Dog facts you probably didn’t know

Bizarre dog facts that you didn’t know

There are many dog facts that you might have come across, but some are bizarre and even awkward.

Humans have been domesticating dogs for thousands of years making them lovable companions, hunting buddies and service dogs. Since they are relatively intelligent creatures, capable of learning new skills and commands they have proved really useful. As you will soon discover, much of their superpower derives from their noses.

Curious about other bizarre and interesting facts well you have come to the right place.

Here are 25 bizarre dog facts you need to know;

Dogs can be bred with wolfs

To start with the list of dog facts you might not have known is that dogs and wolves can be bred.

Since dogs and wolfs still share similar enough DNA, they are capable of mating and breeding pups. They are called Wolfdogs, there are an estimated 300,000 in the US.

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Dogs sometimes smell like Fritos.

Many pet owners have said their dog smell like popcorn or Fritos. Believe it or not, that smell has nothing to do with their diet. It is actually bacteria growing in their paws.

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Unlike most of the animal kingdom, small dogs live much longer than larger dogs

In most of the animal kingdom, size has been correlated with longevity but not so in dogs. Scientists have been baffled about why smaller dogs tend to live longer. Some think larger dogs grow fast as puppies and may develop diseases because of it. Small dogs from 10to 15 years, medium-sized dogs 10 to 13 and large dogs from 8 to 12 years.

Dogs have 3 eyelids

Like humans, dogs have both an upper and lower eyelid, but they also have a third called nictating membrane. It has various functions including clearing debris, mucus and producing tears.

A dog sense of smell is far superior to humans

Dogs have a great sense of smell, most people know that. However, what they might not know is dogs can have a sense of smell 100,000 times more acute than our own. They have about 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses. Humans only have about 6 million.

Dogs and humans evolved together

They say a dog is man’s best friend and there’s a lot of truth to that. Humans and dogs evolved together from the earliest point of dog domestication 32,000 years ago. Researchers from the University of Chicago found that several groups of genes in humans and dogs have been evolving in parallel, relating to diet, digestion, neurology, and disease.

Baboons sometimes kidnap dogs

A viral video went around showing a Ta’if baboon kidnapping a puppy and supposedly keeping it as a pet. While baboons are known to kidnap females of their own species and even dogs, scientists have made it clear that they aren’t keeping them as pets.

Dog sweat through their paws 

On hot summer, dogs regularly open their mouths and pant to cool them down. The only sweat glands they have is in their paws, but it has more to do with traction than temperature.

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Dogs can smell feelings

Because a dog’s sense of smell is so strong, they can detect when we are afraid or anxious. When we are anxious we perspire lightly. We can’t see it or smell it but dogs can tell them how we are feeling.

Dogs dream just like humans

Dogs have dreams just like we do when we go to sleep. If you want to see it in action, just wait 20 minutes after you go to sleep. They will probably have their first dream at that point and you will see their eyes moving behind their eyelids.

Three dogs survived the Titanic

The Titanic had excellent dog facilities on board and was considered very dog-friendly. Of the 12 dogs that boarded the Titanic 3 survived.

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A dog’s bad breath can be a sign of poor health. Called “halitosis” a dog’s bad breath might be the result of periodontal disease, diabetes, respiratory problems, gastrointestinal problems or something else entirely.

A dog’s nose print is unique

Much like our own fingerprints, the lines of a dog’s nose are unique and could identify individual dogs from each other. The Canadian Kennel Club has been using noseprints to ID dogs since 1938.

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The extinct Turnspit dog was once part of every kitchen.

The Turnspit dog was used in 16th century Britain kitchens to run on a wheel like a hamster and to turn meat so it could cook evenly. While this breed no longer exists, some believe the closest relative could be the Welsh Corgi.

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Dogs can sense storms coming before they happen.

Capable of sensing the barometric pressure drop and a shift in the static field, dogs have a keen sense of when a storm is coming. Dogs can also hear sounds of thunder before we hear them.

Moscow stray dogs know how to navigate the subway system

Of the 35,000 stray dogs regularly roaming around Moscow, there are a rare few that figured out how to navigate Moscow’s complex subway system, walking onto the trains and going from A to B with their human neighbors. They have also been observed to obey traffic lights and packs of strays will send out a small cuter dog because it usually ends up getting food from humans.

In 1860, two strays were allowed to roam free in San Francisco.

In the 1860s, San Francisco passed an anti-stray dog law to try to combat their stray problems. However, 2 dogs named Bummer and Lazarus were later considered exempt from this law due to their abilities to catch and eat rats, another horrendous problem in San Francisco.

Some accounts state that the dogs were capable of killing 400 rats in the month of January alone.

A dog’s whiskers help it see in the dark

Highly sensitive to subtle changes in air currents, a dog’s whiskers act as receptors to information such as the height, shape, and speed of various objects. This ability allows them to see in the dark.

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When dogs smell other dogs’ bums, it’s their version of a handshake.

Dogs have anal sacs that release chemicals providing a whole host of information for a dog to smell. With their incredible noses, they can determine the gender, diet, health and emotional status of the dog.

Puppies are born blind and deaf

When puppies are first born, their eyes and ear canals are shut tight. Both their eyes and ears are still developing during this fragile time and won’t open until fully developed.

Guide dogs eliminate by command

Guide dogs are incredibly well trained and are capable of eliminating on command. Trainers use different words to make this happen, like “busy busy” or “go time.” Once the dogs start to go, the person can feel its back to determine if it peeing or pooping. This way they know whether or not to clean up the poop.

Dogs can smell both cancer and diabetes.

Dog’s amazing sense of smell has been shown to detect cancer and diabetes. During multiple studies, dogs have been intriguingly accurate in detecting cancer in breath and urine samples. They have also been able to detect low blood sugar, there are even service dogs called “Diabetic Alert Dogs” that can warn their owners when their blood sugar is reaching dangerous levels.

Dogs are as smart as a two-year-old kid

According to live science, based on a language development test, dogs have the intelligence of a two-year-old child. Most dogs can learn upto165 words, similar to a two-year-old. Some of the smarter breeds of dogs can learn 250 words. Well, some might argue with this but it is one of the dog facts.

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Navy Seals put the Malinois through intense training

In order to complete some of their missions Navy Seals Utilize the Belgian Malinois breed. Their training is just as brutal as their human counterparts and only 1% of the candidate’s dog make the cut. They train with their handlers at least 15 hours a week, can jump out of aircraft with their team and even parachute with their handlers.

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Dog poop in line with the magnetic field

A study by the Frontiers in Zoology found that dogs are sensitive to the electrical magnetic field of the earth and like to poop on the north-south axis. They discovered this after examining 70 dogs made up of 37 breeds in a two-year period. The scientist is still not sure why they do this.

This closes our list for the most bizarre dog facts.

There we go WOOF!!!!!

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