10 Fun Facts About Dogs To Help You Celebrate National Dog Day

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It isn’t known exactly when dogs became the preferred pet of choice for the vast majority of people, but evidence of pet ownership can be traced back to murals from Ancient Egypt and the Greek and Roman nobility. However, pet-keeping in Europe didn’t really become a ‘thing’ until the end of the 17th century, and it wasn’t until the Victorian era that being a dog owner was truly accepted and considered a noble pastime.

Whether you are a long-standing doggy parent or fairly new to canine ownership, you undoubtedly have built a strong bond with your furriest family member. Sunday 26th August 2018 is National Dog Day – a perfect opportunity to celebrate everything that is awesome about man’s best friend.

To kick start the festivities of National Dog Day, here are 10 fun facts about our canine companions.

1. Your dog’s sense of smell is between a thousand and ten million times better than yours!

Dogs are well known for having an exceptional sense of smell, and the main reason for this is the number of scent receptors he has in his nose. The average human has around 5 million scent glands in their nose, while, depending on your exact breed of dog, your canine has between 125 and 300 million! The part of his brain that controls smell is also 40 times larger than our own!

2. The reproductive skills of dogs are outstanding

We all know that there is a massive pet overpopulation crisis and responsible owners are ensuring that their dogs are spayed/neutered as soon as they reach the correct age to prevent adding to this serious and heart-breaking problem. If you needed further persuasion however, know this: a female dog, her mate and their offspring could potentially produce another 67,000 dogs in just 6 years!

3. Puppies are born deaf, but their hearing soon surpasses our own!

Most people don’t realize that puppies are actually born deaf and their hearing develops over the following weeks and months. However, by the time they reach adulthood, most dogs will be able to hear 4 times as far as we can – explaining why Rover can tell someone is about to knock at the door around 6 seconds before they actually do!

4. Dogs know our language better than we think

We all like to think that our canine pals can understand some of the most common commands that we issue – sit, stay, heel and more. However, studies show that dogs are actually capable of understanding around 250 words and gestures – about the same as your average 2yr old!

5. We have our favorites

While there are more than 150 different dog breeds, here in the States we definitely prefer some breeds over others. Our top 5 include the Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Beagle and Dachshund.

6. Greyhounds are faster than almost any land animal

Yes, really! Most of us know that greyhounds are incredibly fast, but don’t appreciate just how speedy they really are. Greyhounds can reach speeds of 45mph, and not only are they the fastest dog breed in the world, they are also the second fastest land animal, second place only to the Cheetah which can reach speeds of around 61mph.

7. Dogs can play doctor too

Dogs have been known to be able to detect various ailments in their owners, from conditions like diabetes to types of cancer. This talent is attributed to their sense of smell, and experts believe that they may be able to smell organic compounds in the body that suggest that it is not working as it should.

In addition to this there are plenty of working dogs who not only assist those with physical disabilities, but those trained to help owners who are epileptic or diabetic should they get into difficulties.

8. Two breeds of dog have black-tongues… and no-one knows why!

The Chow Chow and the Sharpei both have black tongues while every other known breed has a pink tongue. Why? Your guess is as good as ours!

9. Dogs dream too

Have you ever wondered if your dog can dream when he is asleep? Well, we can confirm that he almost certainly does. Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) that we do, and during this REM period your fluffy pal can enjoy dreams of treats, walks and whatever other things that dogs might dream about!

10. Dogs can see in color

One of the biggest miconceptions about dogs is that they can only see in black and white. In actual fact they can see colors, but just not as brightly as we can. They also have significantly better night vision than we do.

For inquiries, do not hesitate to contact us and our knowledgeable veterinary team will gladly assist you.