Interesting Dog Facts
How much do you really know about dogs? How much is fact and how much is fiction? Here’s some interesting dog facts you may or may not know from information about their sense of hearing and smell compared to ours to the fact that poodles, yes those cute fluffy pom-pom decked out pooches, were originally hunting dogs. Enjoy!
- Dogs (and wolves and foxes) are descended from a small, weasel-like mammal called Miacis which was a tree-dwelling creature and existed about 40 million years ago.
- Dogs were first domesticated from wolves at least 17,000 years ago, but perhaps as early as 150,000 years ago based upon recent genetic fossil and DNA evidence.
- Dogs detect sounds as low as the 16 to 20 Hz frequency range (compared to 20 to 70 Hz for humans) and as high as 70,000 to 100,000 Hz (compared to 20,000 Hz for humans).
- Dogs hear sounds up to four times the distance that humans are able to.
- The common belief that dogs are color blind is false. Dogs can see color, but it is not as vivid a color scheme as we see. They distinguish between blue, yellow, and gray, but probably do not see red and green. This is much like our vision at twilight.
- Nearly all but two breeds of dogs have pink tongues. The two exceptions? The Chow Chow and the Shar-pei, both with black tongues.
- The Basenji is the only barkless dog in the world.
- Dalmatian puppies are born pure white, with their spots developing as the mature.
- The oldest known breed of dog is the Saluki, which is an Arabic word meaning noble one. These dogs were raised as hunting dogs by ancient Egyptians.
- The Poodle haircut was originally meant to improve the dog’s swimming abilities as a retriever, with the pom-poms left in place to warm their joints.
- A dog’s whiskers are touch-sensitive hairs called vibrissae. They are found on the muzzle, above the eyes and below the jaws, and can actually sense tiny changes in airflow.
- Dogs have far fewer taste buds than people — probably fewer than 2,000 compared to human’s 9,000. It is the smell that initially attracts them to a particular food. They have over 200 million scent receptors in their noses compared to our measly 5 million.
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