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10 Facts About Dogs

Surprising facts about “man’s best friend” 


From hunting companions to protectors – the relationship between dogs and humans goes back thousands of years. Today, one of the most domesticated animals, in many parts of the world the Canis lupus familiaris is a beloved family member and friend we share our lives with. Here are 10 fascinating facts about our furry companions.

  • Dogs can smell diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
  • Dogs conduct their “business” in a north south-direction.
  • Dogs can smell about 10,000 times better than humans.
  • Dogs know when they do not have enough information to solve a problem and actively search for more input.
  • Dogs have three eyelids.
  • To drink water, dogs plunge their tongue straight into the water, pull it to the rear and shovel the water into their throat.
  • The smell in a dog’s urine lets other dogs know if the one who left the message is young or old, male or female, healthy or sick and happy or angry.
  • Dogs can see colours, however, their perception of colour resembles that of a person who is colour blind.
  • Dogs can estimate the size of another dog by the sound of their growling.
  • Sweat ducts in dogs’ paws are activated when it is too hot and helps to keep their body temperature cool. Because of dogs’ “sweaty feet”, they leave wet footprints.

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