25 Things You Didn’t Know About Dogs

Posted by on July 23, 2013

Dog owners know the blessings that dogs can be. Their intelligent antics and goofy sense of humor can brighten anybody’s life. But dogs are more than just k9 companions or dumb animals. In fact, there is a considerable amount of things that make dogs unique within the animal kingdom. Check out these 25 things you didn’t know about dogs and see what we mean.


25

His wild side

Even if dogs have been domesticated since approximately 33,000 years ago, their primal instincts remain active to this day. Some of these instincts include howling at the moon, pack dependency and even territory marking.

24

Dogs can read your face

Research shows that Dogs are the only animals in the animal kingdom that can read the emotions on your face much like humans. In other words dogs can tell at a glance if we are happy, angry or sad just by looking at our faces.

23

Dogs see in color

It’s a common misconception that dogs are completely color blind and can only see in black and white. The truth however is that a dog can see colors, just not as vivid or rich as we can.

22

Dogs are hotter than people..literally

Dogs have a higher body temperature than humans. The average body temperature of a dog is 101 to 103 degrees F. for this reason, fleas are attracted to your dog instead of you.

21

Your mutt and cancer

Cancer isn’t just a life threatening reality for humans; dogs can get cancer as well. Fifty percent of dogs over the age of 10 develop cancer at some point in their lives such as lymphoma, which is a tumor of the lymph nodes, mast cell tumors, which is a form of skin cancer, mammary gland tumors or breast cancer, and soft tissue sarcomas just to name a few.

20

Dr. Spot M.D.

A recent study conducted at the Schillerhöhe Hospital in Germany concluded that dogs have the incredible ability to recognize the scent of certain organic compounds in the human body, which are linked to the presence of lung cancer. This scientific breakthrough proves that canine companions may be instrumental in early detection of an otherwise traditionally hard to detect disease.

19

Dogs don’t like second hand smoke either

A number of studies have indicated that dogs face health risks when exposed to the toxins in secondhand smoke which include respiratory problems, allergies and even nasal and lung cancer.

18

It may not be Arthritis

Limping from a dog can be due to a host of things from a thorn stuck in their paw to arthritis. However, in some occasions, limping can also be a sign of bone cancer. So take any sign of limping seriously and visit your vet as soon as possible.



17

No chocolate please

It turns out that a chemical in chocolate called theobromine is toxic and can seriously, even fatally affect your dog if it ingests between 100 and 150 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.

16

Show me that cute face

One study suggests that the longer and more pronounced a dog’s features are the longer he’ll be around. Conversely, dogs with flatter faces like bulldogs will have shorter lives.

15

Pain inducing thunderstorms

Thunderstorms have particular sound frequencies that can hurt dogs’ ears. The fear that your dog shows at the start of a thunderstorm may actually be a reaction to pain.

14

Sweaty paws

Unlike humans who sweat through theirs skin, dogs sweat through their paws. Check it out next time your dog seems to be hot.

13

Noseprint identity

Just as humans can be identified by their fingerprints, dogs can be identified by their nose prints because like human fingerprints a dogs nose print is unique to that dog.

12

Power sniff

Dogs have a powerful sense of smell. So powerful that it has been estimated to be one thousand times more sensitive than that of a human.

11

Dogs in a pack

Dogs are pack animals and view their human/owner as the leader.