Posted 12th Mar 2018
Dogs are our forever companions. But the question that needs to be asked - just how much do we actually know about man's best friend? We take a look at some of our favourite facts...
1. It is commonly believed that dogs are colour blind. But they're not - they do see colour, just not as well as we do. Instead they see like we do at dusk. They do, however, have better low-light vision than humans, as a result of a special light-reflecting layer that is behind their retinas.
2. Did you know where a dog's sweat glands are located? They are, in fact, in their paw pads.
3. Are you aware of where the phrase "raining cats and dogs" originates from? It is believed to have come from 17th century England when there were heavy periods of rain that resulted in flooding.
4. Do you think your dog is particularly clever? The world's smartest dogs are believed to be the Border Collie, followed by the Poodle and the Golden Retriever.
5. A dog's sense of smell can be up to 100,000 times stronger than a humans. This is necessary because of their poor eyesight.
6. When surveying an object, dogs judge them initially on their movement, then their brightness, and lastly by their shape.
7. A dog's nose is like our fingerprints - unique. They can be used to identify a dog.
8. Dogs have a sense of hearing that is ten times more acute than a humans.
9. Do you know what Corgi means? It's Welsh for 'dwarf dog'.
10. Have you ever wondered why your dog curls up into such a tight ball? They do this as part of an inbuilt instinct to keep warm and protect their vital organs while they sleep.
11. Bloodhounds can trace scents that are more than 300 hours old! That's quite the nose.
12. The habit of walking around in a circle before settling down may seem funny to us but in reality it's because he's making himself at home. This is another inbuilt trait that originates from the wild ancestors your dog had.
13. Dogs have at least 18 muscles in each ear, enabling them to hear around four times the distance that a human can.
14. Dogs are able to recognize over 150 words.
15. Do you know why dogs have whiskers? They're used as sensing devices, with some dogs even using them as a way of telling if they're able to fit into small spaces.
16. Your dog may not actually enjoy being hugged as much as you think. To a canine, putting your limbs over another animal is an act of dominance.
17. Why does a dog need a wet nose? This is essential in determining exactly what direction a smell is coming from.
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