Interesting Facts About Your Loyal Companion
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Dogs have always been mans most loyal companion so it makes sense why we are so curious about them!
Here are 10 interesting facts you might not know about dogs:
1. Dogs noses are wet to help absorb scent chemicals
Your dog's nose secretes a special mucus that helps to absorb these chemicals, and then they lick their noses to sample them, helping them understand what the smell is!
2. Newfoundlands are amazing lifeguards
Newfoundlands are considered to be great lifeguards because they have water resistant coats and webbed feet. They were originally bred as fisherman’s helpers and to rescue people from drowning. Some owners have even reported that their Newfoundland tries to “rescue” them when they’re swimming!
3. The Beatles song ‘A Day in the Life’ has a frequency only dogs can hear
Paul McCartney said that he added a frequency only dogs can hear to the end of the Beatles song ‘A Day in the Life’. So watch your dog when you play the song!
4. A Bloodhound’s sense of smell can be used as evidence in court
A bloodhound's sense of smell is so spot on that it can be admitted as evidence in a court of law. Bloodhounds can also follow tracks that are over 300 hours old and can stay on a trail for over 130 miles!
5. The tallest dog in the world is 44 inches tall
A Great Dane named Zeus holds this Guinness Book World Record!
6. Basenji dogs don’t bark, they yodel
This breed of dog doesn’t tend to bark, instead they are known to yodel, whine or scream.
7. A GREYHOUND DOG CAN BEAT A CHEETAH IN A LONG DISTANCE RACE
Greyhounds are excellent long distance runners and can keep a speed of 35mph for up to 7 miles. Where the Cheetah is incredibly fast it can only keep its speed for around 200 -300 yards!
8. 30% of Dalmatians are deaf in one ear
On average around 30% of Dalmatians are deaf in one ear and 5% are deaf in both. This is due to something called the extreme piebald gene which is responsible for their white coat and blue eyes (in some of them). Dalmatians with larger dark patches are less likely to be deaf!
9. The Saluki is the oldest dog breed
The Saluki breed dates back to 329BC and were kept as royal pets in Ancient Egypt. Reportedly, there are also carvings found in Southern Iraq of a dog that looks similar to a Saluki which dates back to 7000BC.
10. Dogs have three eyelids
Many owners haven’t heard of this interesting dog fact, but did you know that your four-legged friend has three eyelids? The third lid is called the ‘haw’ or nictitating membrane, and it’s responsible for keeping the eye protected and lubricated.
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