From the Chihuahua that lives in your purse to the constantly snoozing Bulldog, each and every pup comes with their own unique personalities and quirks. Still, there’s more than meets the eye with every breed, so we’ve collected five fun and little-known facts about your dog.
- Dogs have dreams.
That’s right. Every time your particular pup grabs some shuteye, they’re dreaming about chasing squirrels, finding their fire hydrant soulmate, and finally catching their tail. You may have actually noticed your dog bark, growl, or kick while they’re asleep. According to Psychology Today, canine brain waves can mirror our own, showing all the same stages of brain activity that indicate that your dog is indeed dreaming.
2. Dogs can see in the dark.
Well, not as well as you do, but they can see in the dark more easily. Studies have shown that the retinas of a dog have more rods than our own, allowing them to detect the grey-spectrum (AKA they way they see every day) more easily. That means that your pup can patrol twilight and other low-light settings more efficiently to protect you from mailmen, strange noises, and other serious threats.
3. Dogs have fewer taste buds than we do.
All those sad, begging eyes are hiding a terrible secret: that filet mignon you’re about to chow down on will taste much better to you than it will to them. That’s because dogs only have around 1,700 taste buds, compared to our 9,000. So, in this case, quantity means quality.
4. Dogs have three eyelids.
Ever noticed your pup’s third eyelid? Probably not, because that would be a weird thing to notice. All the same, it’s there. All dogs are born with a nictitating membrane, or third eyelid. If you’re already trying to say ‘nictitating membrane’ fast three times, feel free to just refer to it as a ‘haw’. Haws are located in the inner corner of the eye, beneath a doggo’s lower lid. These membranes help clear debris and mucus from the cornea, produce about one-third of their tears, and create an antibody that helps to fight off infection. While it’s not easy to see in most breeds, some pups are born with visible haws that they show off at dinner parties.
5. Dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet.
If you’ve ever been on a run with your dog, you’ve probably noticed that your dog doesn’t sweat. Well, not where you can see anyway. You see, dogs release heat differently than we do, relying primarily on panting and small sweat glands in the pads of their feet to cool off. We, on the other hand, prefer margaritas.
These are just a few of the surprising characteristics that make your particular pupper tick. Get the 411 on more fascinating doggie health and wellness trivia on our blog to love your dog longer.