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50 Truly Amazing Facts About Your Dog

Animals  (tags: Dog, Pet, Animal Behavior, Facts )

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Dogs need almost no introduction whatsoever, cliché as that sounds. One of the most beloved mammalian companions for millennia, canines provide just as much charm as they do economic, health and safety value.


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Jack B (57)
Monday September 6, 2010, 10:35 pm
thanks noted

Jenny Dooley (830)
Monday September 6, 2010, 10:57 pm
Thanks for this interesting article, Sophie.

Parsifal S (96)
Monday September 6, 2010, 11:00 pm
Interesting, indeed.
TUFT Sophie!

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Monday September 6, 2010, 11:47 pm
This was GREAT! Thanks for posting this Sophie. I am forwarding to all.

gail dair (0)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 12:02 am
noted thankyou

Mack David (100)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 12:09 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 5:57 am
thank you.

Vivien Green (153)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 6:34 am
Thank you sophie very interesting facts.

Antonio Amador (60)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 9:49 am
The reason for chasing cars behavior is really funny. Thank you for sharing

Tanya G (27)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 10:33 am
C",) C",)

Tuesday September 7, 2010, 11:35 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 12:58 pm
Noted thanks

Roger S (18)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 1:12 pm
You got to love those canines!

Kathleen Rau (2)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 1:35 pm
Intresting and well presented. Thank you.

. (0)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 1:45 pm
Great article, thanks for the post.

Sheryl m (23)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 2:05 pm
luv 'em! :)

Shirley H (49)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 2:22 pm
TY, Interesting.
Shirley H.

Pamela K (13)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 2:41 pm
I found the site to be disappointing and in error on some information. Most disturbing was the supposed "fact" that dogs achieve full maturity by six months of age---absolutely NOT true! They may attain most of their height by that age (though by no means all of it) and some may even be capable of breeding at that age but certainly I don't know of any breed that is truly mature until almost 12 months and some breeds take until 18 months to reach physical and mental maturity.
Also, dogs DO often quickly "get" the idea of a person pointing and look in that direction. The reference to one dog year being equal to 7 humnan years is outdated--depending on breed a 1-yr old dog is equivalent to a 12-15 yr old human, then the ratio diminishes.

Cindy C (125)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 3:22 pm
MM I agree with you Pamela

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 3:40 pm
Thanks so much. I enjoyed reading that but was surprised that the French and Americans owned more dogs than the British.

Julija M (2)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 4:03 pm
nice, thanks

. (0)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 4:06 pm
Love this stuff ! Bookmarked ! Thankyou Sophie.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 5:22 pm
PLEASE BE CAREFUL folks and DON'T feed you dear pets anything that includes the words

"Animal Derivatives" they consist of exactly what you think when stopping to do so - parts of dead and diseased animals!!!!!! Please take not everyone and avoid all such foods, even treats!

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 5:32 pm
Very cool article!!! Thanx. :)

Mandy M (13)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 7:09 pm
Thank you Sophie. Pamela, agree about the inaccuracies. When I point out in the yard my dogs know exactly where to look. They also know that I usually point at "fun" stuff like squirrels and chipmunks (they never catch any, but the chase makes for a ton of fun) so they get very excited as soon as I point my finger at anything.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 8:00 pm
Noted , thanks , love dogs !!

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 8:07 pm
Noted, thanks.

Gary C (5)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 8:14 pm
Great article thankyou so much for a most interesting read , brilliant !

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 8:40 pm
Very interesting! Some of them were eye-openers.

gerlinde p (161)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 9:08 pm
thanks for this interesting article

Sharon S (8)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 9:50 pm
Good article and lists, but the age of the dog has changed from the 7 to 1 ratio. I cannot remember it as it is a bit confusing but is somewhat like 7 to 1 the first year and 3 or 4 years each year thereafter. Who really cares? I love my canines, all of the ones I have had and the ones I will have down the road. Some lived to 18 some to 11 and 12. But no matter how long they live I am glad to have had them in my life.

Corinna M (40)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 10:05 pm
Very interesting.

Rebecca Stover (33)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 10:09 pm
Wonderful facts that all dog owners should read! Thank you Sophie!

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 10:48 pm
In a recent interview with Larry King, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain quipped that it was OK for humans to kill and eat animals because we've been designed to chase down "smaller and stupider creatures." Never mind that cows and pigs, two animals that are slaughtered by the millions for food, are most certainly bigger than we are. It was the "stupider" remark that caught my attention, and not just for Bourdain's obvious grammatical shortcomings.
I think many of us feel that animals are dumb; that animals lack the intelligence we humans seem to have so abundantly. I believe this looking down on animals plays a big part in what allows us to treat them in the most heinous ways -- from factory farms to fur farms to laboratories to circuses. We believe that because animals can't write a book, compose a symphony, or do algebra that we're so much better than them.
What a load of bullshit.
Did you know, for example, that pigeons can fly thousands of miles to find the same roosting spot with no navigational difficulties? Some species of birds, like the Arctic Tern, make a 25,000-mile round-trip journey every year. Many species use built-in ferromagnets to detect their orientation with respect to the Earth's magnetic field. Can you do that?
Dolphins have a very distinct language that scientists now refer to as "dolphinese" which humans can't decipher. For all our human knowledge, we have no idea how to understand what should be, according to Bourdain, a "stupider" means of communication.
Salmon are born in rivers, but swim thousands of miles to the ocean only to return to the exact same spot upstream to die.
Elephants communicate with each other subsonically, using low rumbles that can travel for miles underground. They also mourn their dead and have been seen cradling the bones of family members that have passed on.
Butterflies are now thought to have the equivalent of a GPS system in their antennae.
Pigs have the mental capacity of a four year-old human child and have beat humans in memory games.
So, perhaps animals are not stupid. Perhaps it's we who are stupid for not recognizing the amazing things animals can do, many of which we can't do ourselves. Perhaps it's we who are dumb for not being able to circumnavigate the globe without instruments as albatross do, or find our way home across thousands of miles of ocean as Blue Whales do.
Maybe humans can actually learn a thing or two from these "stupid" animals. How about we start with this: animals don't create trash. Animals don't build nuclear weapons to annihilate each other. Animals don't conjure up religions and then kill each other in the name of their Gods. Animals with white fur don't discriminate against animals with fur of a different hue or color. Animals only take what they need. Animals are self-cleaning and don't waste water -- my cat has NEVER had a bath yet he'd smell better than any human who didn't shower. Animals don't gay bash homosexual animals. Animals don't screw over other animals for financial gain a la Bernie Madoff. Animals don't breed other animals to be prettier, fatter, or tastier. Animals don't systematically torture and abuse and kill billions of other animals (or each other) the way humans do. Animals don't commit Holocausts, they don't factory farm, and they don't ethnically cleanse each other. Animals don't cheat. Animals don't front. Animals are their authentic selves.
Yes, humans can do some amazing things: we can cure diseases, we can build skyscrapers, we can figure out how to travel into space. But only human arrogance would suggest that we're better or smarter than animals. The animals of the world evolved to be just as they are. They exist for their own reasons. Only an idiot would call them stupid.

MmAway M (519)
Wednesday September 8, 2010, 12:01 am
Thank you Sophie, will come back to take a closer peek at this, but, I remember being in the South of France and had a pooch almost sit on me (which was fine with me),but that would never happen in the USA!!!


Wednesday September 8, 2010, 12:37 am
Very interesting:) Thank you!

SANJA l (96)
Wednesday September 8, 2010, 3:08 am
Thank you. Good article.

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Wednesday September 8, 2010, 8:14 am
Interesting ....

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Wednesday September 8, 2010, 9:18 am

Jennifer M (78)
Wednesday September 8, 2010, 1:53 pm

Kate Kenner (215)
Wednesday September 8, 2010, 1:58 pm
First of all we don't or shouldn't "own" dogs. Also, I read an article that said that dogs do understand pointing and I have seen my dogs and others follow a point at times. A fun article though.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 9, 2010, 2:44 am
Great Article thanks - I enjoyed Reading it

Kara C (15)
Thursday September 9, 2010, 8:09 am
My dog has only done one hole, she sleeps in it during the day :/ and she understands pointing (along with many other dogs I have met) and most carers would of seen out dogs running or barking while fast asleep and of course been the victim of a disapproving stare from next to the bowl when you fed them too late.

Phyllis Henderson (12)
Thursday September 9, 2010, 8:41 am
Very informative and very interesting.

. (0)
Thursday September 9, 2010, 8:12 pm
Love it! They are all Good Facts! Dogs are Great!

Dianne D (490)
Friday September 17, 2010, 9:29 am
Interesting. Let's see an artilcle like this on cats

Jennifer Lyle (64)
Thursday October 7, 2010, 10:54 am
Happy making!
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