So, you LOVE dogs and you think you know everything there is to know about these curious canines– but scientists are always learning more about our furry friends and, today, we’ll share with you 13 incredible facts that you may not have known!

  1. Dogs can understand up to 250 words and gestures; they can even perform simple mathematical equations! The average dog is as intelligent as a two-year-old child. The smartest breeds are said to be the poodle, border collie, and shetland sheepdog. The world’s smartest dog is reportedly Chaser – he can identify over a thousand different toys!
  1. Did you know? The Beatles song “A day in the Life” has an ultrasonic whistle that is only audible to dogs! Paul McCartney recorded it for his Shetland Sheepdog, Martha.
  1. The wetness of a dog’s nose is essential for determining what direction a smell is coming from.
  1. “Frito Feet” is a real phenomenon among dogs; the combination of moisture and bacteria on their paws releases a popcorn-like aroma, often described as smelling like fritos or doritos!
  1. Each dog’s nose print is as unique as a human fingerprint.
  1. Yes, dogs do dream! Puppies and senior dogs dream more frequently than adult dogs.
  1. A recent study shows that dogs are among a small group of animals who show voluntary unselfish kindness towards others without any reward.
  1. Dachshunds were bred to fight badgers in their dens. Who knew they were bred to do anything else than be adorable?
  1. It’s a common misconception that since dogs are color-blind, they can only see in black and white. Well, color-blind humans see more than black and white, right? Dogs can see in color, though they most likely see colors similar to a color-blind human! They can actually see better when the light is low.
  1. The average dog can run nearly 20 mph. Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on Earth and can run at speeds of 45 mph.

Dogs are incredible animals and there’s so much we can learn from, and about, them. As technology and science further evolve, so do the opportunities to get more information about our pawsome friends. Next time somebody says “it’s just a dog,” let them in on one of the above facts– they’ll be sure to think dif-fur-rently about precious pups going forward!