21 Things About Dogs That Will Leave You Speechless. Part Two
We know that you love fun facts and that you enjoy learning more and more about dogs. Although there are many cat lovers, dogs are the most internationally recognized pet.
We bring you part two of the article: 21 Things About Dogs That Will Leave You Speechless.
Dog facts that might surprise you
Let us continue with our list of things that you did not know about dogs:
11- A dog’s nose is one-hundred thousand times more developed than a human nose
Five million olfactory receptors make up our sense of smell. While a dog’s sense of smell can reach three-hundred million receptors. Amazing!
12- Do you know which dogs are the most fashionable in the United States?
Since housing rents are so expensive in the United States, we would think that Americans would prefer small dogs. Well, it turns out that the most popular dog breeds are a mix between large and small breeds. This is the top 10 list of the most common breeds in the United States:
- Golden Retriever
- German Shepherd
Another interesting fact is that the Labrador has remained at the number one spot for more than 23 years.
13- Dogs help prevent asthma and the common cold
This is a scientifically verified fact. Studies have shown that children who grow up with dogs are less likely to have asthma or suffer frequent colds. Thanks to a dog’s constant contact with the street, the outdoors, and therefore regular encounters with new types of bacteria–the immune system of children is strong. This means they are more able to fight tenaciously against different types of viruses.
14- The oldest breed of dog is …
The Saluki. This is a breed related to Greyhounds, and characteristically has long hair on its ears, tail and some parts of its legs. The breed seems to originate from Egypt, where they are considered to be of royal origin. In fact, there is evidence to show that when a dog of this breed died, its body was mummified in the same manner as the bodies of the pharaohs.
15- A dog can also experience depression
Dogs are able to have what is known as seasonal affective disorder. That is, the dog can experience a change of mood and low energy levels, according to the change of seasons.
If you observe, especially when winter comes, that your dog is sad, by playing with him and taking long walks will encourage him to regain his energy.
16- The dog breed with the greatest endurance is …
The Siberian Husky. In addition to being among the fastest breeds, like Greyhounds, Huskies have a greater endurance than Greyhounds. They are able to travel 160km daily without stopping. Amazing!
17- Dogs also fall in love
Dogs’ brains secrete oxytocin, which is also known as the, “love hormone.” This encourages the dog to interact with other people, such as with its owner or other dogs.
Therefore, the same hormone that allows your dog to love you, also allows you to fall in love.
18- The most and least intelligent breeds are …
The most intelligent: Border Collie, Poodle and German Shepherd. The least intelligent: the Afghan and the Basenji.
19- The French Poodle is not from France
These elegant poodles, whose hair is cut in a glamorous way, do not come from France, despite their name. They originate in Germany. Even the word poodle is a German word to mean, “dog puddle,” and is due to the funny hairstyles that many poodles have.
Why is this breed identified as French? Who knows! But the name possibly comes from the breed’s glamor and elegance.
20- The first being to fly into space–was a dog, not a human
It was a Russian dog named Laika … Thus begins a song by the world-famous Spanish group Mecano in homage to the first being that traveled into space in 1957. Laika did not manage to survive, but she fulfilled her mission and produced offspring. Her puppy went on to have puppies with the dog of President John F. Kennedy.
21- A dog was accused of witchcraft
In the Middle Ages, dogs were thought to have been mostly owned by witches and seers. So, the most superstitious people of the time believed that these animals had much to do with the “gifts” of their owners.
In fact, one dog was hanged in Salem, Massachusetts in the year 1692.
As you can see, there are many facts that you may not have known about our dog friends. We have enjoyed telling you these facts. Please follow us on Facebook if you have any more interesting animal facts to share. Stay inspired!