All Things Dog Blog
FUN DOG FACT FRIDAY: 9 facts about our k9 mates

1 ) Can dogs see in colour?

YES!
Dogs actually do see color, but they see a more limited spectrum made of shades of blue and yellow and gray. Imagine what that’s like! They can’t imagine the colours we see either. Think of the variety of spectrums being seen by all different species of animals. It’s a wild looking world.

2 ) Where are dogs only sweat glands?

IN THEIR PAWS & NOSE
Most of the dog’s sweat glands are located around the foot pads with some in the nose as well. That’s why when a dog is overheated you may sometimes see a trail of wet footprints left behind.

Dogs cool themselves primarily by the process of panting and breathing, with the moist lining of their lungs serving as the evaporative surface.

Whose cooling mechanisms are better for getting the job done.. dogs or humans? Unfair as it seems, the less furry of the two species manages cooling much better due to our ability to sweat over more surface area. That’s why it is so important to be sure to have fresh water for your dog in warm weather and NEVER leave your pup in the car when the temperature is even moderately warm.

3 ) What is the number one health problem among dogs?

PERIODONTAL DISEASE & OBESITY & EUTHANASIA
I gave points for all these answers as I accidentally didn’t make the question specific enough.  Thanks Robin Starr for pointing that out. ; ) (Yes, and I can’t seem to number either!) And Kathleen Joan Lamb you make an excellent point about euthanasia. The question was about health problems, and if death isn’t a health problem I don’t know what is, so I’m definitely accepting that as an answer. Devastating but true.

4 ) True or False? Dog’s nose prints are as unique as human’s finger prints and can be used to identify them.

TRUE!
Dogs nose prints are completely unique just like a human finger print. But don’t put ink on them to record them! You can easily find them on your car windows though. ; )

5 ) Do dogs have webbed feet?

SOME DO. SOME DON’T.
Only dogs bred for things involving water will have webbed feet. I am not sure this is a complete list, but the following dogs breeds do have webbed feet: Akita, Brussels Griffon, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Chinook, Field Spaniel, German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Leonberger, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Otterhound, Plott Hound, Portuguese Water Dog, Redbone Coonhound, Spanish Water Dog, Weimaraner, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Check your dog! ; )

6 ) Which country in the world has the highest dog population?

AMERICA
Here’s a link to see the top ten countries with the highest dog populations

7 ) Do all dogs have pink tongues?

NO
Not all dogs have pink tongues. The Chow and the Sharpei notably have blue-black tongues.

8 ) What was the name of the first dog in space in 1957?

LAIKA
Poor beautiful natured Laika was sent into space by the Russians on November 3, 1957. Scientists weren’t sure what the impact would be of space flight on living creatures. As usual when humans are too scared to try something they sent an animal to do the job. The Russian goverment reported that she died on day six when her oxygen ran out, but she likely died within hours of the launch from overheating due to a mechanical failure. By all accounts she was a most delightful canine and I think it’s important that we honour and remember her.

9 ) How long does a mother dog carry her young before they are born?

60 – 64 DAYS
How amazing that dogs can make beautiful puppies in so short a time. Pups are born with their eyes tightly closed and their ear canals closed so they are unable to hear or see. Why are they born so helpless? A shorter gestation period is important for animals such as dogs who typically hunted for their survival. It would be challenging for a mother dog to survive a full nine months pregnant so the pups were born before all their organs were fully formed. Amazing, eh? Puppies’ critical organs like the brain are actually still forming rapidly for weeks after birth.

On the other end of the spectrum grazing animals like cow and deer do carry their babies for 9 months until they are more fully formed. It is most vital that these species can run with the herd as soon as they are born so that the young can survive when predators attack.

Well there you have it for our first FUN FACT FRIDAY. I really enjoyed it and I hope you did as well.

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