It’s no surprise that dogs can be one of the strangest animals but yet we all love them the same. Below are some bizarre facts about dogs that you probably never knew.
Touch is the first sense
Out of all of the sense, touch is the first one that dogs develop. Their entire body is covered with touch-sensitive nerve endings.
The average litter size is six puppies
One female dog along with her female children can produce around 4,300 puppies in seven years. Now that’s a lot of dogs!
The shape of your dog’s head can determine how long he will live
Dogs that have sharp, pointed faces tend to live longer. Dogs with flat faces often live shorter lives. Also, dogs with big square heads and large ears, like the Saint Bernard, are the best at hearing subsonic sounds.
Dogs don’t feel guilt
He may look guilty while you are scolding him, but really he’s cowering in response to your criticism of him.
Dogs have an unique skeletal structure
Dog’s shoulder blades are unattached from the rest of the skeleton. This allows for greater flexibility when running.
Dalmatians originate from the Mediterranean
Dalmatians are named for the Dalmatian Coast off of Croatia, which is where they are believed to have been originally bred. When Dalmatians are born, they’re completely white. Spots begin to form shortly afterwards and by one month of age, all of their spots are present. Dalmatians continue to grow spots as they age, but they grow at a much slower pace.
Dogs are as smart as two year olds
Most dogs can understand up to 200 words. Border Collies are the cleverest dogs, followed by Poodles, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and Dobermans.
Some dogs have black tongues
The Chow Chow and Sharpei breeds are the only two with black tongues. Nearly every other breed has a pink tongue.
Dogs have been to space
On November 3, 1957, Laika, a dog from Russia, became one of the first animals sent to space. She was a stray dog when she was chosen for the mission. A monument was unveiled in Russia in 2008 honoring Laika.
A dog has been mayor.
A small town in Minnesota, with a population of 12, elected Duke the Great Pyrenees the mayor. In August 2014, Duke was able to beat out his competitor with over half of the votes. The seven year old dog is being paid with free kibble, donated by the local pet store.