National Pet Month is here, and so here are 6 facts about one of our family favourites.
1. Dogs can smell your emotions
Dogs can identify minor alterations in the way you smell, which enable them to work out how you are feeling. An obvious example is the way they can tell if you're scared or nervous by smelling your perspiration. You'd also find it interesting to know that dogs can sense if someone in their household is pregnant, and are aware if you have certain sorts of diseases.
2. A dog's sense of smell is 1,000 to 10 million times better than yours.
Of course, this varies breed by breed, but most dogs have between 125 million to 300 million scent glands, compared with just 5 million for humans. In addition, the section of a dog's brain that manages scent is 40 times bigger than yours, in spite of the fact that the canine brain is significantly smaller than the human. Whilst the brain of a human is roughly 1/40th of the size of their body, a dog's is merely 1/125th.
3. Your dog has the intelligence of a 2 year old child.
If you've ever wondered why dogs and toddlers seem to bond so well, it's probably because they have a lot in common, on an intellectual level. Both understand roughly the same amount of gestures and words. 250, to be exact.
4. A dog's whiskers enhances their night vision.
Sensitive to even minor changes in air currents, giving your dog information concerning the shape, size and speed of objects in their surroundings - dogs are equipped with a great sense of prey and threats nearby.
5. Dogs only have sweat glands in their paws.
In particularly, they can be found in between the pads on their paws. That is why it can be beneficial to dampen the base of their feet on a hot day. And I'm sure you've noticed how dogs pant so much? That is their primary method of cooling themselves.
6. Dogs originate from a weasel-like animal.
Every dog you've ever come across can be tracked back around 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal (the Miacis) that dwelled in dens and trees.