We may be biased, but at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, we think dogs are absolutely wonderful. Although it can seem as though our pet dogs can see directly into our souls, it’s not uncommon to wonder how much we really know about our canine companions.

Keep reading to find out some fun dog facts about your best friend! 

Smell, Touch, and Hearing

Smell. A dog can smell up to 100,000 times better than a human being. They have 220 million olfactory receptors, compared to a human being’s 5,000. And, their nose ridges and crests are just like a human fingerprint – no two are the same! 

Hearing. A dog’s ears can move independently of one another. That’s because they have twice as many muscles in their ears as humans do. Dogs can also hear a much higher frequency of sound than humans. 

Sight. Contrary to popular belief, dogs can see color. They see bluish and greenish hues, but not reddish ones. They have a structure called a tapetum lucidum inside their eyes that help them see at night. 

Touch. Your dog’s whiskers pick up on even subtle changes in air currents. This provides your dog with information about the size, shape, and speed of nearby objects. This allows your dog to better sense nearby dangers or prey, even at night.

Smarty Pants

  • Most dogs can understand up to 250 words and gestures, which puts them on par with an average two year old.
  • The border collie and the poodle are known as the two smartest breeds.
  • Like humans, dogs have a paw preference for either right or left when performing tasks
  • Dogs have a sense of time, and can distinguish between one and five hours. They also can learn the timing of a certain event, such as walking or feeding.

Why Do They Do That?

  • Dogs kick the ground after going to the bathroom to activate scent glands on their paws, further marking their territory.
  • Dogs chase their tails for many reasons; boredom, exercise, and…fleas! Call us if you think this is the case with your dog.
  • Dog yawns are contagious, between each other and between dogs and their owners.
  • Dogs curl up in a ball to sleep in order to protect their internal organs as well as to stay warm.

We Love Our Dogs ( and Our Fun Dog Facts)

  • Over 105 million Americans own dogs, studies show.
  • More than 90% of dog owners report that their dog has a positive impact on their physical and/or mental health.
  • Studies have shown that people with dogs are healthier than those without.
  • Petting your dog can lower your own blood pressure, as well as that of your dog.
  • Gazing into the eyes of your dog triggers an oxytocin release, making you and your dog happier.

Now it’s your turn! What are your favorite fun dog facts? Share with us on FaceBook or the next time you are in for a visit.