Fascinating dog facts about your furry friend

Dogs are astonishing animals that provide us with endless joy and companionship, but there is also far more to these furry creatures than a lot of us might realise. Not that we need any reason to appreciate them more, but these 10 fascinating facts will make you see your pet and the things they can do in a whole new light:

  1. Dogs have sweat glands only in the skin between pads on their paws.
  2. Dogs have three eyelids; the third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” keeps the eye lubricated and protected.
  3. A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running. Human shoulders are attached to our chest by our collar bones – dogs don’t have proper collar bones.
  4. Dogs can smell about 1,000 times better than humans; while humans have 5 million smell-detecting cells, dogs have more than 220 million. The part of the brain that interprets smell is also four times larger in dogs than in humans.
  5. Dalmatians are completely white when they are born.
  6. A dog can locate the source of a sound in 1/600 of a second and can hear sounds four times farther away than a human can.
  7. Touch is the first sense the dog develops; their entire body, including the paws, is covered with touch-sensitive nerve endings.
  8. Eighteen muscles or more can move a dog’s ear to help it locate the source of a sound.
  9. Dogs can see in colour, though they most likely see colours similar to a colour-blind human. They can see better in low light.
  10. Dogs are about as smart as a two or three-year-old child; this means they can understand about 150-200 words, including signals and hand movements with the same meaning as words

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