Dog curiosities: 40 things you can learn about canines


Puppies are very present in our lives. Because they have high doses of companionship, joy and confidence, dogs are considered the best friends of man and family members where they pass. So if you have ever had a furry friend in your life, you certainly believe you know everything about the canine universe. After all, it is common to do a brief research before receiving the new member of the house. But the truth is that puppies never tire of surprising us every day, and make us learn more and more about their particularities. With this in mind, Paws of the House has separated 40 curiosities about puppies to help you understand some of your friend's attitudes.

  • Many people wonder how many teeth a dog has: the dog's teeth start to develop around 2 to 3 weeks of life. At about two months, the dog already has 28 temporary teeth. After the exchange, he gets 42 definitive teeth;
  • Dogs are champions in a variety of sizes, breeds and shapes;
  • The puppy gestation can generate, on average, 6 puppies at a time. But in the case of large breeds the number can reach 15;
  • Puppies are born deaf, blind and toothless. But in less than three weeks of life they already start to acquire their senses.  
  • The sense of smell of puppies is 1 million times better than that of humans;
  • Do you want to know how old a puppy lives? Between 10 and 13 years, depending on breed and size, but there are reports of dogs that have lived much longer;
  • The dog's muzzle print is as unique as our fingerprint, it can even be used to identify the animal effectively;
  • Puppies lick their nose to put the smell they feel in their mouths;
  • Puppies sweat by their paws;
  • The puppy's tail is an extension of his back;
  • Why do puppies howl? This is a way to communicate from a distance with other dogs. The frequency and tone of howls can be heard from a distance;
  • Puppy castration can help prevent some types of cancer, such as breast cancer and prostate cancer; 
  • In 6 years, one female can produce about 66 puppies. That's why castration is fundamental!
  • Dogs poop in alignment with the Earth's magnetic field. This is because puppies are sensitive to small variations in the field. They do the needs with their body aligned to the North-South axis when there are few variations in magnetism; 
  • The way dogs see is not the same as humans. They see the colours on a scale of blue and yellow;
  • Puppies can run up to 30 km/hour;
  • The normal temperature of a puppy is between 38º and 39ºC. Different temperatures can mean some disease;
  • Dogs can be as smart as a 2 year old child;
  • How to calculate the age of a puppy is not difficult: for example, 2 years of a small, medium and large puppy equals 25, 21 and 18 years of a human respectively; 
  • Dogs roll up like a ball when they sleep to get warm and also to protect themselves from predators;
  • Dogs only sleep on their stomachs in places where they feel safe;
  • Dogs smile in an attempt to get their owners to care for them. Smart, huh?!
  •  When dogs smell each other's butts that's a sign of greeting. It's like a human handshake;
  • The puppy has a third eyelid, called a nictitating membrane, which helps to clean the remains and mucus from its eyeballs and produce tears;
  • Basenji is the only breed of dog that can't bark. Its prolonged and acute howling is its main form of communication;
  • Norwegian Lundehund is the only dog that has six fingers on each leg. They serve to give more stability to the dog, which in the past had the main function of hunting the sea parrot; 
  • Learning how to train puppy is not difficult, just constant training. Besides teaching how to paw or sit, for example, dogs can be trained to identify changes in the human body, such as diseases;
  •  The Bloodhound breed is able to smell odors with more than 300 hours of existence;
  •  The "hind legs" after peeing is a kind of common territory demarcation among adult males;
  •  Dogs sometimes pretend to be sick to get their owner's attention; 
  •  Border Collie is the smartest breed of dog in the world;
  •  Despite its few centimeters in size, Pinscher is one of the bravest breeds in the canine world; 
  •  The title of laziest dog in the world is the English Bulldog;
  •  The female's gestation can last up to 60 days;
  •  Puppies are omnivorous, so they should not feed only on meat;
  •  Dogs usually express their facial reactions by the movement of their ears; 
  •  Some canine diseases are similar to those of humans, such as depression and anxiety;
  •  The same hormone (oxytocin) that makes your dog love you, is also able to make you fall in love with other dogs; 
  •  The noise of rain bothers dogs' keen hearing; 
  •  Canine obesity is the most common disease among dogs. 


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