Do you think you know everything about your canine friend? Then let us surprise you. We rounded up some of the most interesting dog facts out there, so read on!
1. Dogs and cancer
Dogs can be trained to to detect cancer and other diseases in humans. Cancerous cells release different metabolic waste products than healthy cells in the human body. Dogs may even be able to sniff out cancer cells simply through smelling someone’s breath. Scientists have carried out a number of experiments in the topic. So I’m sure we can expect to see great results coming out soon.
2. The oldest dog breed
The Afgan Hound is the world’s oldest dog breed. This stunning dog originated in Afghanistan, and its original breed name was Tazi. DNA evidence indicates it is one of the most ancient dog breeds. The Afghan is a sighthound (he hunts by sight), and an extremely fast and agile runner. The dogs were originally used as shepherds and hunters of deer, wild goats, snow leopards, and wolves. Afghan Hounds were first transported to England in 1925, and then eventually to the U.S.
3. As smart as a two year old
Your dog is as smart as a two-year old! Ever wonder why children around this age seem to have a special bond with the family dog? It could be because they speak the same language, roughly 250 words and gestures in fact.
4. They can smell your feelings
Your dog can smell your feelings. A dog’s sense of smell is approximately one million times more sensitive than ours. So it shouldn’t be shocking that they can in fact, smell things such as fear. This is nothing to wonder about. All of our emotions – fear, joy, anger etc. – produce hormones in our body, and with each hormone we release different smells. For example when we get nervous, we lightly perspire. And that is what your dog smells, rather than your actual emotions.
5. Dogs do dream
Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage dogs can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming
6. Curling up
The reason dogs curl up is because of an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and to protect vital organs while they sleep. I’m sure you’ve often noticed your pup curling up even in his bed. It is nothing more than his way of creating security and keeping himself protected from harsh weather conditions.
7. Basenjis don’t bark
The basenji is the only breed of dog that can’t bark, but they can yodel! These alert, affectionate and energetic dogs cannot bark. They also howl and growl, depending on their mood.
8. Your dog can get jealous of you
In a study done by scholars at the University of California, it was found that dogs can get jealous if they see their humans displaying affection toward something or someone else. I must say this is my favorite of all the dog facts above, which is yours?
Sources: Healthy Pet, Cesar’s Way, Petfinder