9 Interesting Facts About Dogs That You Might Not Know
Dogs have been mans best friend for hundreds of years. It’s estimated there are over 700 million domestic dogs in the world and here’s a few interesting facts about dogs.
- Dogs were the first domesticated animals. Used for hunting / gathering, there is evidence of humans working with dogs as far back as 12,000 B.C.
- Dalmatian puppies are born mostly white. They develop spots as they grow older.
- Dogs can see in the dark. Yep, we’re not joking. Dogs’ eyes contain a membrane, called tapetum lucidum (that us humans don’t have) which allows them to see great even after the sun goes down.
- Dogs see more than just black and white. That’s a myth that has been spread around for ages. Scientists now believe dogs seem primarily blue, blueish-yellow and grey.
- Our domesticated friends have about 1,700 taste buds. Us humans have about 9,000 tastebuds. Maybe that’s why dogs eat just about anything!
- When dogs kick after they use the bathroom, they’re using scent glands on their paws to mark their territory.
- A poodle’s coat was originally shaved to increase swimming skills while retrieving. They’re not just pretty show dogs you know !
- Dogs’ sense of hearing can reach four times the distance of humans.
- Your dog has three eyelids. The next time you’re sitting on the couch with your pal just take a look at him/her closely and you might be able to see. The third eyelid is often referred to as a “haw” and the color can vary between breeds.