Five quirky facts about dogs.
Did you know that some dogs can outsmart a baby, keep you safe in the wilderness and even bring home the bacon? Here are five facts you might not know about man’s best friend.
Dogs – our best friends, closest confidantes and constant companions. There’s no denying our pups enrich our lives beyond measure. So go on, read these fun facts about our much-loved pets – you’re bound to be surprised by some of these!
One: Dogs are as smart as a two-year-old human
While they might not compare to a fully-grown adult, in the scheme of things, yes – dogs are pretty smart! According to leading canine researcher Stanley Coren of the University of British Columbia, dogs are better complex problem-solvers than we first thought.
Your furry friend can understand more than 150 words, with the smartest of the bunch able to learn up to 250. They can also trick other dogs and humans for treats, and can perform basic counting.
Some dog breeds are more intelligent than others. Border collies come up the smartest. Don’t let their fluffy looks fool you – poodles come in a hot second for intelligence, followed by German shepherds.
Two: Your dog’s nose is just like a fingerprint
Have you ever stared at your dog’s cute-as-a-button nose, admiring its one-of-a-kind pattern? Well, you’re right to take a good look, as there’s much more than meets the eye when it comes to your dog’s snout.
Each dog’s nose is equivalent to a human fingerprint, with unique creases and folds meaning no two are the same.
Next time your dog is leaping up to give you some smooches, check out its beautiful nose!
Three: A dog once led his blind owner through the Appalachian Trail
While some might play with toys all day long, dogs can also be trained to perform astonishing tasks, such as guiding those with visual impairment. In 1990, one incredible German shepherd called Orient led his owner, Bill Irwin, through the peaks and valleys of the Appalachian Trail – a trail that stretches about 3379 kilometres through the wilderness of 14 American states.
This isn’t just a walk in the park – it’s a track featuring severe weather, wild animals and harsh terrain. Yet Orient led his human safely through all its dangers. Irwin wanted to achieve something amazing in his life, and Orient helped him do just that.
Orient isn’t alone in his amazing abilities. Some dogs are also trained to undertake water rescues, seizure response, therapy and much more. What would we do without them?
Four: Some dogs are richer than you are
Doug the Pug has more than 3.5 million followers on Instagram. His status as an influencer has led to appearances in music videos and a cool net worth of about USD $500,000. Not to mention all the free dog food he must be getting!
But he’s not the only dog rolling in it. Throughout history, several wealthy dog owners have left their fortunes to their beloved furry friends.
Actress Drew Barrymore put her home in a trust for her pet dog Flossie, after he woke her one night and alerted her to a house fire, potentially saving her life.
Businesswoman Leona Helmsley also made provisions for her pet dog Trouble, leaving her treasured pet USD $12 million. He must have one comfy dog bed to sleep in at night.
But taking the cake is lucky pup Gunther III, who inherited a fortune of about USD $80 million from his dog-loving owner. These riches were then invested by trustees and increased to more than $300 million. This sum now belongs to Gunther IV, next in the line of wealthy German shepherds. Owner of villas in Italy, the Bahamas and Miami, this is one pampered pooch.
Five: Your dog loves your scent
It’s true – your dog loves the way you smell. Even leaving your pupper with clothes you’ve worn recently can help ease any separation anxiety they experience while you are out.
After all, dogs have an unbelievable sense of smell. Their noses are 10,000 to 100,000 times more sensitive to smell than ours, so it’s no wonder they’re so good at sniffing out that tiny piece of food that’s fallen to the floor.
Next up, read our five quirky facts about cats to find out what’s special about our feline friends.