Interesting facts about dogs

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Interesting facts about dogs
  • A dog’s heartbeat is 50 times faster than a human’s
  • The longer a dog’s nose is, the better the dog’s system of internal cooling
  • Humans have been keeping dogs as pets for at least 12,000 years. Some experts think dogs were first domesticated over 34,000 years ago.
  • Most dogs are at home in the water, but not all. Pugs, Pekingese, and Bassets hounds are just some of the dog breeds that have a hard time staying afloat!
  • A dog’s ear movements are controlled by over 12 different muscles
  • Dogs don’t sweat the way humans do; they can only sweat through their paw pads.
  • Ever seen your dog twitch as they sleep? Your dog is probably dreaming. Dogs have the same REM (Rapid Eye Movement) as dreaming humans!
  • Every dog’s nose print is unique, just like a human fingerprint.
  • To help them absorb scent, dogs’ noses are covered with a thin layer of mucous.
  • In the USA alone there are around 75 million dogs, with over 62% of households owning a pet
  • Dogs have a special third eyelid to keep their eyes moist and protected
  • Dogs are highly sensitive. They are thought to be able to predict the weather, and some may even be able to detect illness in their owners.
  • The average dog is as intelligent as a human toddler. They can count up to 5 and understand over 200 words and phrases!
  • When a dog plays with humans or other dogs, their brain produces oxytocin: the love hormone.
  • Stroking a dog can be good for you. It releases oxytocin, which is great for both you and the dog.
  • Stroking a dog can lower your blood pressure.
  • Dogs can see in the dark thanks to the Tapetum Lucidum: a special membrane in their eyes.
  • The first animal in space was a Russian dog named Laika.
  • Dogs cannot see red because their eyes don’t have the right kind of receptors. They see in shades of black and white, as well as blue and yellow.
  • Newborn puppies are born deaf and blind, but have heat sensors in their noses to help them find their mother.

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