You’re not going to believe some of the bizarre dog facts found on this list. As most dog owners can tell you, dogs are incredible creatures. They are intelligent, loving, loyal, and have a set of skills that have made our lives better. Dogs are such integral parts of our society that for most of us, dogs are family. These incredible creatures are so familiar to us that it’s easy to overlook just how fascinating they are. But today, that’s about to change. Check out these 25 bizarre dog facts you need to know.
Domestic dogs can breed with wolves.
Since dogs and wolves still share similar enough DNA, they are capable of mating and breeding pups. Called Wolfdogs, there are an estimated 300,000 in the United States.
Dogs sometimes smell like Fritos.
Now here’s a weird dog fact. Many pet owners have said their dog may smell like popcorn or Fritos. Believe it or not, that smell has nothing to do with their diet. It’s actually bacteria growing on their paws.
Unlike most of the animal kingdom, small dogs live longer than large dogs.
In most of the animal kingdom, size has been correlated with longevity but not so in dogs. Scientists have been baffled about why smaller dogs tend to live longer. Some think larger dogs grow faster as puppies and may develop diseases because of it. Small dogs live from 10 to 15 years, medium sized dogs 10 to 13, and large dogs 8 to 12 years.
Dogs have three eyelids.
Like humans, dogs have both an upper and lower eyelid but they’ve also got a third called the nictitating membrane. It has various functions including clearing debris and mucus and producing tears.
A dog's sense of smell is far superior to humans.
Dogs have a great sense of smell, most people know that. However, what they might not know is some dogs can have a sense of smell 100,000 more acute than our own. They have about 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses. Humans only have 6 million.
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