Here are some fascinating facts about dogs, some of which you may already know but we think you’ll still find them all entertaining and fun!
- A dog’s nose print is unique, much like a person’s fingerprint.
- Forty-five percent of U.S. dogs sleep in their owner’s bed. Errrm… how about Nigerian dogs?
- All dogs dream, but puppies and senior dogs dream more frequently than adult dogs.
- The shape of a dog’s face suggests its longevity: A long face means a longer life.
- Dog eyes have a part called the tapetum lucidum, allowing night vision.
- Yawning is contagious—even for dogs. Research shows that the sound of a human yawn can trigger one from your dog. And it’s four times as likely to happen when it’s the yawn of a person he knows.
- Dogs curl up in a ball when sleeping to protect their organs – a holdover from their days in the wild, when they were vulnerable to predator attacks.
- The Australian Shepherd is not actually from Australia—they are an American breed.
- … And the Labrador Retriever is originally from Newfoundland.
- Human blood pressure goes down when petting a dog. And so does the dog’s.
- Dogs are not colorblind. They also see blue and yellow.
- All puppies are born deaf.
- Dalmatians are born completely white, and develop their spots as they get older.
- Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. (We humans have between 2,000–10,000)
- A recent study shows that dogs are among a small group of animals who show voluntary unselfish kindness towards others without any reward. This is one fact dog lovers have known all along.
Culled from AKC