Did You Know: These Doggie Facts?

  • With their swiveling ears, dogs can locate the source of a sound in 0.06 seconds.
  • Dogs have far fewer taste buds than humans, but the 200 million scent receptors in their nasal folds (compared to our 5 million) nevertheless make some of them very finicky eaters.
  • The hair on a dog’s muzzle, eyes, and jaws are touch-sensitive hairs called vibrissae that can sense tiny changes in airflow.
  • Dogs have 39 pairs of chromosomes. Humans have 23.
  • Dogs have about 10 vocal chords. Cats have more than 100.
  • Studies show dogs can learn to distinguish up to 100 words.
  • Dogs’ eyes are more sensitive to light and movement than ours but lack our focal range flexibility—you spot the tennis ball in the grass right away; your dog notices a bug flitting a wing somewhere in the periphery instead.

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