Dogs aren’t just loving and loyal, they’re amazing. There are probably a few things about man’s best friend you didn’t know. Check out these 10 fascinating facts:
10 Fascinating Facts About Dogs
1 Dogs can tell time. Well, maybe Rover can’t tell you when it’s 3:30 but he will wait by the door around that time because it’s the time the kids arrive on the school bus. They’re capable of predicting future events based on past experiences.
2. Dogs get jealous. A University of California San Diego study shows that dogs can show jealous behavior when their owner gives too much affection to someone or something else. The study involved owners paying attention to three objects—a stuffed dog, a book, and a child’s bucket. Of course, their dogs were most jealous of the stuffed dog.
3. Dogs can smell illness. It’s no secret that a dog’s sense of smell is thousands of times more keen than a human’s. When you’re sick, your metabolism changes which causes changes in the enzymes in your mouth which the dog can smell. Also, cancer cells release different waste products than healthy cells which smell different. Several studies have shown that dogs are sometimes more accurate in sniffing out cancer than screening tests.
4. The average lifespan of a dog is 10 to 13 years with smaller breeds living the longest.
5. Dogs tend to poop in alignment with the earth’s magnetic field. The next time you have to tell Spot to hurry up and do his business, watch how he lines up his body with the earth’s North-South axis. It seems dogs prefer to face north when doing their business (although it doesn’t always happen). A team of scientists studied dog behavior and noted the alignment of dogs’ spines which were recorded using hand-held compasses. Fascinating. Now, you may never lose your way in the woods again!
6. Newborn puppies are almost as helpless as human babies. Though they mature much more rapidly, puppies are born blind, deaf, and without teeth.
7. A dog’s mouth is not cleaner than a human’s. Did you really believe it was? Dogs drag home roadkill and even eat the droppings other animals leave behind.
8. Dogs are not color blind. But, they do see color differently than humans. Besides shades of black and white, the dog’s color field includes shades of blue, violet, and yellow.
9. We love our dogs! The United States has the highest population of pet dogs in the world—75.8 million.
10. Yes, your dog’s feet do smell like corn chips. It turns out, that earthy corn-chip smell is a totally natural and a common effect of certain bacteria that live on even the cleanest dog paws.