Every animal on the face of this planet has distinct and unique characteristics. However, everybody knows that dogs are the ultimate comrade of a man. It's out of the question not to love these four-legged creatures with their brilliant characteristics and loving nature.
Dogs are not just a source of chasing loneliness away, but these loyal canines can even prove beneficial for your overall health, according to various studies. These hole-diggers and couch-sleepers have some astonishing capabilities that can probably blow your mind.
Many things make dogs exceptional in the animal kingdom. So, strap yourselves in for ten amazing facts about dogs that will make you fall in love with your furry companions all over again.
Cool Facts that Most Dog Lovers Don't Know
We've compiled a list of ten fun and fantastic dog facts that you might not already know. If you're a dog lover, stick through the end to find out some mind-boggling things about your drooling furballs. Before further ado, let's dive straight into it.
Dogs are as intelligent as babies
You probably have heard that dogs are essentially furry toddlers as their cognitive abilities are kind of similar to a two-year-old human being. While there are some interesting comparisons between dogs' mental abilities and humans of whatever age, the minds of different species can work very differently.
Comparing dogs to kids makes intuitive sense because we see our dogs as our children to some extent. Possibly, that's why we call them our fur babies. As per the canine IQ test, dogs and two-year-old have similar vocabulary sizes.
Both dogs and a two-year-old have a 165-250 words language development capacity, including signals and gestures. Some dog breeds can even learn up to 1000 words, equivalent to a three-year-old's learning capacity.
However, any claim that your dog has the mind of a human of any age needs to be taken with a massive grain of salt.
Every dog has a distinct snout
Who thought noses would be used to identify dogs? It turns out every dog has a unique snout. Yes, every single dog's rhinarium has an individual and distinguishing design. According to neuropsychologist Dr. Stanley Coren from British Columbia, each dog's nose has a one of a kind pattern. And when you combine that with a shape of its nostrils, it comprises a nose print.
It helps a lot if your dog can is ever lost or stolen. Since 1938, Dog's nose print has been accepted as proof of identity in the Canadian Kennel Club.
Do you want to check if it's true or not? Take a tissue or a paper towel and apply non-toxic ink or food coloring to your dog’s snout. Then light press some sort of paper against the nose. There you go. That's your dog's unique nose prints.
Dogs are capable of detecting sadness in humans
Have you ever wondered what your dog feels when you're talking to them? Well, we're getting closer to an answer. A recent study published in the journal Current Biology suggested that humans and dogs go a long way back. Dogs and humans have spent centuries together, and they have learned to understand each other.
These new findings suggest pooches and humans process emotion very similarly.
No wonder dogs are good at listening and detecting our emotions. They are actually tuned in with how we feel. So, if you're sad, chances are your dog will see it and will even initiate cuddling to make you happy. And there you have another reason why you should quickly go and get yourself a dog.
Dogs have 3-eyelids
Dogs have three eyelids that serve different purposes; an upper lid, a lower lid, and the third one, which plays the role of keeping the dirt out and prevent it from going dry. The canine eyes work much like the human eyes. Humans, on the other hand, have only two eyelids.
You must have noticed your dog’s pupils contract and relax. This determines how much light the eyes are letting in. Dogs contract their pupils at low light or when they are alerted and excited.
Coupled with their hearing abilities, their eyes can see in the dark very well compared to humans. That is why humans have kept and trained dogs to watch their livestock and belongings for so long.
Dogs can smell objects miles away
According to a study, a dog can smell millions of times better than humans. Dog's olfactory abilities can detect minute changes in a human's scent. These fluffballs have between 125 million to 300 million scent glands which differ according to breeds. The olfactory cortex of dogs is about 40 times larger as compared to humans.
Scent chemicals are absorbed in a dog's body with the help of its wet nose. While humans largely depend on their eyesight to observe the world, a dog's perspective is encompassed by a mixture of colorful scents.
They are regularly recruited in the military and police service because their snouts are essentially contraband radar.
Which Dog has the best sense of smell, you ask? Well, that honor goes to the Bloodhound with 300 million scent glands.
Dogs can hear three times louder than humans
Did you know that dogs have three times better hearing capacity than us? Well, now you know. They can hear in a range of 40 Hz to 60,000 Hz. Humans, however, can only hear as far as 20,000 Hz. Their more robust hearing capacities help them detect thieves from afar. They can also hear varied frequencies.
So, if a human can hear a sound from 20 ft away, your dog can attend four times far away, i-e 80 ft. However, they can't hear lower frequencies as humans do. You might have noticed that their spectrum starts from 40 Hz. That makes us humans better at detecting low frequencies compared to our drooling fluffballs.
Geomagnetic dog poop
Are you a frustrated dog owner who always wonders why your fluffball likes to twirl around before doing their business? The most acceptable theory is that it is related to the magnetic field of the earth.
Dogs poop facing a certain direction so that they can calibrate their built-in compass.
This theory has much to do with dogs liking to mark their territory for their poop business. And facing north is just easy to find again.
We don't believe in it because even scientists have come up with a new theory once in a while. Though, don't get frustrated about your Dog twirling around. He might be so excited to get food again.
Dogs get high when you rub their ears
Yes, you heard that right. Dogs get a natural high when you rub their ears well. You might've noticed how their mood instantly elevates when their ears are tickled. Just like humans, animals love massages too.
They come near you, start looking at the ceiling, and sometimes even begin sighing at you. These all are the signs that your companion loves it and wants it more.
It's all because they have a branch of nerves in their ears that extend to their internal organs. When you massage those branches, they release a hormone called endorphins.
It sends them relaxing impulses through their bodies and gives them a natural high. Go ahead and show your dog love by giving them massages that trigger relaxation and happiness.
Dogs do not see in black & white
Earlier, vets used to believe that dogs were color blind. But recent studies have revealed otherwise. If you think that dogs live in a black and white world, then you might be wrong. Dogs have only two cones in their eyes, which means they can recognize many colors, including yellow, brown, gray, and tinges of blue.
While we can't ask dogs to identify colors, their behavior shows that they can see colors. So, if you want to buy your Dog some toys, you might want to consider the colors yellow, blue, grey, and brown.
However, their vision is not as precise as a human's vision, so that you can buy cheap stuff. They wouldn't know!
Dogs have Eureka moments
You know that feeling when you get excited about solving a problem? It turns out humans are not the only ones who feel those epiphanies. Researchers at the University of Agricultural Science revealed that your Dog loves to solve problems to obtain a reward. Want to try it?
Act like you're dying in a swimming pool. We can bet your loyal companions will come to save you. Or maybe cry in front of them, and you'll see they'll go out of their way to show you, love. These fantastic creatures love to take on your problems.
This was our list of ten fun and amazing facts that we enjoyed compiling for you guys. If you loved them as much as we did, please share them around. Also, give your drooling balls a big hug today and a little treat if you can. They deserve it.
Article by Dr. Saba Afzal
Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine