Our dogs are the most loyal friends, it only seems reasonable that we would want to learn as much as we can about them. For that reason, we've put together a list of 8 amusing and fascinating canine facts that may surprise you.
Get ready for some fascinating dog facts
1. Dogs' wet noses help in their ability to absorb chemicals
Ever wonder why a dog's nose is generally always wet? This facilitates their absorption of smell compounds. Dogs lick their noses to sample the compounds after their nostrils secrete a particular mucus that aids in absorbing them, which helps the dog recognize the smell.
2. Some Colors Are Visible to Dogs
Contrary to popular belief, dogs are not colorblind. Dogs can see some colours, even though the vast range of colors that humans can enjoy is far greater.
When it comes to dogs, their retinas only have the types of cones needed to see the colors blue and yellow. But don't feel sorry for your dog. Although their color vision is limited, dogs have an advantage over humans in terms of the number of rods in their retinas. This implies that they have much better night vision than we do.
3. Dogs can be either right or left pawed
Just like us, dogs can be either right or left-pawed. A food retrieval task was done by putting dog food or treats in a tube and dogs reached to pull it out with a paw. This indicated if the dog is right or left pawed. This showed that some dogs use one paw over the other and there are dogs who use them equally.
Dogs pant to control their body temperature. Your dog can take a few minutes to cool off by panting on a hot day or possibly lying down in the shade. Dogs do sweat, but not in the same manner that we do instead they sweat from their paws.
4. Dogs Have a Powerful Sense of Smell
An average dog can detect scents that people cannot. According to studies, dogs have over 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to only about 6 million in humans. Dogs also possess a second olfactory system in their brains, known as the Accessory Olfactory System, which is used to detect scents.
Pheromones are substances that animals create to impact and influence the behavior of other animals, and this system detects them.
5. Over long distances, greyhounds are faster than cheetahs.
Greyhounds are incredibly quick, but did you know they could outrun a cheetah in a race? Greyhounds are great long-distance runners who can maintain a speed of 35 miles per hour for up to 7 miles.
6. Dogs only sweat through their paws.
Dogs sweat to keep themselves cool for the same reasons that people do. Dogs pant a lot when it's hot outside since they can only sweat through their paws. Dogs suffer a lot in cars and they can feel the heat more quickly than humans. It's crucial to keep them out of cars when it's hot outside.
7. Dogs are about as smart as a 2-year-old
Dogs can learn about 100 different words and gestures, making them as intelligent as young children. Some dogs have even been taught to press specific buttons to express their needs and feelings to us, which is incredibly fascinating when you think about it.
8. Just like humans do, they might have dreams about doing doglike things.
Like humans, dogs have a REM period in their sleep cycles, which is when most of our dreaming takes place. Dogs have a sense of time. Studies have proven that they can distinguish between an hour and five. Moreover, they can predict future events, such as regular walk times, if trained to do so.