Are you a cynophilist?
No, it’s not a term for someone who is barking mad. A cynophilist is the official term for someone who just loves pooches!
If you LOVE dogs, you’re not alone. In fact, the United States is a canine haven with 75.8 million dogs.
If you think you know all there is to know about your pooch, think again. Check out these 5 amazing facts about dogs that will blow your mind.
Are you ready? Let’s learn some fun dog facts!
5 Little-Known Facts About Dogs You Didn’t Know
- The Leader of the Pack
Out of all the most common household pets, dogs are the leaders of the pack when it comes to their brains. In fact, dogs can recognize more than 250 words and gestures. That’s roughly the same amount as a two-year-old child knows.
As well as communication, dogs also have a sense of time. Research proves that dogs know the difference between 1 hour and 5 hours. And they can predict regular events, such as a regular time for walkies.
- A Silent Place
Dogs have 18 muscles in each ear, which makes their hearing superior to their masters who only have three ear muscles. This superior hearing allows them to hear about 4 times the distance that a human can.
They also hear much higher frequencies, but not as high as cats.
Did you know in The Beatles song, A Day in the Life, they recorded a high-frequency whistle that only dogs can hear. Go ahead, play it and see how your fur baby sings along!
But that’s not all for fun dog facts. Keep reading for some more interesting facts about dogs that will make you feel all mushy inside.
- A Mans Best Friend
When your petting your pooch and they gaze lovingly into your eyes, it releases the hormone oxytocin. This “love hormone” releases in both of you and your pet. This helps to form that strong “mans best friend” bond.
Your cuddly canine loves you so much they become genuinely jealous if you’re showing love to another creature too.
- Sniffing Around
As well as these 3 cool facts about dogs, your pooch has an awesome sense of smell.
Their noses secrete a special mucus that absorbs scent chemicals. They lick the chemicals with their nose which helps them to understand the smell. Yes, that’s why pups have adorable wet noses!
Their smell is 100,000 times better than humans. This intense sense of smell can help them to understand your feelings, such as fear or depression. And a Bloodhounds sense of smell is so reliable; it is sometimes used as evidence in a court of law.
- Dogs Can Save Your Life
Out of all these fun dog facts, this one has to be the most amazing. Dogs are great for your health.
Because of all your pet pooches strong senses, some trained dogs can detect cancer and other diseases. They can also identify upcoming seizures in epileptic patients or a drop in insulin levels for diabetic patients.
On top of these medically amazing dog facts, petting your pooch can also lower your blood pressure.
Paw’some Facts About Dogs
From these paw’some facts about dogs, it’s clear to see that a dog truly is a mans best friend. But looking after these amazing creatures isn’t a walk in the park. They need a lot of extra love and care that a pet goldfish wouldn’t need.
For some tail-wagging fur baby tips, check out the pet section.