10 Mind-Blowing Facts You Didn't Know About Dogs
Start writing a post

10 Mind-Blowing Facts You Didn't Know About Dogs

Interesting facts about our favorite furry friends.

10 Mind-Blowing Facts You Didn't Know About Dogs

You love your dog or dogs. They are your constant companions. You seemingly know everything about them. Sometimes they are like your child. You feed them, bathe them and take care of them. You know exactly when they get their dinner and what their favorite places to be scratched are. But you might not know everything about your beloved canine friends. Here are ten things you probably didn’t know about dogs.

1. No two dogs noses are the same.

Similar to that of human thumbprints, no two dog noses are ever the same . The ridges on them can actually be used to prove a dog’s identity. While there are actually a few places in the United States that have begun using nose prints as a form of identification, the Canadian Kennel Club has been using this as a form of identification since 1938. This is due to the understanding that nose prints are an easier form of identification since collars and tags can easily be lost (and often are).

2. Dogs actually have the ability to learn to drive.

In New Zealand dogs were trained to drive cars in an attempt to show how smart and capable dogs are. This was in the hopes of boosting adoption numbers from shelters; places that many dogs do not make it out of.

3. Puppies are born blind and deaf.

This may seem a bit hindering evolutionarily speaking but this was actually quite advantageous. Puppies are born this way so that they are completely dependent on their mothers for care. This allows them to be safely tucked away in a den while the mother goes out hunting instead of slowing down the pack by having to be carried or kept track of.

4. Studies suggest that dogs don’t feel guilt.

Even though they might look it, there are studies that show dogs don’t actually feel guilty. Instead, it is suggested that the appearance of their guilt is simply the result of dogs having lived with humans and adapted. They have merely learned to act submissively when their masters show anger.

5. Studies show dogs are either right or left pawed.

According to a study in 2006, dogs are fairly evenly split with 50% being right pawed and 50% being left pawed. However, their paw preference is often weakly expressed, unlike humans.

6. Dogs only have sweat glands in their paws.

Dogs do not need to sweat to cool off like humans, and a majority of other animals. Instead, panting is their main form of cooling down. It is for this reason, that the only area dogs have sweat glands is on their feet.

7. A dog’s smell is 40 times that of a human’s.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2017%2F01%2F27%2F636210984861159778492484117_Common-dog-behaviors-explained.jpg%3Fitok%3DFSzwbBoi&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=48&h=41efcca5136a5dcebba77a91bc6836cdd0bc042eb73c3bc0fb738020a6e50bb0&size=980x&c=1806080572 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2017%252F01%252F27%252F636210984861159778492484117_Common-dog-behaviors-explained.jpg%253Fitok%253DFSzwbBoi%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D48%26h%3D41efcca5136a5dcebba77a91bc6836cdd0bc042eb73c3bc0fb738020a6e50bb0%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1806080572%22%7D" expand=1 original_size="1x1"]

Dogs have an extremely acute sense of smell and some odors dogs can detect in parts per trillion. This means that dogs could detect a teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water for example. This is due to the 300 million olfactory receptors that are found in their noses. Meanwhile, humans only have about six million.

8. Dogs can see black, white, blue and yellow.

It used to be assumed that dogs could only see in black and white. Now, though, Russian scientists have proved that dogs have a limited color range that allows them to distinguish the difference between blues and yellows.

9. Dogs can predict the weather.

This is due to a dog’s ability to sense the barometric pressure drop or a shift in the static electric field. That’s why dogs often react before a bad storm is about to hit. Dogs also are able to hear far off thunderstorms before humans can.

10. Dogs have 3 eyelids.

The third eyelid is called the nictitating membrane or haw. This helps clean and protect the eye. This is why sometimes when a dog is asleep the upper and lower eyelids open and make it look like the dog is sleeping with his eyes slightly open. This is because the third eyelid is closed.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

6 Things Owning A Cat Has Taught Me

This one's for you, Spock.

6 Things Owning A Cat Has Taught Me
Liz Abere

Owning a pet can get difficult and expensive. Sometimes, their vet bills cost hundreds of dollars just for one visit. On top of that, pets also need food, a wee wee pad for a dog, a litter box with litter for a cat, toys, and treats. Besides having to spend hundreds of dollars on them, they provide a great companion and are almost always there when you need to talk to someone. For the past six years, I have been the proud owner of my purebred Bengal cat named Spock. Although he's only seven years and four months old, he's taught me so much. Here's a few of the things that he has taught me.

Keep Reading...Show less

Kinder Self - Eyes

You're Your Own Best Friend

Kinder Self - Eyes

It's fun to see all of the selfies on social media, they are everywhere. I see pictures with pouty lips, duck lips and pucker lips. I see smokey eyes, huge fake lashes and nicely done nose jobs, boob jobs and butt lifts. Women working out in spandex, tiny tops and flip flops. I see tight abs and firm butts, manicured nails and toes, up dos and flowing hair. "Wow", I think to myself," I could apply tons of make-up, spend an hour on my hair, pose all day and not look like that. Maybe I need a longer stick!"

Keep Reading...Show less

Rap Songs With A Deeper Meaning

Rap is more than the F-bomb and a beat. Read what artists like Fetty, Schoolboy Q, Drake, and 2Pac can teach you.

Rap artist delivers performance on stage
Photo by Chase Fade on Unsplash

On the surface, rap songs may carry a surface perception of negativity. However, exploring their lyrics reveals profound hidden depth.Despite occasional profanity, it's crucial to look beyond it. Rap transcends mere wordplay; these 25 song lyrics impart valuable life lessons, offering insights that extend beyond the conventional perception of rap music.

Keep Reading...Show less

21 Drinks For Your 21st Birthday

Maybe don't try them all in one day...

21 Drinks For Your 21st Birthday

My 21st birthday is finally almost here. In honor of finally turning 21, I thought I'd share 21 fun drinks since it's finally legal for me to drink them.

Some of these drinks are basic, but some of them are a little more interesting. I thought they all looked pretty good and worth trying, so choose your favorites to enjoy at your big birthday bash!

Keep Reading...Show less

Ancient Roman Kings: 7 Leaders of Early Rome

The names and dates of the reigns of the first four kings, as well as the alternation of Sabin and Latin names, are more legendary than historical. The last three kings, of Etruscan origin, have an existence which seems less uncertain.

inside ancient roman building
Photo by Chad Greiter on Unsplash

It is evident that all this is only a legend although archeology shows us little by little that these kings if they did not exist as the ancient history, describes them, have at least in the very Outlines were real as chief of a shepherd’s tribe. The period when kings ruled Rome could estimate at 245 years.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments