TOP 10 INTERESTING DOG FACTS
We love sharing our knowledge of dogs with you. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of our top 10 interesting dog facts! From the way dogs dream, to how incredible their hearing is, our favourite furry friends are always keeping us on our toes and teaching us something new. They’re fascinating, unique, and full of quirks, and that’s exactly why we love them! Keep these facts on hand for the next time you want to impress the fellow dog lovers in your life.
YOUR DOG HAS DREAMS JUST LIKE YOU DO
Have you ever looked at your dog sleeping and noticed their paws shift around or their bodies randomly twitch? Much like humans, it’s usually a sign that they’re dreaming! Dogs experience sleep cycles the same way we do, beginning to dream when they enter rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. This tends to happen more frequently in puppies or senior dogs, but adult dogs dream as well. The best part? Dogs tend to dream of exactly what you’d expect… Dog-related activities, like fetching a ball.
GREYHOUNDS ARE THE FASTEST DOGS ON EARTH
It’s no mystery that Greyhounds are known for their speed, but just how fast are we talking? Making their mark as the fastest dog breed on the planet, Greyhounds are capable of running up to a whopping 45 miles per hour! That’s over twice as fast in comparison to the average dog, which typically tops out at a maximum speed of 19 miles per hour. Greyhounds can thank the aerodynamic build of their bodies for this capability, as well as their weight.
THEIR NOSES ARE WET TO ABSORB SCENTS
A dog’s nose is truly spectacular. In our previous dog facts list, we already covered noseprints and how unique each one is, but the fun doesn’t stop there. The thin layer of mucus on a dog’s nose helps to absorb scent chemicals more effectively, enhancing their sense of smell. What’s even more interesting is that dogs have 100 million sensory receptor sites in the nasal cavity, which is a whole lot when you put it into perspective. Humans only have 6 million! It’s no wonder their sense of smell is better than ours.
DOGS CAN HEAR FOUR TIMES FURTHER THAN HUMANS
While their sense of smell is incredible, dogs also have superior hearing. In comparison to humans, they can hear at a distance of up to 4 times further than we can. Dogs can hear a larger frequency of sounds as well, allowing them to pick up on things that we aren’t able to hear at all. They’ll even tilt their heads in order to hear a sound better and pinpoint where it’s coming from. Now we know it’s more than just being cute!
THE LUNDEHUND BREED HAS SIX TOES
You get a little extra to love with the Lundehund. This Norwegian breed has six fully developed toes, and it’s with good reason. Originally, the Lundehund was bred to hunt Puffins, which nested in areas inaccessible to humans. The extra toes assisted in these hunts, providing enhanced traction when navigating the rocky Norwegian terrain. They’re also extremely flexible. These dogs are capable of touching the top of their heads to their backs!
DOGS CAN DRY OFF IN A FRACTION OF A SECOND
We’ve all been there… Your furry friend is soaked and right as you’re about to dry them off, you get the classic wet dog shake. While us humans may prefer to use towels, dogs are actually well equipped to dry off on their own. In just a fraction of a second, they can shake off roughly 70% of the water that’s on their fur. It’ll surely save you some effort from drying them off, but hopefully you can get out of the way before your dog begins to shake off water!
THE LABRADOR’S POPULARITY HAS LASTED 29 YEARS
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Labrador is the most popular breed in the United States of America, but did you know it’s been this way for 29 years? As of 2020, there’s still no sign of another breed overtaking the Labrador for it’s spot at the top. Prior to this, the longest reign for the most popular dog breed in the USA lasted 22 years. This title was held by the Poodle back in the 20th century. While we find this fact interesting, it’s safe to say that every dog holds a special spot in our hearts.
DOGS ARE AS SMART AS TODDLERS
Toddlers and dogs have a lot more in common than you think. Based on language development tests, it appears as though dogs have the same capacity to learn language as two year old humans do. While it ranges based on the dog, it’s said that they can learn anywhere between 150-250 words and gestures, similar to a young child. The higher end of that figure is for dogs in the top 20% of intelligence, but even the average dog holds the same mental capability as a toddler.
A THIRD EYELID HELPS PROTECT THEIR EYES
Dogs are truly amazing animals, and the way they’re built proves that! Their third eyelid is in place to provide additional protection and lubrication for the eye. It helps to remove any debris or mucus, fighting infection and protecting the cornea. Unless born with an exposed third eyelid, it’s normally tucked away where you can’t see. However, if it’s become visible, this can signify that there may be a medical issue and it’s time for a trip to the vet. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
DOGS SHARE 99.9% OF THEIR GENES WITH WOLVES
The appearance of some breeds may already give it away, but all dogs are direct descendants of wolves. That’s right! Today’s domesticated dogs were once wolves themselves. While the history gets muddled along the way, the proof is in the genetic makeup of each animal. Sharing 99.9% of the same DNA, wolves and domesticated dogs are still considered the same species. While we don’t condone it, dogs and wolves can technically produce offspring as there is no significant genetic difference.
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