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30 Awesome Facts about Dogs


 

The dog is considered to be the best friend of man. This is because some of the traits that they have has gained them a prominent place in society. These characteristics include loyalty, friendship, protectiveness, and affection.

They are also considered to be one of the world’s most common and popular domestic animals. Dogs have lived with humans for over 12,000 years. Their roles were hunting companion companions, protectors, and friends. However different parts of the world have different perceptions of dogs. 

Here are some of the 30 awesome facts about dogs you should know for dog lovers;

1. Why do dogs lick you?

Dog licking is a natural and impulsive behavior, which should not worry you not unless when it becomes obsessive. However,  the licking habit may be a way for the dog is trying to communicate with you, express love, or get your attention. It is therefore advisable that if you notice that your dog has an excessive licking habit you should consult a veterinary. 

2. Women who sleep next to dogs sleep better than women who sleep next to human partners

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People who have furry friends frequently enjoy their pet’s company so much that they like to sleep in the same bed as them. It has, however, been noted not only are the dogs only man’s best friends but also they are women’s best friends.

However, studies show that women who sleep next to dogs sleep better than women who sleep next to human partners or other pets. According to research most of the women who participated in the research revealed that most of those who sleep next to dogs experience higher levels of comfort and security compared to cats and humans. This may be influenced by the fact that dogs are well known for their capability to protect their keepers and scare off any intruders. It has therefore been noted that dogs can encourage better sleeping habits with owners.

3. They can read our emotions

Dogs seem to have a special talent for knowing exactly how we feel. Their ability to communicate with humans is unique among animal species. As they can be able to sense our emotions.

According to research, it has been determined that dogs appear to be able to detect human emotions using only their ears, at least for happiness, fear, and sadness using the right side of their brain for negative emotions and the left side for positive ones.

4. They can help humans with depression

Dogs do not only protect humans but also provide a variety of services to humans, such as emotional support. While you’re in hospitals, nursing homes, or rehabilitation centers you will notice therapy dogs wandering in halls to cheer up the patients.

However, therapy animals have been shown to assist people in improving their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive abilities. Therefore therapy d s are trained to provide patients with affection and encouragement.

5. About three dogs survived the RMS  Titanic 

RMS Titanic departed Southampton on April 10, 1912. By Francis Godolphin Osbourne Stuart –Wikipedia

The RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner operated by the White Star Line that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912. The ship collided with an iceberg on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, United States. It is considered the deadliest sinking of a single ship since more than 1,500  of the estimated 2,224 passengers and crew died in the tragedy.

On the titanic, there were also many animals aboard. They were dogs, cats, chickens, other birds, and an unknown number of rats among them. However, about three out of twelve dogs survived, while other animals died. Their owners escorted three of the dogs aboard lifeboats. Margaret Hays’ Pomeranian survived in Lifeboat 7 until June 1917,  whereas Elizabeth Rothschild refused to board Lifeboat 6 unless her Pomeranian could accompany her. While Henry and Myra Harper brought their Pekingese aboard Lifeboat 3.

6. The average lifespan of a dog

Dog age differs by breed and has an impact on the dog’s health and physical ability. Nevertheless, the average lifespan of a dog is considered to be about 10-12 years. Even though it can vary depending on the breed of dog. Some breeds of dogs, such as toy poodles, have a much longer lifespan of around 15-20 years.

7.  They can hear four times better than humans

Have you wondered why a dog would just start barking in a certain direction while you a chilling in the house on a quiet afternoon and it is just you and the dog? or noticed that your dog’s ear prick up as if they are listening to something which you cannot hear but leaves wondering what they are listening to?

Here is the thing you should know to avoid questioning such incidents. The hearing ability of dogs is four times more sensitive compared to that of humans. They can hear sounds that are four times far away, sounds with higher frequency, differentiate sounds, and also pinpoint the location that the sound is coming from.  This is possible for dogs because their ear is controlled by about 18 muscles while we human beings have only about six. Dogs can tilt and rotate their ear able to direct sound into their inner ears

8. A stray dog was the first mammal to orbit the Earth

Strelka space dog, By Музей Космонавтики – Wikipedia

Animals have been used in space exploration programs since the beginning. This is because no one knew what spaceflight was like during the early day of using rocket science. Therefore, engineers would fly animals like dogs, monkeys, and chimps to learn how they would launch and land living creatures and also get an understanding of how spaceflight would perhaps affect human bodies.

However, a stray dog which was called Laika was the first mammal to orbit the Earth. The dog was launched by the Soviet Union in 1957 but it eventually died in the orbit. It was therefore considered the first animal to orbit the Earth. But the first animals to orbit the Earth and safely land were still dogs. They were Strelka and Belka on the Soviet Sputnik 5 mission in 1960.

9. Greyhounds are the world’s fastest dogs

Some of the factors that contribute to the dog’s speed include long legs, a flexible spine, a large heart, fast-twitch muscles, and a double suspension gait. Greyhounds can run at a speed of 72 kilometers per hour.

Greyhounds are, therefore, widely regarded as the fastest dogs due to their ability to reach the highest instantaneous speed. Salukis, deerhounds, and vizslas are among the other dog breeds that can reach speeds of up to 40 mph. These dogs excel at sprinting and running over short distances.

10. They can detect cancer

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The dogs’  unusual sense of smell has been used by humans in various ways. Human beings, however, have mostly trained dogs how to sniff out explosives and narcotics. But in reality, not only the dogs’ extraordinary sense of smell can be used to sniff out explosives and narcotics but it can also be used in the medical world.

Dogs can detect some diseases cancer included.  Like many other diseases that dogs can detect, cancer also leaves distinct traces like odor signatures. Therefore dogs can detect this signature depending on the type of cancer that one has. Some of the cancer types that dogs can detect include; breast cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and colorectal cancer. 

11. The oldest dog lived to be 29 years old

The life span of dogs depends on the type of breed, size, dog health, and physical capability. However small adult dogs live out only for about 15-16 years while the medium and large dog has a lifespan of 10-20 years.

But in some rare cases, some dogs can live longer than expected.  Bluey which is an Australian Cattle dog lived for about 29 years. It is regarded as the oldest dog ever, even though she died in 1939.

12. The tallest dog on record is 44 inches

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The tallest dog on record is Zeus, a Great Dane who measured 44 inches at the shoulder and weighed 155 pounds. Zeus was owned by Denise Doorlag of Otsego, Michigan, USA.

13. The heaviest dog on record weighed about 343 pounds

The heaviest dog on record was an English mastiff named Aicama Zorba, who weighed in at 343 pounds. The current record holder for the world’s heaviest dog is a Neapolitan mastiff named Zorba, who weighed in at 343 pounds.

14. They can dream

Dogs dream just like humans do since their brains function the same while they are asleep. They experience REM sleep, and during this stage, they have vivid dreams. It’s not clear what dogs dream about, but some experts believe that they may be replaying memories or experiences from their day.

15. Petting a Dog  can reduce blood pressure

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Growing up in an environment that is surrounded by animals can help to create a better immune system. However, there are more reasons to love and adopt a dog. Dogs, in one way or the other, manage to play a major role in society and also in their keeper’s life. For dog lovers did you know that the more you talk to or pet your dog the more likely you are going to reduce blood pressure or stress?

Several studies have found that dog owners have lower blood pressure compared to non-owners. This is likely because their pets are calming and dog owners get more exercise. The sense of touch appears to be an important component of the “pet effect.” Several studies have also found that petting a dog lowers blood pressure.

16. A dog’s nose print is unique, almost identical to a person’s fingerprint

 Just like the way we human beings can identify with our fingerprints as dogs and cats. Their nose print is unique from each other and so the nose acts like a fingerprint when we compare it to human beings.

17. They are born deaf and blind

Dogs are born deaf and blind, but their sense of smell is highly developed. This allows them to find their mother and littermates. As they grow older, their hearing and vision improve.

18. They sweat through their paws

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Sweating is a bodily function that aids in the regulation of body temperature. When your body temperature rises, your nervous system automatically activates sweat glands. However, when it comes to dogs we are only used to them panting in hot weather but the real question is do dogs sweat?

Yes, dogs do sweat, but they only sweat in specific areas of their bodies. They have these two types of sweat glands merocrine glands and apocrine glands. These sweat glands are located on their paw pads, this is because the paws have little fur. Most dogs are covered in fur which would make it difficult for the dogs to sweat if the sweat gland are located in the part of the bodies that have fur since the sweat wouldn’t evaporate.

19. They have a third eyelid

Dogs have a third eyelid, called a nictitating membrane, which helps protect their eyes from debris and keeps them lubricated. When a dog’s eyes are irritated, the nictitating membrane may be more visible.

20.  There are numerous advantages to having a dog for autistic children

Just like the therapy dog and service dogs are trained to take care of their human, so as the autism service dogs. They can be trained to recognize and help prevent some of the self-harming behaviors, to calm a child when they have a meltdown, and also to bark to alert parents or caretakers when a child needs their assistance or help.

However, they are various advantages of having a dog for autistic children. Some of the benefits include helping them build relationships, confidence, calming their anxieties and during the meltdown. The following are some of the breeds that are considered to be the best for autistic children. They include; Labrador Retriever,  Golden Retriever, Poodle, Old English Sheepdog, and  Beagle

21. They are incredible swimmers

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It may be true that dogs are incredible swimmers but not all dogs can swim. However, they are those that can swim, others that can be trained to swim, and some who cannot swim unless they have life jackets.

Most dogs that can swim and do so with enthusiasm because they adore the water. They are quick to jump in and ‘doggie’ paddle around whenever the opportunity arises. 

22. They  are descendants of wolves

While dogs are descendants of wolves, there are a few key differences between the two. For one, dogs are much more social creatures than wolves. They enjoy being around people and other dogs, while wolves are more solitary creatures. Additionally, dogs have been bred to be much smaller than wolves, which helps make them more manageable as pets. Finally, dogs have been bred to have a much more docile temperament than wolves, making them less likely to attack people or other animals.

23. They are as smart as the two-year-old

Various studies that shown that dogs can learn the same amount of words and commands as a two old human baby. However, the average words that a dog can understand are about 165 words, while the most intelligent ones can understand up to 250 words.

24. Whiskers help dogs see in the dark

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Whiskers are highly tuned sensory systems that guide a dog through his daily activities. These hairs play a role like antennae on insects. They, therefore, aid vision and help a dog to navigate his surrounding.

Whiskers are highly tuned sensory devices that guide a dog through his daily activities. These specialized hairs, like antennae on insects, aid vision and help a dog navigate his environment by providing additional sensory input. They can also assist them in seeing in the dark and determining whether or not they can fit through small spaces.

25. Smaller dogs live longer

Smaller dogs live longer than larger dogs because larger dogs age faster. The large dogs tend to have a medium life span of about 13.38 years while the small dogs have a medium life span of about 15 years.

26. The most popular breed of dog in the UK is the Labrador Retriever

The Labrador retriever is a popular breed of dog in the United Kingdom. They are known for their loyalty, obedience, and friendly nature. Labradors are one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the world and are often used as service dogs or assistance dogs. They are also popular family pets.

27. They can predict the weather

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Dogs have excellent hearing and smelling senses. The smell sense of the dogs allows them to detect changes in barometric pressure, which varies with weather patterns. They can, therefore, detect changes in pressure because scents travel faster or slower as pressure changes. They can also detect changes in the electric field and can also predict an incoming storm much earlier than humans.

Even though dogs can be able to predict the weather, they do not know how they can let you know. So they alert their keepers by either growling, barking, guarding, cowering, alertness, panting, and also looking for shelter for the income rain.

28. Cats and dogs do not hate each other

Most of us believe that cats and dogs hate each other maybe because we have multiple times seen them chasing after each other. But in reality, is that they do not hate each other, it is just that when dogs were tamed, they were trained to chase and hunt small, furry animals. So the dogs see cats their fight insight is to chase after them.

However, cats and dogs that are kept together in one house form an awesome bond. Since they are no predatory situations in the house.

29. Female dogs squat when they urinate to leave their scent closer to the ground

Female dogs squat when they urinate to leave their scent closer to the ground. By squatting, they can spread their urine over a larger area, which increases the chances that other dogs will be able to smell it. This behavior is thought to be beneficial for both social and reproductive purposes.

30. They are  many breeds of dogs

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There are about 339 dog breeds, which are divided into  different  groups based on the dog’s purpose or function, as well as its appearance or size. Some of the different  groups are as follows: Swiss Cattle Dogs, Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs, Molossoid breeds, Pinscher and Schnauzer, Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs, Terriers, Spitz and primitive types of Dachshunds, Scenthounds and Companions, Setters and pointers, Water Dogs, Retrievers, and Flushing Dogs, Toy and companion dogs and Sighthounds