Through the years I have learned a lot of fascinating things about dog behavior, dog care and just random (and sometimes, useless) dog facts like, did you know on average a city dog lives three years longer than a country dog? Or that Teddy Roosevelt had a dog named Pete who ripped the pants off a French ambassador while he was visiting the White house? Below are some more of the most interesting things I have learned!
When dogs drink their tongues actually fold backwards to form a cup which carries water back into their mouth. Here's a neat video that shows the built in cup in action!
Your dog could be a hero!
Just like people, when dogs have surgeries or face life threatening injuries they too need blood transfusions and your dog could be a donor!
Dogs may not have unique finger prints like people but they do have unique nose prints! If you REALLY love your pooch you can immortalize them by having their nose print made into a unique necklace or key-chain just visit this site.
Dogs are a lot smarter than most people give them credit for. With some time and a little (okay a lot) of training a dog can understand over 250 different words and gestures. They're as smart as a two year old child!
If your interested in learning more I highly recommend reading The Genius of Dogs- How dogs are smarter than you think by Brian Hare
Seeds of Death
Don't let your pup consume any apple or pear seeds. They contain arsenic and can be deadly even in small doses (Depending on the size of your pooch)
Fido's not Sick!
If you have ever taken your dogs temperature and thought they were sick because it reads above 98.6 degrees, you are wrong (kinda)! They would actually be experiencing hypothermia at that reading! Normal body temperature for a dog is between 100 and 102.5 degrees!
Big Boned or Teeny Tiny
All dogs are identical in anatomy and bone count regardless of size or breed. There are 321 bones in every dog and 42 permanent teeth in every pooch mouth!
Dogs are NOT color blind.
It is a common myth that dogs are color blind. They, in fact, are not. They do see color though not as vividly as we do. They can see blue, greenish-yellow, yellow and various shades of gray.
Dogs, unlike humans, only sweat through the pads of their feet, this is the only place they have sweat glands!
In the United States over 1,000,000 dogs are listed as the primary beneficiary in their owners wills.
Mom to THOUSANDS
An unaltered female dog could potentially mother over 66,000 puppies in just 6 years. (Spaying and neutering is SUPER important!)
With over 10 years of experience through ownership and rescue work, I hope to share my knowledge and insight to happier, healthier fur kids. Have a question, feel free to ask!