10 Interesting Facts About Dogs and Puppies

It seems like everyone has a dog these days. Ostensibly, more and more people are choosing to own a pet than have a child – and can you blame them making this fiscally responsible decision? But dogs are more than furry animals who play fetch, bark at mailmen, and sleep on your bed. They are unique creatures. Don’t believe it?

Here are 10 interesting facts about dogs and puppies:

Fact #1: There are 150 dog breeds.

Amazingly, there are 150 dog breeds that are divided into eight categories:

  • Herding
  • Hound
  • Non-Sporting
  • Sporting
  • Terrier
  • Toy
  • Working
  • Miscellaneous

You have a lot to choose from, whether it is a pitbull, a Shih Tzu, or a Labrador. It’s hard to pick just one.

Fact #2: Puppies are born blind, deaf, and toothless.

When a puppy is born, it is the cutest thing you will ever see. These adorable puppies are small, fluffy, disoriented, and new to the world. If you’re heart doesn’t melt when you see a newborn Golden Retriever puppy, then you have no heart! What makes a newborn puppy so special is that when they come into this world, they are blind, deaf, and toothless. It is really remarkable to see.

Fact #3: There are 600 million dogs in the world.

While there are approximately 600 million dogs in the world, the United States maintains the largest population of fidos. By just how much? According to the latest estimates, the U.S. has a population of around 76 million – that’s about a quarter of the overall U.S. population!

Fact #4: Dogs can get naturally jealous.

Jealousy in a human being isn’t exactly an endearing or virtuous characteristic. But why do we think it’s cute in dogs? Wait, you may be wondering: Are dogs really jealous? Well, according to one study by the University of California, it was discovered that dogs can get jealous if they see their humans displaying toward another dog or another human being.

Fact #5: Dogs will release oxytocin.

Oxytocin is an important chemical in your brain. Known as the so-called love hormone, oxytocin is usually released during hugging, intimacy, and, believe it or not, petting a dog and gazing into its eyes. Ostensibly, according to the researchers, petting a dog and looking deep into a dog’s eyes will release oxytocin in both you and the crazy critter.

Fact #6: Dogs are descendent of wolves.

Did you know that every dog is a descendent of wolves? This means that all those breeds of dogs we mentioned earlier are of the same species. The next time you see your Chihuahua or Pomeranian, you should realize that he comes from a long line of wolves.

Fact #7: Dogs sweat through their salivation.

It is widely believed that all dogs sweat through their salivation. For whatever reason, it has been widely considered that dogs are sweating whenever they are panting. Apparently, this is untrue. So, where do dogs sweat? In their paws!

Fact #8: Bloodhound dogs have the most powerful scent.

Why do the authorities use bloodhounds? They not only have the most powerful scent of all the dog breeds, they can come across a scent that is 300 hours old. Simply put, if a prisoner has escaped and he has gotten a three-day lead on the police, they will be tracked down by these majestic creatures.

Fact #9: A dog’s smell is 100,000 stronger than a human’s smell.

Indeed, dogs have powerful noses. But just how strong are they? Well, your pet can smell your feelings. That’s right. Research has found that your dog’s sense of smell is about 100,000 times stronger than yours, meaning they can smell a whole host of things, whether it’s fear or happiness. In other words, dogs can detect how you feel at that very moment. Knowing how loyal they are, if you’re feel under the weather, your dog will do its best to cheer you up!

Fact #10: Dogs tend to poop in alignment of the Earth’s magnetic field.

If you think your dog is just fastidious and selective about where they do their business, then you would be somewhat correct. A new study has found that when your dog is doing its best to choose a great spot to go to the bathroom they are attempting to poop in alignment with the Earth’s magnetic field!

Don’t believe this interesting fact about dogs? Here is a PBS report:

“It is still enigmatic why the dogs do align at all, whether they do it ‘consciously’ (i.e., whether the magnetic field is sensorial perceived (the dogs ‘see’, ‘hear’ or ‘smell’ the compass direction or perceive it as a haptic stimulus) or whether its reception is controlled on the vegetative level (they ‘feel better/more comfortable or worse/less comfortable’ in a certain direction).”

Is your dog Albert Einstein? Maybe.

Some believe that dogs are a dime a dozen with no special characteristics. They would be wrong. Dogs are unique and special creatures that are truly man’s best friend. Whether you want to adopt a dog or you’re interested in getting your niece a pet, you should equip yourself with the knowledge of what dogs are all about.

Ronald Ryan

I'm a self-proclaimed science geek and all-around nerd. Useless fun trivia seems to be my forte. If you ever need to hear a good dad joke, I'm your guy!

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