You may know exactly where your pooch likes their belly scratched or their favorite place to sniff, but there are plenty of other facts about your pup that you would be shocked to learn. Check out these 5 mind-blowing dog facts.
Dog Fact #1
Dogs don’t actually see in black and white
It’s a common misconception that a dog’s vision is just like an old movie, but the reality is less black and white. It’s true that dogs can’t see all the colors a human can because of the way their eyes are constructed, but they are able to see their world in shades of blue and yellow.
Dogs don’t have as many cones, the color-seeing part of the eye, as humans do. This means that they lack the red and green, but may actually have better vision in low-light situations than humans. While dogs may see the world in fewer colors than people, that is not reason to think that humans are at the pinnacle when it comes to colors. In fact, some species of shrimp have far more cones than both dogs and humans, and are capable of seeing bands of color invisible to the human eye.
Dog Fact #2
Dogs actually DO sweat
If you thought dogs cooled down by panting, you’d be right, but that doesn’t mean they lack sweat glands entirely. Canines have glands in their paws that allow them to sweat. Unlike humans, this doesn’t help keep their whole body cooler in hot weather. Another way dogs cool down is by bringing their blood to their ears and snouts.
Dog Fact #3
Dalmatians aren’t born with their spots
Would you be able to recognize a dalmatian without their spots? Well then you might not notice a dalmatian puppy. According to VetStreet, these famous firehouse dogs are born completely white and only get their trademark spots as they grow up. Another fun Dalmatian fact is that this breed also gets along surprisingly well with horses.
Dog Fact #4
Newfoundland retrievers have webbed paws
Newfoundland retrievers may be best known for their bear-like looks and love of cuddling, but these gentle giants are also great swimmers thanks to their webbed feet. The webbing gives these furry pooches more surface area on their feet for swimming, just like a duck or scuba-diver with flippers. They’re named after the Canadian province on the Atlantic Ocean in which they first patrolled the waters, saving drowning fishermen with their powerful swimming technique.
Dog Fact #5
The US has more than 80 million pooches
If you feel like you and your friends all love dogs, you’re not alone. More than 83 million dogs live in the U.S., according to the American Pet Products Association. Nearly half the homes in the U.S. have a dog – if not more! 20 percent of dog owners have a minimum of two pooches romping around, and about 20 percent of dogs in the U.S. were adopted from a shelter.
However, when it comes to population in the U.S., cats take the gold. There are more than 95 million cats in America, beating dogs by more than 10 million.