Dogs are selfless and devoted creatures who remain your friend no matter what. When you’re having a bad day they’ll be there to lift your spirits with hugs and kisses. To help celebrate our furry friends are these fascinating dog facts that truly show the amazing nature of our canine companions!
1) All puppies are born blind and deaf.
2) With over 75 million pet dogs, the United States leads the world in dog ownership.
3) In the United States forty-five percent of dogs sleep in their owner’s bed.
4) Dog’s have a unique layer of eye tissue called the tapetum lucidum that allows night vision.
5) A dog’s nose print is just as unique as your fingerprint.
6) You may already know that yawning is contagious, but did you also know that your yawn can trigger a dog to yawn, especially when he’s your own.
7) When you pet a dog both your blood pressure and the dog’s goes down. Just one of many health benefits!
8) On average, dogs have about 1,700 taste buds while we humans have anywhere from 2,000 to 10,000.
9) Of course a dog’s sense of smell is far superior with as many as 300 million receptors. Humans have around 5 million.
10) Dogs are not colorblind as people believed for many years. Dogs can actually make out yellows and blues, though other colors appear on a grayish-brown scale.
11) After a dog goes to the bathroom he’ll often kick backwards. This is not to cover it up, but to mark their territory with the scent glands in their feet.
12) The tallest dog in the world is Zeus, a Great Dane who measured 44 inches tall and ate 30 pounds of food every two weeks.
13) When sleeping dogs curl up in ball to protect their organs – this is a behavior from their days in the wild when subject to attacks from predators.
14) To cool off dogs sweat through their paw pads, but also pant 300-400 breaths compared to a regular 30-40.
15) In all the wondrous animal kingdom, dogs are among only a very few species that express voluntary unselfish behavior without expecting a reward.
Ponder these facts the next time you see a dog, whether it’s Fido on a walk or your own loving and loyal fur friend.
“A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.”
— John Grogan