Amazing Dog Facts

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I have to admit that I am a little biased when it comes to pets. I love dogs. There is no other animal I can think of having as my constant companion other than a dog. I love their looks and their overwhelmingly loving, friendly demeanor. They are smart animals too. We all know how they help guard the house and how useful they are for the police. But there is so much more to them than that. Let me share with you some lesser known amazing facts about dogs that I guess you don’t know.

Did you know that dogs belong to the wolf family? Isn’t it surprising then that we are scared to have a wolf around the house while we love dogs to be inside our house and guard it?

You have sweat glands all over your body. Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws. Talk about smelly dog feet 😉

A dog’s nose print is as unique as a human fingerprint!

Chihuahua is the smallest dog while Irish wolfhound is the largest. The tallest dog is none other than Great Dane.

A dog can see colors in light that humans can’t see. In fact, they can see much better in dim light. Dogs can hear sounds at least four times faster than humans can. What else? Their sense of smell is remarkably better than those of humans. Errr.. Who is the smarter one then?

Just like humans, dogs have been to space too. A Russian dog Laika was the first one to visit space and orbit Earth aboard Soviet Spacecraft Sputnik in 1957.

If I were to tell you that all dogs bark, you would say what’s new? The new thing to learn is that there is one dog that cannot bark, The Basenji is the world’s only dog that cannot bark.

A dog puppy is born blind, deaf and toothless.

Dalmatians, famous for their spots are born without any spots! They are completely white at birth.

Have you ever heard about the phrase ‘raining cats and dogs’. Ever wonder how it came into being? It originated in 17th century in England where heavy rainstorms would cause dog and cat causalities. Their floating bodies gave an impression as if it had actually rained cats and dogs. Sad but true.

If you want to have a pet, and not sure which one then here is a cute story about a girl Emma who wanted a pet, that can help you decide.

Do you have some unusual facts about dogs to share with us?

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