10 Facts About Dogs You Probably Didn’t Know

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When you’ve been around HSNEGA long enough, you learn a lot of tidbits about animals you never thought you would know, whether through research or just by asking everyone. Some are cool, some are gross, and some are just weird, but either way, they are usually pretty interesting. Since HSNEGA mostly shelters cats and dogs, most of our “did you know?’s” are about cats and dogs. Without further ado, here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about dogs, 5 are from research and 5 are from yours truly… staff member at HSNEGA!

Five Facts from the Internet:

  1. The reason dogs’ noses are always so wet is because the mucus on their nose traps scents, and they then lick their nose to get a better sense of the scent.
  2. Dogs have a third eyelid that closes horizontally.
  3. Dogs sweat from the pads on the bottom of their paws.
  4. Dogs sleep curled up to protect their organs while the sleep.
  5. Dogs have 42 teeth! That’s 10 more than humans.

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Five Facts from the HSNEGA Team:

  1. It doesn’t matter if your dogs are brother and sister, father and daughter, or mother and son… they will still mate and reproduce with one another. That’s why it is important to have your pets surgically altered (“fixed”).
  2. One male and one female dog and their offspring  can produce 67,000 puppies in 6 years.
  3. Male dogs can smell a female dog in heat from miles away, which may explain why your female dog keeps getting pregnant but you never see the daddy dog.
  4. Male dogs have nipples just like human males do. Owners often mistake male nipples for a tick. 
  5. Dogs can hear four times the distance of a human.

Do you know any interesting facts about dogs? We’d love to hear them in the comments!

Information for this post provided by Dr. Jaime Feroli, DVM, Medical Director for the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. Other information provided by PetFinder.com.

Written by J. Martin, HSNEGA Marketing Communications Specialist

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