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Discover 10 Amazing Facts About Dogs: Unveiling Canine Wonders

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

1. Dogs can make about 100 different facial expressions

Dogs can make about 100 different facial expressions, which is more than any other animal. They use these expressions to communicate a wide range of emotions, such as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and surprise. For example, a dog who is wagging its tail and has its ears perked up is likely happy, while a dog who is growling and has its teeth bared is likely angry.

Same place, 2 completely different expressions and emotions of the dogs
CEO and CFO of Puprazy

2. Dogs have unique nose prints, just like human fingerprints

Dog nose prints are about 100 times larger than human fingerprints! The pattern of ridges, dimples, and bumps on a dog's nose is unique to that individual dog. This makes dog nose prints a reliable way to identify dogs, and they are sometimes used by law enforcement to track down lost or stolen dogs.

It's a fun fact about dogs that their nose print is fully developed by the time the dog is about 2 months old. The pattern of the nose print does not change over time, so it can be used to identify a dog for its entire life.

3. Timeless bond- Humans and dogs have been besties for over 15,000 years

The bond between humans and dogs is one of the oldest and most enduring relationships in the animal kingdom. Dogs were first domesticated by humans over 15,000 years ago, and since then, they have been our loyal companions, working partners, and furry friends. Dogs offer us many benefits, both physical and emotional, and they have helped us to live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

4. Dogs have a 'third eyelid'  which is like their own built-in windshield wiper! 

Also known as the nictitating membrane, is a thin, transparent membrane that covers the eye from the inner corner. It is located under the lower eyelid and is not usually visible. The third eyelid helps to protect the eye from dust, dirt, and debris, and it also helps to spread tears across the eye. In some cases, the third eyelid may become visible, which can be a sign of an eye problem. However, it is also normal for the third eyelid to be visible when a dog is sleeping or stressed. In some cases, the third eyelid disappears over time.

5. Dogs have around 1,700 taste buds, while humans have about 9,000

Probably the only fact about dogs where we humans are better

Dogs' taste buds are concentrated on the front of their tongues, while humans' taste buds are more evenly distributed. This means that dogs are not as sensitive to taste as humans. However, dogs still have the same four basic taste receptors as humans: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. They also have a special receptor for water!

6. Dogs' incredible noses have up to 100,000 times more scent receptors than humans

A funny pic of dog sniffing sunflower
Dog's sense of smell

The human nose has about 6 million scent receptors, while the dog nose has up to 300 million scent receptors. This means that dogs can smell things that are 10,000 to 100,000 times fainter than what humans can smell. They can also track scents over long distances and distinguish between different scents. This amazing sense of smell is what allows dogs to do jobs like search and rescue, drug detection, and bomb detection. They were also trained to detect COVID-19 strain on airports, are used for disease detection like cancer.

7. Say 'Hi' to world's oldest living dog- Bobi

The world's oldest living dog is a 31-years-old Rafeiro do Alentejo named and has always eaten food cooked for humans of his household minus the spices.

Bobi was born on May 11, 1992 and average lifespan of this breed is 12- 14 years

8. Dogs can hear sounds four times better than humans can

They can hear sounds up to 65,000 hertz, while us humans can only hear sounds up to 20,000 hertz. Isn't this one of the most amazing facts about dogs?

Some earful facts- Puppies are born deaf. Their ear canals are closed at birth and don't open until about a week after they are born.

Puppies have over a dozen muscles in each ear that allow them to move their ears independently. This helps them to pinpoint the source of a sound.

9. A Day to celebrate our dogs

International Dog Day is celebrated annually on August 26. It was founded in 2004 by Colleen Paige, an animal advocate and pet lifestyle expert. Paige chose August 26 as the date because it was the day that her family adopted their first dog, a Sheltie named Shadow. It is a day to celebrate the love, loyalty, and companionship that dogs bring to our lives and to raise awareness about the plight of shelter dogs and to encourage adoption.

10- Celestial significance of Dogs

In Indian and Chinese culture,  there's an age-old astrological belief that feeding a dog safeguards you from the wrath of malefic planets. It also brings happiness and positivity in the house and keeps diseases away! It is said that being kind to a dog and taking care of them can change the fate of a person and can make life shine in unimaginable ways!


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