBS, a Bloodhound's sense of smell is so spot on that it can be admitted as evidence in a court of law. Now if you thought that was an incredible dog fact, prepare to have your mind blown. Bloodhounds can also follow tracks that are over 300 hours old and can stay on a trail for over 130 miles!
11. THE TALLEST DOG IN THE WORLD IS 44 INCHES TALL
The tallest dog in the world ever was a Great Dane named Zeus! Measured at 44 inches tall on October 4th 2011, he’s the current Guinness World Record holder.
12. BASENJI DOGS DON’T BARK, THEY YODEL
If you thought all dogs barked, then prepare yourself for this dog fact. The Basenji dog doesn’t tend to bark, instead they are known to yodel, whine or scream.
13. A GREYHOUND COULD BEAT A CHEETAH IN A LONG DISTANCE RACE
A Greyhound would actually beat a Cheetah in a long distance race! According to Psychology Today, Greyhounds are excellent long distance runners and can keep a speed of 35mph for up to 7 miles. Where the Cheetah is incredibly fast it can only keep its speed for around 200 -300 yards, so they may have the running start but it would soon be surpassed by a Greyhound!
14. A BLIND MAN AND HIS GUIDE DOG HIKED THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
According to the Washington Post, for eight months during 1990 a blind man named Bill Irwin hiked the Appalachian Trail with his guide dog Orient helping him along the way. Dogs truly are a man’s best friend.
15. THE EWOKS IN STAR WARS WERE BASED ON A DOG
If you’re a Star Wars fan you’ll love this amazing dog fact. The Los Angeles Times claims that George Lucas modelled the Ewoks after his family dog!
16. 30% OF DALMATIANS ARE DEAF IN ONE EAR
UFAW states that on average around 30% of Dalmatians are deaf in one ear and 5% are deaf in both. This is due to something called the extreme piebald gene which is responsible for their white coat and blue eyes (in some of them). Dalmatians with larger dark patches are less likely to be deaf.
17. THE SALUKI IS THE OLDEST DOG BREED
The Guinness Book of World Record for the oldest dog breed is held by the Saluki. The breed dates back to 329BC and were kept as royal pets in Ancient Egypt. Reportedly, there are also carvings found in Southern Iraq of a dog that looks similar to a Saluki which dates back to 7000BC.
18. CHOW CHOWS AND SHAR-PEIS HAVE BLACK TONGUES
The Chow Chow and the Shar-Pei are the only two dog breeds that have fully black tongues. Even more interesting, the cause of these black tongues is currently unknown.
19. DOGS HAVE THREE EYELIDS
Many owners haven’t heard of this interesting dog fact, but did you know that your four-legged friend has three eyelids? According to iHeartDogs.com the third lid is called the ‘haw’ or nictitating membrane, and it’s responsible for keeping the eye protected and lubricated.
20. THE AFRICAN HUNTING DOG IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL HUNTER IN THE WORLD
The African Hunting Dog is the most successful land hunter in the world. They’re successful in 50-70% of their hunts, which makes them consistently the best mammalian hunter, they even hold the current Guinness Book of World Record for it.