If you love dogs like we do, you may be surprised by the secret details they are hiding from us !
Here’s a compilation of 12 fun facts about dogs you probably didn’t know until now!
1. There are around 900 million dogs worldwide
About 80% of them are not owned by humans. France is the country with the most pet dogs with a dog to human ratio of 17 to 100.
2. Puppies are born blind and deaf
But rest assured, most of them open their eyes and respond to noises after about two weeks.
3. Their nose is the equivalent of our fingerprints
No two dog noses are the same – they have a unique pattern of ridges and creases.
4. They are not colorblind
They do have trouble distinguishing shades of green and red, but they do see colors such as grays, browns, blues and yellows.
5. The reason dogs sleep curled up
Comes from their basic instinct to protect their vital organs and to keep themselves warm while they sleep.
6. Their sense of smell is 40 times better than ours
Thanks to hundreds of millions of scent receptors, making them the best in sniffing out activities, to find drugs, bodies, bugs, explosives, and so on.
7. Their hearing is better than ours, too
They can pick up sounds that humans simply cannot detect.
8. We have more taste buds than they do
They have about 1700 taste bugs while we have around 9000. That explains their rather less discriminatory taste when it comes to food!
9. Dogs speak with their tails
Researchers have matched each of the following to a key emotion:
Tail wagging to the right = happy
Tail wagging to the left = frightened
Tail is low = insecure
Rapid tail wagging = aggression
10. Your dog’s paws smell like corn
Commonly called “frito feet”, this happens when sweat and bacteria build up.
11. Dogs prefer to poop facing North or South
Have you noticed the twirling? This may be due to them adjusting their orientation!
12. They don’t yawn because they’re sleepy
Instead, yawning may indicate anxiety or stress.
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