25 Things You Didn’t Know About Dogs

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All animals in the animal kingdom are special and unique in their own ways; however, everyone knows man’s best friend is ultimately the dog. With their incredibly intelligent characteristics and their humorous antics, it’s impossible to not love the furry canines. Dogs are so much more than just a companion. In fact, there are 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 share your favorite fact from the list with dog lovers everywhere!

25

Dogs are still primal animals.

howling dog

Even if dogs have been domesticated for approximately 33,000 years, 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.

attentive dog

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.

colorblindness test

It’s a very 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 many colors as we are able to.

22

Dogs are hotter than people, literally.

dog with thermometer

Dogs have a higher body temperature than humans. The average body temperature of a dog is 101 to 103 degrees F, while the average human temperate is 98.6 °F. This is why fleas are attracted to your dog instead of you.

21

Dogs, like humans, can have cancer.

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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 some type of cancer (from lymphoma to skin cancer and many things in between) at some point in their lives.



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