10 Interesting Facts About
Every day, we sit and watch our dogs do seemingly amazing things. But, do we really understand everything that
makes our furry friends so special? In today's message I want to touch on 10 things that I find simply
fascinating about dogs.
They truly are amazing creatures, with more
intelligence and abilities that we give them credit for.
Let's take a closer look at just how incredibly they truly are:
1. Canine Ears - Dogs can register over 35,000 vibrations a second. To
give you an idea of how many that is, the human ear can only register 20,000 vibrations a second. Dogs have a
hearing capacity 75% greater than our own.
2. Longevity - Most people assume dogs can only live for 10+ years, but
the world's oldest dogs managed to live for over 20 years. In fact, the oldest dog to ever live survived for 29
years and 5 months.
3. Seeing At Night - Dogs have a few sight myths. They can see in color,
but to a very limited degree. Additionally, they have better night vision than we do because of special
reflective layers in their eyes.
4. As Warriors
- Dogs have been trained to do many things in human
history, including riding alongside in battle. In the middle ages, trained mastiffs
run in alongside knights. Germans in World War II were also said to have used them to blow up tanks.
5. Jaws of Steel
- A dog's jaws are its most powerful weapon. Whereas most
hunters have claws as well, dogs can exert almost 200 pounds of pressure in each square inch with their jaws,
far more than a human being ever could.
6. Nose Prints - Every dog has a unique nose print on par with human
finger prints. In fact, these nose prints have been used in the past to identify dogs that were lost or accused
7. Anatomy - Despite their size differences and shapes, every dog is
almost identical in terms of anatomy with 321 bones and 42 permanent teeth. Variations occur in size and length
of these bones of course, with large number of variants in organ placement as well.
8. Puppy Sleep - Puppies will sleep for 90% of the day for the first
handful of weeks. Many people mistake this for illness and many vets will see countless "sleepy" puppies every
9. Dog Ownership
- Nearly 35% of all
American households own a dog and more than 5 million puppies are born in the US every year.
10. Dog's Ears
- The ears of a dog have twice as many muscles as
human ears. Their ability to move and control their ears is equal to our ability to swivel and bend our
Some dogs have even greater control over their ears than others, with some breeds bred for dampened hearing.
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As you can see, dogs are incredible animals with so many unique facts that it's impossible to think of them as
anything more primal than what they are - our loving friends and pets. Their physiology, intelligence, and even
their character is unique among all domesticated pets.
It's no wonder that dogs have been such a powerful companion for human beings for much of the last 12,000
years, dating back through much of recorded human history. As long as human beings have been building homes or
farming plots of land, we've had dogs by our side.
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