Updated: Aug 26
Fun Facts About Dogs
Celebrated on August 26, International Dog Day was created to honor dogs for their companionship and to bring attention to the plight of dogs around the world. It is also a day to celebrate the unique bond between dogs and their owners.
Dogs are some of the most popular pets in the world. There are a number of general fun facts about dogs that you should know;
1. No two dog noses are the same
A dog’s nose is the equivalent of a human fingerprint, with each having a unique pattern of ridges and creases. The patterns can even be used to identify individual animals.
2. Dogs dream like people
Have you ever noticed your pooch twitching in her sleep? This is probably because she’s dreaming. According to researchers, dogs have similar sleep patterns and brain activity as humans, and that small breeds tend to dream more than large ones. They sometimes tend to imagine familiar activities like playing outside or chasing their tail.
3. Dogs are Smart as a two-year-old
Your child and puppy could be at par when it comes to brains. A dog can also understand more than 150 words, and even trick people or other dogs to get treats.
4. Tail Wagging Has Its Own Language
If your dog wags its tail, it doesn’t necessarily mean that she is happy. If a dog wags its tail to the right, it means that its happy. If they wag it to the left, it means they are frightened. Wagging low means they’re insecure, and rapid tail wagging accompanied by tense muscles or dilated pupils can signal aggression.
5. Puppies are Born Blind and Deaf
When puppies are born, the ear canals and eyes are usually closed. Most respond to noises and open their eyes after about two weeks.
6. Dogs have a sixth sense
Dogs behave oddly before something bad happens. Whining, erratic behavior, or trying to hide in a safe place are clues that they could be giving a signal that something is not right.
7. Dogs Have Sweat Glands in their Paws
Although they cool down by panting, dogs have sweat glands in their paws.
8. A smell of Corn on your dog’s paws could be worrying
You might notice the faint scent of corn or popcorn around your dog’s paws. This could actually suggest that there is a build-up of bacteria in their paws.
9. Dogs Get Jealous
It is not exactly similar to how adults experience jealousy but similar to how infants get jealous. That certainly tracks with dogs’ intelligence being on par with that of a toddler.
10. Dogs Sniff Butts to Learn About Each Other
Dog sniffing is a common dog greeting and a dog’s unique smell is secreted in its glands, and yes, those scent glands are located in their backsides.