The human body is a wondrous thing, and we could list thousands of weird facts about your body, but we can also say that dogs have a few weird facts of their own! We’ve gathered some of the coolest, strangest and weirdest dog facts below.
1 in 3 Americans have a dog. That’s not weird, but it is cool!
Dogs can make 10 different sounds, while cats have the ability to make 100. Of course, for their owners, this could be a good thing. Cats can be very vocal!
….However, when it comes to facial expressions, dogs are well-supplied. Canines can have over 100 facial expressions.
Psychologists believe that some dogs are as smart as a two-year old child, according to studies by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Dogs dream! Yes, they really dream. Have you seen your dog twitching and moving while asleep? Your dog is likely dreaming of chasing a rabbit or performing some other physical activity; his movements are happening even when he’s asleep.
The Lundehund from Norway has six toes on each foot and is the only breed to have this deformity.
You may know that dogs have really good senses of smell, but did you know that some dogs are actually able to detect disease or low blood sugar? Certain service dogs can be trained to be diabetic alert dogs, and alert their trainers/owners. Other dogs are being used by scientists to detect certain cancers. Dogs can also detect seizures.
Think your dog is fast? He may run an average of up to 19 miles an hour.
Your dog’s ears are complicated! A dog has twice as many muscles in his ear than the ear of a human.
There are over 750 dog breeds in the world.
Your dog’s sense of smell is powerful – over 100,000 x more powerful than your nose!
Dalmatian puppies are born without spots, and completely white. A good deal of the breed is also born deaf.
The Shar-Pei and the Chow Chow breeds both have black tongues.
Your dog’s whiskers can sense tiny changes in airflow.
Beatles member Paul McCartney inserted a dog whistle in the song “A Day in the Life” as a tribute to his beloved sheepdog.
Some schools are encouraged their beginning readers to go read to dogs at the shelter, because it was help make the dogs more social and the dogs won’t judge the children’s reading skills.
Dog experts believe the Afghan Hound is the world’s dumbest dog.
Your dog doesn’t like being hugged, some researchers believe. They say that the hug can confuse them, startle them, or be a show of dominance.
Dogs can see where you point and actually use their eyes to follow your finger.
Your dog can actually experience jealousy, especially if you’re receiving attention.
Scientists have found that looking at a puppy, even a picture, releases a hormone known as oxytocin, in the body making you actually feel better.
A dog’s nose is wet so it can easily absorb chemicals.
Your dog can understand up to 250 words and gestures. That’s pretty smart, right?
Humans definitely win the tastebud battle when it comes to dogs. Dogs have 1,700 while humans have 9,000 tastebuds.