Doggy facts and stories

Dogs only have sweat glands in their paws!

  • More specifically, they are found between their paw pads. That’s why it can help to wet the bottom of their feet on a hot day, and it’s also why dogs rely on panting as a means of cooling down.

I heard that…

Dog hearing is four times more acute than a human’s.

Did you know that:

  • Chocolate can make dogs very sick or even kill them because it contains a substance called theobromine, which is like a poison to dogs.
  • Dogs hear around ten times better than the average human.
  • More than 30% of families in the United States have a dog for a pet.
  • Having a pet dog has shown to make people healthier. They live longer and have fewer heart attacks.
  • Smaller dog breeds tend to live longer than big dog breeds.
  • The English word dog came from the Middle English word ‘dogge’ and that one came from the Old English word ‘docga’ meaning ‘powerful dog breed’.

Attention-grabbing facts about dogs

  • They still share behaviors with their wild relatives. Both defend their territories and mark them by weeing on trees etc, to indicate that an animal is invading its territory. A caution to stay away! Many pet dogs conceal bones or favorite toys for future use, just as their wild relatives sometimes buried a kill to secure the meat for later feasts.
  • Even though it probably seems absolutely disgusting, it’s apparently perfectly normal for dogs to eat poo like in the days before they were domesticated. Eeww!
  • Dogs only have sweat glands in their paws but their main form of cooling down is panting. If a dog’s feet smell like popcorn, this is called ‘Frito feet‘, and this happens when sweat and bacteria build up in the paws.  A dog’s unique smell is secreted in its glands which are located in their rear ends. You probably haven’t noticed, but dogs love sniffing one another’s butts to identify other dogs and to mark their territory. Hmmm, glad we aren’t dogs.
  • Research in 2012, suggested there are 525 million dogs on Earth and the cleverest breed is the Border Collie, second are poodles, then German shepherds, golden retrievers, and Dobermans. Dogs can count, understand over 200 words, and also trick people or other dogs to get treats. Wow!
  • A professor at Claremont Graduate University in California found that a dog’s brain releases oxytocin, the love hormone, when they interact with us or other dogs, just the same as a human brain does when we hug or kiss.
  • No dog has been knighted, but in Australia, nine animals (all dogs except for one donkey) were awarded the Purple Cross, established in 1993 to recognize the deeds of animals that have shown outstanding bravery and fortitude in the service of humans.