Many years ago a sage friend of mine challenged me with the following statement – “Well over 90% of all of the facts you know has been provided to you without confirming the information with your own independent research”.
Wow! How true is that! I have never looked at “facts” the same way since.
For a while thereafter, I really did try to check out information that I read or heard but, frankly, it’s impossible. So, it becomes very important to consider seriously the sources of information you rely on. Surely, that is what has brought you to this place. Sometimes though, facts can be of interest just because of their uniqueness or entertainment. Hence, our dog facts below are some of the more interesting ones.
So let’s have some fun.
Intelligence – This is a tricky area here but it is generally acknowledged that the Border Collie is an incredibly smart dog. If you have seen one in action you will understand. In fact, there is no lack of videos available internet wide, showing wonderful Border Collies doing amazing things. Another very smart dog is, maybe surprisingly, the Poodle. Unfortunately, due to impressions, hair styles and stereo types, this breed has been maligned and therefore doesn’t usually get credits for its smarts. Generally, though, dogs are considered to have the intelligence of a 2-3 year old human child. Anybody reading “terrible two’s” here?
On the other hand, a breed that may have earned its opposite title of one of the least intelligent dogs is the Afghan. Albeit beautiful, they can be difficult to train and slow to learn. Not so good combination.
Chick Magnet – True, there may not be many scientific studies in this area but reportedly there are some breeds that are better at attracting the opposite sex. Come on, you know it’s true! Anyway, it seems that the Golden Retriever takes top spot in this area. How can you argue with that? Beautiful, intelligent, child friendly and mid-sized, this breed is a natural magnet. A close second is the Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier. Also, mid-sized, this terrier has all the positive aspects of the terrier line but differs in terms of its soft, wheat color, big black nose and ear tips and an absolutely beautiful, friendly demeanor.
Urine Messages – Ever wonder why dogs are so curious about other dog’s urine smells. No, it’s not what you think. It seems that within the pungent smell of the urine lies an answer to questions a dog wants to know. For example, is the depositor a potential competing male or a possible female mate and whether the animal is too old or too young? Urine can convey if there is an illness present or we are dealing with a healthy animal. It has been reported that sniffing dogs can also tell whether the animal is depress or happy. Quite Freudian, do you think?
Eye Sight – Many of us have speculated about whether our dogs see in color and what do they actually see in the dark. Have you ever thought, though, how far away can they see? Can they actually differentiate you at long distances? It seems that a dog can see anyone to within 300 yards. That is quite a distance! Even more impressive is that YOUR dog can determine it is you to within a mile. That truly is incredible.
Speaking of Poodles – Brace yourself! French Poodles are not French. You heard it here. They are infact, German in origin and the word poodle is German as well. With respect to their somewhat unique haircut, pom-poms et al, it has been speculated that this came to be as a result of owners wishing to optimize the breeds swimming ability while protecting its joints from harsh weather/temperatures.
Longevity – We all would like to know how long our dogs will live. We check online life estimates, multiple dog years by human years, etc. Well, another way to determine which dogs live the longest seems to be their face, or at least the shape of it. Reportedly, if your dog looks more like a wolf, meaning a longer, pointed snoot you are (or your dog is) in luck. These dogs are expected to live longer than their flat faced relatives who may have a shorter life span to deal with.
Ok. I’ll stop. But there are many interesting dog facts. Some of the more interesting ones I have listed above but there are so many more, so stay tuned.