10 Fun Facts you may not know about Dogs
Do you think know everything about your pawsome pal? Then think again – there are so many fun and unusual facts out there about your dog, and we’ve got them down to the 10 most amazing facts you may not know about dogs.
Your dog can smell your feelings
Your dogs sense of smell is so sensitive, it can pick up on subtle changes in your scent which will then help him work out how you’re feeling. Ever heard the phrase “They can smell your fear”? Well dogs can - quite literally, by smelling your perspiration when you become nervous.
Some dogs can even pick up on health related issues, such as hypoglycaemia in diabetics or know that a certain household member is pregnant.
Your dog’s whiskers can help him “see” in the dark
Alright, we’re not talking night vision here but your doggo’s whiskers are like their version of a super power. Believe it or not, those whiskers can pick up on the most subtle of changes in air currents which help them to determine the size, shape and speed of things around them. This helps them to have a better sense of any dangers or prey that maybe approaching them.
Your dog is as smart as a 2-year old toddler
You’ll know this if you’ve ever seen a toddler with a dog. They seem to be able to speak the same language and understand each other. This is because they both have around 250 words and gestures in their vocabulary.
Dogs only have sweat glands in their paws
Specifically, dogs have sweat glands between their paw pads which is why it can help to wet their feet on a hot day. It’s also the reason why dogs have to pant to keep themselves cool.
Dogs can hear 4 times as far as humans
If you’ve ever tried to secretly open a packet of crisps without your dog hearing, you’ll know that’s impossible. Although puppies are born deaf, they quickly make up for it as they grow surpassing our hearing capacity by far. Dogs are also able to hear significantly higher pitched sounds, detecting a frequency range of 67 to 45,000 hertz. For comparison, the human range is 64 to 23,000 hertz. As both us and our dogs get older, our ability to hear the higher frequencies does decrease.
A dogs mouth can exert 320 pounds of pressure
This average figure was taken by tests done on a German Shepherd, American Pitbull Terrier and a Rottweiler. To put it into context – a human, on average exert 120 pounds, white sharks exert 600 pounds and a crocodile exerts (wait for it) 2500 pounds.
Bonus fact – Dogs also have 10 more teeth than us, 42 in comparison to our 32.
Dogs and Cats both drink water the same way
You may not believe me, since dogs seem to make such a dribbly mess when they drink, but the action is exactly the same as their feline friends. And the amazing thing is, they drink the water by bending the tip of their tongue and raising the water in a column into their mouth on the back of their tongue. Honestly – look at your doggo the next time they take a slurp.
Your dog’s sense of smell is 1000 to 10million times better than yours
Can you imagine what they can smell with that nose every day! Depending on their breed, your dog can have between 125 million to 300 million scent glands (humans only have 5 million). And on top of that, the part of their brain that controls smell is 40 times larger than ours too – even though their brain is smaller than ours in comparison to their body size.
Your dog has a sense of time and misses you when you’re gone
I always thought that dogs couldn’t tell how much time had passed, but one study has found that dogs responded differently to their owners being gone for different lengths of time. Dogs pick up on routines and habits and they know when things are “supposed” to happen.
Your 1 year old pup is as physically mature as a 15 year old human
Of course, this can vary slightly with different breeds, and large breeds mature faster than smaller ones. We found this nifty Dog Age Calculator for a more exact comparison for your dog…click on the link to try it out.
So there you have it – 10 fun and funky facts about dogs that you may not have known. We hope that this gives you a better appreciation of your pup and shows you (a little bit more) how incredible they are as animals, not just as your best friend.
We’d love to hear if you have any fun facts about dogs in the comments below.