27 Little Known Facts About Dogs

Did you know that dogs are the most abundant predators on earth? Yes, your Pomeranian and Pug are included in that group! And that their nose is moist all the time for a reason – it helps scent molecules stick to it, and enhance their sense of smell.

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Dogs curl up in a ball when they sleep due to an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and protect their abdomen and vital organs from predators. While the Chow Chow dogs are well known for their distinctive blue-black tongues, they're actually born with pink tongues. They turn blue-black at 8-10 weeks of age. Sound frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz). The higher the Hertz, the higher-pitched the sound. Dogs hear best at 8,000 Hz, while humans hear best at around 2,000 Hz. Dogs' noses secrete a thin layer of mucous that helps them absorb scent. They then lick their noses to sample the scent through their mouth. 45% of dogs sleep in their owner's bed (we're pretty sure a large percentage also hog the blankets!) Dogs' eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark. Dalmatian puppies are pure white when they are born and develop their spots as they grow older. Puppies have 28 teeth and normal adult dogs have 42. Dogs chase their tails for a variety of reasons: curiosity, exercise, anxiety, predatory instinct or, they might have fleas! If your dog is chasing his tail excessively, talk with your vet. It's rumored that, at the end of the Beatles song, The Newfoundland breed has a water resistant coat and webbed feet. This dog was originally bred to help haul nets for fishermen and rescuing people at risk of drowning. Until the twentieth century dogs' teeth were used as money by Solomon Island natives. Dogs and cats consume over $11 billion worth of pet food a year Dogs and cats, like people, are either right-handed or left-handed-that is, these animals favor either right or left paws. Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating, they sweat through the pads of their feet. One million stray dogs and 500,000 stray cats live in New York city metropolitan area. Dogs' sense of smell is about 100,000 times stronger than humans', but they have just one-sixth our number of taste buds. The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kubla Khan. Dogs, nose prints are as unique as human fingerprints and can be used to identify them. A dog's shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running. The earliest European images of dogs are found in cave paintings dating back 12,000 years ago in Spain. The dumbest dog in the world is the Afghan hounds. Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which may be deadly to dogs. It is much easier for dogs to learn spoken commands if they are given in conjunction with hand signals or gestures. Chocolate can kill dogs, as it contains theobromine, which affects their heart and nervous system. A dog's sense of smell is 1,000 times more sensitive than a humans.
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