1. Both cats and dogs slurp water the same way.
People generally think dogs do everything messier than cats, but there are some similarities, like this one for instance. Both cats and dogs bend the tip of their tongue the same way and raise water to their mouths.
2. Dogs possess a sense of time.
If you thought your dog knew his time for a meal or toilet just because you trained him to do so at the exact same time of day, you are wrong. Dogs do have a sense of time and some studies have even shown that they react differently to different amounts of time their owners are gone. The more time you’re gone, the more they miss you.
3. Dogs use their whiskers to ‘see’ in the dark.
Their whiskers pick up changes in air currents and based on that the dog can estimate the shape, size, and speed of things in his vicinity.
4. Dogs can see in the dark.
Dog’s eyes have a special membrane caller ‘tapetum lucidum’ which allows them to see in dark places.
5. Almost half of all the dogs in the World sleep with their owners.
A few studies were conducted and it is estimated that around 45% of all pet dogs in the world share their owner’s beds.
6. Dogs have almost three times stronger bite pressure than humans.
The strongest dogs, like the American Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, or a German shepherd, exert 320 pounds of bite pressure. Human beings exert around 120 pounds.
7. Dogs have more teeth than humans.
Adult humans have 32 teeth, while dogs have 42. Puppies have 28.
8. A song called ‘A Day in the Life’ by The Beatles has a special sound added just for dogs?
Rumour has it that at the very end of this song, Paul McCartney added in an ultrasonic whistle sound, dedicated to his Shetland sheepdog.
9. Dogs hear much better than humans.
While this is no mystery, it is interesting to know that scientists have estimated that a dog’s hearing is 4 times better than humans. This means they can hear farther and hear higher pitches of sound. Puppies are born deaf, but they quickly surpass humans, but same as humans, dog’s hearing decreases with age.
10. Dogs have a sense of smell much better than humans.
Also a well known fact, but the figures around this one vary from study to study. It is estimated that dogs’ sense of smell can be from 1000 to 10 million times better than that of a human being.
11. Dogs can smell feelings.
Every mood change in a human being is followed by an appropriate change in their bodily functions, and in their sent. Dogs pick up on this and can tell the difference. They can even sense early stages of many diseases and pregnancy.
12. Why do dogs chase their tails?
Dogs chase their tails for various reasons. It could be anything from their predatory instincts, curiosity, exercise, fleas, anxiety, etc…
13. Dogs dream!
Dogs have the same type of a slow wave sleep as humans (SWS) and REM (rapid eye movement). Dogs dream during their REM stages and as a sign move their paws or twitch.
14. Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic.
Two Pomeranians and one Pekingese, all dogs from first class cabins, survived the ship’s sinking.
15. Why are dogs’ noses wet?
This happens because of the secretion of a thin layer of mucous, a fluid that helps with the scent absorption. The secretion is then licked and the scent is sampled via their mouths.
16. Food tastes better to dogs.
Dogs can sense up to 1700 taste buds, while humans can only sense about 9000.
17. How old is a one year old dog in human age?
A one year old dog is proportionally physically mature as a 15 year old human.
18. How intelligent is a dog?
It is estimated that a mature dog is as smart as a two year owl human child. It is also believed that dogs can learn to understand up to 250 different words and gestures.
19. Dogs do sweat.
It is widely believed that dogs do not sweat. They do, but only through their paws. Sweat glands are located in between the pads on a dog’s paw.
20. Dogs and humans have the same heartbeats.
A large dog’s resting heartbeat count per minute is between 60 and 100, same as humans.