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Surprisingly Strange Facts About Dogs

Did you know that Basset Hounds can’t swim? Or that dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible? Get ready to be the hit of your next cocktail party with these amazingly strange but entirely true facts about man’s best friend. You can thank us later.

  • Have you ever looked at your dog and toddler, side by side, and wondered who would win in a battle of the wits? Chances are your dog would come out on top. Dogs have been shown to understand around 250 words and actions and have demonstrated the ability to count and perform simple math problems. Good luck getting your 2 year old to do that!
  • 3 dogs were counted among the survivors of the sinking of the Titanic. 2 Pomeranians and 1 Pekingese managed to escape the catastrophic iceberg encounter by being smuggled aboard lifeboats by their respective owners.
  • Despite what you may want to believe, your dog actually doesn’t love being hugged. For him, having your arms wrapped around him is an uncomfortable sign of dominance. Not exactly the sentiment you were going for. Ear scratches, belly rubs, or a good old fashioned game of fetch might be a better way of saying “hey buddy, I love you!”
  • Feel like swimming a few laps at the local pool? Best leave your Basset Hound behind. Thanks to their adorably unique proportions, they carry 2/3 of their body’s weight in the front which makes them less-than-stellar at staying afloat. Add in those sweet, stubby legs and you’ve got yourself a recipe for aquatic disaster. Do yourself a favour and stick to the shore.
  • Next time you break out your Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band vinyl, make sure your dog is around when “A Day in the Life” comes on. Paul McCartney included a high frequency tone that only your favourite four-legged friends can hear towards the end of the song.
  • Ask any dog lover what their pal’s paws smell like and they’re guaranteed to respond with a resounding “corn chips!” This strangely pleasant phenomenon is a result of microorganisms that attach themselves to a dog’s paw pads and are subsequently mixed with sweat. If only human feet smelled so good at the end of a long, hot day.
  • Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible. From verses about their wild and unruly ways to a reference about greyhounds, canines definitely get their fair share of shout outs. As for cats? Not a single mention.
  • Border Collies, German Shepherds, Poodles, and Golden Retrievers are said to be the most intelligent dog breeds whereas Afghan Hounds rank on the opposite end of the spectrum. Hey, at least they’re gorgeous, right?
  • George Washington was more than just the first president of the United States of America. He was also the proud owner of not 1, not 2, but 36 dogs. Apparently, George was a man who knew what he liked and stuck to it because every single one of those pooches was a Foxhound.
  • A dog’s mouth can clamp down all while exerting approximately 200 pounds of pressure per square inch. Some dogs have the capability of doubling that which packs a pretty powerful punch. So if your dog’s bark is worse than his bite, be grateful.
  • A dog’s ear features at least 18 muscles. No wonder those cute little things are so darn expressive.