10 Interesting Facts About your Dog

Domesticated pets are very fun creatures, but have you ever wondered why they do some of the things they do?

Your cat may seems smart, but how sharp is his memory? Why is it your dog can always outrun you? Is it your imagination, or does it seem like your bird is always eating? Here are some interesting facts bound to keep you guessing.

Dog Facts

Dogs can only sweat from the pads of their feet, the only way they can discharge heat is by panting. Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating.

Old dog, new tricks? Yes, this is possible with patience and understanding you can teach your old dog new tricks, but it depends on what you are trying to teach him, or maybe un-teach your  dog,  which can be very difficult. Dogs are capable to learn at any age, just like humans.

A dog’s nose has about 4 times as many scent cells as a cat’s and 14 times more than a human’s. That’s why dogs are often used to track down illegal drugs and missing persons. They can sniff  out their dinner from any room in the house!

  • Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears.
  • Dogs have about 10 vocal sounds.
  • Dogs do not have an appendix.

According to a recent survey, the most popular name for a dog is Max. Other popular names include Molly, Sam, Zach, and Maggie. An estimated 1 million dogs in the United States have been named the primary beneficiary in their owner’s will.

  • There are more than 350 different breeds of dogs worldwide.
  • Dalmatians are born spotless: at first pure white, their spots develop as they age.
  • Contrary to popular belief, dogs aren’t color blind; they can see shades of blue, yellow, green and gray. The color red registers on a grayscale in a dog’s vision.Dogs see in color, but not the same way that we do. Veterinary ophthalmologists have found that dogs are similar to people with red/green color blindness, meaning they can see bluish and greenish shades but not reddish ones. To a dog, a bright orange ball on a grassy lawn appears as a light greenish ball in greenish grass. Go fetch!
  • Most domestic dogs are capable of reaching speeds up to about nineteen miles per hour when running at full speed.
  • Using their swiveling ears like radar dishes, experiments have shown that dogs can locate the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second.
  • Domesticated for more than 10,000 years, the dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans.
  • Every known dog, except the chow, has a pink tongue – a chow’s tongue is black.
  • Dogs can alert their owners of an epileptic seizure up to an hour before it occurs.
  • Walt Disney’s family dog was named Lady. She was a poodle.
  • The dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans.
  • The heaviest dog ever weighed 319 pounds.

The oldest dog ever died at age 29.