There are a lot of dog breeds in the world and even more cross breeds than can be counted. Every breed has its own particular set of characteristics and personalities. But the most important fact will always be that dogs are wonderful, loveable companions and fascinating creatures.
10 Surprising things you did not know about dogs
- The “smell” centre of a dog’s brain is 40 times the size of humans’. We know a dog can smell better than a human, but did you know that not two dog noses are the same. A dog’s nose is like a human fingerprint, each with a unique pattern.
- The “Newfoundland breed” of dogs has a water resistant coat and webbed feet. These dogs were bred to help haul nets for fishermen and to rescue drowning people.
- Cruising on the Titanic, paid off in being a lap dog. Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic. Two Pomeranians and one Pekingese made it to shore via rescue boats. All were from First Class cabins.
- Newborn dogs are still developing, that is why their ears and eyes are still closed.
- Your dog is as smart as your two-year-old toddler. Man’s best friend can count and understand over 150 words. They can manipulate you or other dogs to get something.
- Dogs do have a sixth sense. Dogs can detect a storm and even bad things about to happen. Dogs can sense illnesses, like cancer.
- Dogs only sweat through their paws. Unlike humans that sweat all over, dogs only have sweat glands in their paws.
- Dogs like to sleep in their human’s beds.
- Dogs do not see only black and white. It is believed that dogs actually see primarily in blue, greenish-yellow and various shades of grey.
- Dogs dream just like people. Researchers found that dogs have similar sleep patterns and brain activity as humans. They also found that small breeds tend to dream more than the larger breeds. It is suggested that they probably dream about familiar activities like playing.
Dogs notice when their human is sad, mad or uncertain. That may be why they are seen as man’s best friend.