Today at Doxel we are going to talk about curiosities within the dog world.
First fact! Dogs are capable of listening 4 times more than humans. They perceive sounds that for us are completely unnoticeable. In the same way, another sense they have very developed is the sense of smell. It can be up to a billion times better than ours. It depends on the race, but they have between 125 and 300 million olfactory glands and the part of the brain that controls smell is 40 times larger than ours.
Dogs can understand an average of 250 words. This shows that they are intelligent but not always willing to listen to us. At that stage of understanding, we find a two-year-old human, although it is true that there are dogs that understand even more words. This is the case with
breeds such as the Border Collie which is considered to be the most intelligent in the world.
Did you know that dogs have sweat glands in their leg pads and their nose is like our fingerprint, they are all different?
This next fact is something we have heard on some occasions and we have certainly read reports about dogs that can detect diseases and it is absolutely true. There are even dogs that are trained for this and it has been shown in several studies that they are capable of detecting them. They also notice when a woman is pregnant, especially female dogs.
Did you know, that they know if we are sad? They can detect subtle changes in our smell. In fact, they miss us. They are able to learn our routines and habits and even calculate when it’s time to go for a walk or eat. There are some studies that show that when the owner changes
a routine, the dog behaves differently if he stays home alone. Furthermore, they detect changes in human intonation and are able to associate whether you tell them something good or bad.
A curiosity about Labradors. Most dogs are insatiable, but in the case of this breed, it increases. As it turns out, it has an explanation. One study showed that 23% of Labradors have a gene mutation. This makes it difficult to produce the chemical that warns the brain that it is no longer hungry.
Did you know that the first guide dogs were used after the First World War? They helped German soldiers who had become blind after the war. By the way, speaking of sight, many of us have heard that they only see in black and white but it has been shown that they are able to see more colours but are colour blind. They confuse red and green.
“There are many things we might not know about our four-legged best friends, but they certainly are amazing.”
And here are three curiosities in terms of age and size. The longest living dog in the world lived 29 years, from 1910 to 1939 and was an Australian shepherd. The smallest dog? A Yorkshire that weighed 113 grams, similar to a matchbox. The biggest dog? A Great Dane of 2 meters and 28cm from head to tail that weighs 90kg!
How many did you already know?