1. Dogs are as smart as 2 year olds. They are capable of understanding unto 250 words!
2. Dream a little dream!
Dogs dream like people. The twitching and paw movements that you see are signs of your dog dreaming!
3. No 2 doggie noses are the same. Each dog’s nose has a unique pattern, like human fingerprints!
4. Puppies are born blind and deaf
5. A wagging tail does not necessarily mean that your dog is happy and wants to be petted. Tail wags can mean many things! It can mean that your dog is happy, agitated, anger, insecure etc.
6. Dogs only have sweat glands in their paws. However, more than relying on sweat, a dog pants with his mouth open to cool down
7. A dog’s sense of smell is more than 100,000 times that of humans (source: savers.org)
8. Dogs don’t enjoy being hugged as much as humans and other primates
9. Dogs drink water by forming the back of their tongue into a mini cup
10. Chase that tail!
Dogs chase their tails for a variety of reasons such as anxiety, excitement, curiosity, predatory instinct.
11. Dalmation Puppies are born white, and develop spots about a week after birth.After a month they have most of their spots, though their spots continue to develop throughout their life but at a slower pace.
12. Dogs’ eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark.
13. Dogs have about 1700 taste buds, and humans have around 9000.
14. Dogs can see colour! It’s a myth that they can see only black and white. They can see primarily yellow and blues
15. Dogs curl up in a ball when they sleep instinctively to keep themselves warm and protect their abdomen and vital organs from predators.
16. Dogs have an excellent internal clock, and know when it’s time to sleep, wake up, walk, eat. No wonder your dog appears right when it’s dinner time!
17. Dogs have 18 or more muscles to move, tilt, and rotate their ears.
18. Dogs unlike cats, are not exclusively carnivorous. They can adapt to food easily, and a percentage of their food can be fruits and vegetables.
19. If never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate and their puppies could produce 66,000 dogs in six years (Source: CesarMilan)
20. Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot in their skull which closes with age- same like human babies.
21. Dogs can smell diseases. Studies show that dogs with little or no training can sniff out cancer in humans.
22. Dogs can read your face
23. Our pooches are hotter than us (literally!): Dogs have an average temperature of 101-102.5 degrees fahrenheit.
24. A dog’s whiskers — found on the muzzle, above the eyes and below the jaws — are technically known as vibrissae. They are touch-sensitive hairs than actually sense minute changes in airflow.
25. An adult dog has 42 teeth