11 weird and interesting dog facts you’ll be amazed by

Posted by Sapphire. January 28th 2016.

We all know that dogs are a man’s best friend but there’s plenty you might not know. Here’s some dog facts that might just surprise you!

A Labrador dog's nose close up

Nose for direction: A’ dogs nose is wet so that they can tell which direction a scent is coming from.

Mind your language: Dogs can understand about 250 human words and gestures. The average dog is about as intelligent as a two-year-old child.

Colourful characters: Contrary to popular belief, dogs aren’t colour-blind. They see colours but not as vividly as humans.

Strong identity: The print of a dog’s nose is unique, just like humans’ fingerprints.

Old friends: Humans have kept dogs as pets for more than 12,000 years.

Guide dog on a lead

When you’re ready: Guide dogs are trained to go to the toilet only when told do so. This helps to ensure their owners can clean up after them.

Dog with a bone: All dogs have 321 bones and 42 teeth.

Hear we go: A dog’s sense of hearing is 10 times better than a human’s.

A cute Dalmatian puppy

Spotless: Dalmatian puppies are born completely white. Their spots appear after about a month.

Top dog: The most popular breed of dog in the UK is the Labrador Retriever.

Out of this world: The first dog in space was called Laika, a Russian mongrel who orbited the earth in 1957. She did not make it home.

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