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Dogs are the world’s most popular pet. There’s a good reason for that: they’re loyal, obedient, and eager to please. They also have a lot of energy and need plenty of exercises and mental stimulation to keep them happy and healthy. Whether you’ve just adopted your first pup or you already have one at home, it’s important to know these fun facts about dogs so you can take care of your furry friend right from the beginning.
Did you know that dogs sweat through their paws? Or that they can thank their bushy tails for helping them stay cool? Keep reading for more fun, bizarre, and sometimes weird facts about man’s best friends!
Dogs are the most popular pet
The first dog has probably domesticated around 3500 years ago, but there’s no evidence that he was a wolf. That dog, which is today referred to as Canis lupus familiaris, was probably a wild male dog. Even so, he was an ancestor of the modern-day domestic dog and of the wolf.
Many studies show that dogs are much more popular than cats. In fact, the number of cats that are admitted to U.S. animal hospitals fell to 1.23 million in 2013 compared to 1.49 million in 2006, according to PetCareRx. Yet according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the number of pets is growing, and there are around 80.9 million dogs in the United States, compared to 72.5 million cats.
Some pet owners own several dogs
70 percent of American households have at least one dog.
Why is this so?
This is because the hairs on the tops of their feet act as sweat glands, whereas the other hairs on their body act as the “trunk”. You can see this when dogs rest or run with their tails between their legs, which leaves them more exposed to the sun.
Where did the word “lab” come from?
The word “lab” comes from the Latin word “labium”, which translates as “to lick”. This is because most dogs will lick their paws when they’re standing still. This may also be a result of the natural habit for dogs to pant when they’re resting.
Why do dogs wag their tails?
As it turns out, the tail serves a very important purpose in the dog’s daily life, even though they aren’t technically designed for carrying things.
What’s so special about dogs?
A dog is man’s best friend, so it only makes sense to learn all there is to know about dogs in order to take good care of them and love them like your own child. Here are the 10 funniest facts you need to know about dogs!
1. Every dog has a name, even when they have an identity crisis.
You might hear “Harley” or “Duke”, but don’t expect to see the dog you’re calling over to you any time soon. Dogs are more likely to respond to the sound of a person’s voice than to the sound of their name.
2. Dog’s tongues are so special because they act like little air conditioners.
With their tongues, a dog can cool off by eating dew-covered grass, or by licking the sweat off their fur.
3. This dog named Crunch was always hungry.
Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Dogs
1. Dogs can get one out of every eight cookies, not the entire packet of eight.
2. A dog’s sense of smell is 150,000 times stronger than a human’s.
3. Dogs can open doors for you.
4. A dog’s eyes are so strong they can see infrared light.
5. A dog can recognize a human by smell.
6. For the first time, an American cocker spaniel has won best in a show at Crufts, the UK’s biggest dog show.
7. A dog’s ability to recognize faces is better than a human’s.
8. A dog’s sense of smell is 10 times stronger than a human’s.
9. A dog’s tongue can cover 24 square feet in two seconds.
10. Dogs have a mouth full of 60,000 taste buds.
11. A dog’s nose is three times longer than its jaw.
12. Most dogs can’t detect cancer.
13. A dog’s tongue can grow to the size of its head.
They can thank their bushy tails for keeping them cool
Dogs have two kinds of sweat glands. The first, the submaxillary glands, are located below the jaw. The other glands are on the underside of the tail, the stifle, and the base of the tail. The first kind of sweat gland allows the dog to cool itself by sweating and the second kind, the parapodia glands, helps cool the dog. If a dog wears a tail cooler in hot weather, the sweat from the parapodia glands will cool the rest of the dog down.
They can sleep anywhere
It doesn’t matter where you are, if you’re a dog and your owner puts you on the floor, you’ll sleep as long as the sun is out. However, it’s a good idea to keep a fan on if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors during summer, as your body temperature may rise considerably.