55 Fascinating Facts About Dogs

The species is one of the most loved pets in the world. Dogs are known for their loyal and loving nature. Loyalty is there as a natural behavior. It is also known for its cleverness and barking attitude. They have many other qualities like swimming in the water, jumping from anywhere, and good smelling sense. So here are some random facts about our favorite and most popular pet dog.

  1. Dogs are capable of sensing a shift in static electric fields and drops in barometric pressure, which means they can detect a sudden change in weather conditions.
  2. They are also good at hearing the sounds of thunder of a storm before a human can hear it.
  3. Dogs can smell where electric current and human fingerprints that have been weeks old.
  4. Studies have suggested that dogs may be able to detect lung cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, and bladder cancer and that dogs can be trained to detect cancer in 93% of cases.
  5. Dogs can smell floating whale poo from a mile away.
  6. Sweat in dogs is produced only in the places where there is no fur that stands to be nose and their paws.
  7. There are over 339 species of dogs recognized by FCI till the time of writing; They are further divided into ten groups based on the dog’s function, purpose, appearance, or size.
  8. The five smartest breeds of dogs on the planet are -:
    (i) Scottish border collie
    (ii) Poddle
    (iii)German shepherd
    (iv) Golden retriever
    (v) Doberman Pinscher
  9. According to a study of 2012, there were about 525 million dogs in the world, and it’s estimated that by 2019 the number has been increased to 900 million.Facts about dogs
  10. Dogs and elephants are the only animals that seem to understand the pointing of humans instinctively.
  11. Dogs have 42 teeth, and Only 10% of dogs experience tooth decay.
  12. Once a dog hits the age of 10, its chance of dying from cancer increases to 50%.
  13. USPS mail carriers are attacked by 6000 dogs per year.
  14. Dogs are social or pack animals, and they don’t like much to be alone.
  15. Newborn babies of dogs are called pups or puppies. They are born blind and deaf. They open their eyes after about two weeks and sleep for over 15-20 hours a day.
  16. A dog in Norway became king of the country for three years during the 11 century A.D.
  17. If you were to remove the smelling receptors from a dog’s nose and lay them on a flat surface, it would cover an area greater than the dog itself.
  18. They possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million that of human beings, which is 40 times more.
  19. Dog noses are wet and secrete mucus which helps them cool down their smelling receptors. This allows them to smell constantly and root around.
  20. An Animal Hospital Association survey revealed that 62 percent of dog owners sign letters or cards from themselves and their dogs. Fifty-five percent of dog owners sign them as their mom’s or dads.Dog facts
  21. There are over 77 million dogs as pets in the United States, and it stands at the top position to have dogs.
  22. One in three families has a dog in the United States.
  23. Dogs wag their tails to the right when they’re happy and to the left when they’re frightened.
  24. A female dog, her mate, and her puppies can produce 12,288 dogs in five years.
  25. Domestic dogs are omnivores; they feed on a variety of foods, including grains, vegetables, and meats.
  26. The breed of french mastiff has the shortest life expectancy with about 5-8 years.
  27. There were twelve dogs on sunk titanic, out of which three survived.
  28. Police dogs are commonly trained to react to commands in German, Hungarian, or some other Slavic Languages. However, they are trained in other languages as well.
  29. It is illegal to spay or neuter(removing ability to reproduce) your dog in Norway except under particular circumstances. Whereas in the USA, most dogs are castrated (removed testicles).
  30. The dogs who are castrated seem to live longer than those who are intact with testicles.Dog facts
  31. There is an American Kennel Club Museum of the Dogs in New york.
  32. All dogs are the descendant of the wolf. These wolves lived in Europe about 19,000 to 32000 years ago.
  33. The fastest dog on the planet is the greyhound species which can reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph).
  34. An average city dog lives approximately three years longer than an average domesticated dog.
  35. Dogs have a wider field of vision than humans but cannot see as far in front of them as we can.
  36. Dogs use their swiveling ears like radar dishes; experiments have shown that dogs can locate the source of a sound in 60 milliseconds.
  37. Dog’s hearing range is approximately twice as wide. Dogs can detect sounds between 67-45,000 Hz, while humans can detect sounds between 64-23,000 Hz. In the upper frequencies of a dog’s hearing range, the sounds can cause the dog with irritation and discomfort.
  38. A dog named Laika was the first animal to be sent to space and orbit planet earth. The soviet union sent it on November 3, 1957.
  39. Dogs have nothing to do with the term “dog days.” In fact, the term is from old Roman times when it was believed Sirius; the dog star added its heat to the sun from July 3 to August 11. The Romans called this period as caniculares or days of the dog
  40. The dumbest dog in all dog species is the Afghan hound.Dog facts
  41. Dogs have bigger brains and double strength than cats have. In dogs, there are over 500 millions neuron, whereas cats have 250 million.
  42. While human fingerprints are a means of their identification, the nose prints are a means of identifying dogs and are very similar to human fingerprints.
  43. About one million dogs are the primary beneficiary of their owners’ wills in the U.S.
  44. An average dog is as intelligent as a two-year-old child and can learn about 1000 words.
  45. Trained Dogs can sniff out prostate cancer with 98% accuracy.
  46. The average body temperature of a dog is 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit compared to 98.4 then that of humans.
  47. Studies show that a dog’s shape often suggests its longevity: A longer face means long life.
  48. Chocolate can sicken or even kill dogs.
  49. The smallest living dog in terms of length is a chihuahua who measured 15.2 cm (6 in).
  50. The tallest dog in the world is known to be the great dane species which is of German origin. It stands around 28-30 inches tall and can weigh as much as 250 Pounds. As of 2019, Freddy holds the record with a height of 3 feet 4.17 inches and lives in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, together with his owner Claire Stoneman.
  51. English mastiff is known to be the heaviest dog species in the world which can weigh anywhere around 250 pounds(114 kg).
  52. Dogs have night vision which is due to a part they have called tapetum lucidum.
  53. They are color blended to blue and yellow color’s.
  54. Dogs have about 1800 taste buds and can taste bitter, sour, sweet, and sour. However, smell matters to them more than taste.
  55. Canis familiaris is a direct descendant of Canis lupus, the gray wolf, so we can say dogs are domesticated wolves. Not only has their behavior changed, but domestic dogs are physically different from wolves, being smaller, with shorter muzzles and smaller teeth.Dogs as wolfs descendants-Dog facts

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