Dogs are man’s best friends. Let’s see how much do we know about them!
The oldest a dog is known to have lived till the age of 29 years! In human terms this is equal to 129 years! This was recorded in Australia in 1939 and his name was Bluey. He was a Queensland ‘heeler’, a breed used for herding other animals.
Dogs can smell things that humans cannot. The nose has sensory cells that allow a person or animal to smell things. A dog has about 5 million more than humans do!
Dogs are omnivorous. They eat meat and vegetables and/or fruits.
Dogs cannot eat the cores of apples, but they can eat apple slices. But they should not eat raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate or garlic because it can make them sick.
Dogs know what time it is by relying on their “internal clock”. They know exactly when it is time to eat, when to expect their owner to come home, when to expect walks and more. They can become very restless if something does not happen when they expect it to.
Dogs have 2 times more muscles than humans to move their ears!
Did you know that a dog uses his nose for smelling, but also uses it to cool himself off if he is hot? A dog sweats through his nose! They also sweat through their paws.
Have you ever seen a dog turn around 3 times before they go to sleep? This is because long ago, wild dogs did this to cause grasses to be patted down to the ground before they slept on them. Dogs still have this instinct in them.
Puppies do not know how to walk when they are born. They learn to walk when they are between 2 and 5 weeks old.
Puppies are born with their eyes closed and they do not open them till they are about 3 weeks old.
Puppies are born without any teeth. They grow slowly from 6 weeks to 2 months…and then fall out again so that adult teeth can take their place.