10 Interesting Facts About Dogs

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?  This post is about 10 things that I find simply fascinating about dogs. They truly are amazing animals, with more intelligence and abilities that we give them credit for.

Let’s take a closer look at just how incredible they really are:

1. Canines’ 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 which is 75% greater than our own.

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 necks.

2. Longevity

Many people assume dogs can only live for 10+ years.  However, according to Wikipedia, the oldest dog to ever live survived for 29 years and 5 months (an Australia Cattle dog), plus there are records of many others living for well over 20 years.

3. Seeing At Night

Dogs have a few sight myths such as they only see in black and white.  They actually can see in color, but only to a very limited degree. However, they have better night vision than we do because of special reflective layers in their eyes.

4. Dogs As Warriors

Dogs have been trained to do many things in human history, including riding alongside in battle. In the middle ages, mastiffs were trained to run 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 an enormous amount of bite pressure with their jaws, far more than a human being ever could. National Geographic completed a controlled study of animal bites using three large breeds of dogs, a German Sheppard, a Rottweiler and a Pit Bull. The average bite pressure was found to be 320lbs per square inch, with the Pit Bull  having the least bite pressure of the three, according to the American Humane Association.

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 of attacks.

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 few weeks of their life.  Many people mistake this for illness and many vets will see countless “sleepy” puppies every year.

9.  Ownership

Nearly 39% of all American households own a dog and more than 5 million puppies are born in the US every year.

10. Service Dogs

And of course, we mustn’t forget Service Dogs, those wonderful companions who assist people with not only seeing and hearing disabilities, but some dogs are even trained to help with medical conditions such as recurrent seizures or diabetes.

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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