How well do you really know your dog?

Dogs are pretty great. They’re easily one of my favourite species of animals, and considering my family has always had a dog on the farm, I honestly struggle to imagine my life without one.

My current dog, Jake, is my best friend. He and I have a bond that I’ve never shared with another animal before, and this bond got me thinking – how well do I really know him, or dogs in general for that matter? has some rather interesting facts about pups listed on their website, and I thought I would pull a few and mention them here in this post. I didn’t know many of the facts listed on their site, so perhaps we can all learn something about these lovely critters.

  • Dogs are capable of learning over 1000 words
  • When a dog wags its tail in a helicopter motion, it’s believed to be an indication that the dog is incredibly friendly
  • Puppies grow to half their body weight in their initial four to five months of life
  • If a dog appears to be smiling, it likely means it is feeling very relaxed
  • Greyhound dogs can reach 44 mph while running – they’re the world’s fastest dog breed
  • There are roughly 400 million puppers all over the world
  • On average, a dog lives to be 10-14
  • Smaller dog breeds tend to live longer than larger breeds
  • Petting a dog and looking into its eyes releases oxytocin for both people and dogs
  • A dog’s nose print is entirely unique and has no duplicates (like a human fingerprint)
  • Contrary to popular belief, dogs are not colour blind. Their eyes cannot detect red, so they see in shades of black and white and blue and yellow
  • Dogs have three eyelids
  • As a pack animal, they prefer to be with other dogs as opposed to alone
  • Their sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than a human being’s

So, how well do you really know your dog after reading through these facts?

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