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25 Amazing Dog Facts You Never Knew

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Human beings have loved dogs for over 30,000 years. Research shows that we've been sharing our lives with them for that long. So, how is it that we still have so much to learn about our canine companions? Shouldn't we know it all by now? We know they like gnawing on bones, adore rolling in stinky things, and chasing squirrels and tennis balls. What more is there? 

You'd be surprised! Here are some fun dog facts that might change the way you see your canine companion. Thought you knew a lot about dogs? Read these interesting facts and think again.

  • Dogs Can Read Your Face

    Scientists have shown that dogs are especially good at reading the emotions on our faces. Dogs can tell at a glance if we're joyful, confused, angry, or sad, just by looking at our faces. They also can be affected by these emotions, often feeling them just as strongly as we do. 


  • Dogs Sweat Through Their Paws

    What? Dogs sweat? Sure they do! Though, instead of sweating through their skin like people, they sweat through their paws. Check it out the next time the temperature rises and your dog seems a little hot. This is one of the reasons why many dogs' feet can smell salty. 

  • Dogs' Noseprints Are Just As Unique As Fingerprints Are to Humans

    Just as humans can be identified absolutely by their fingerprints, dogs can be identified by their noseprints. The Canadian Kennel Club has been using noseprints to identify dogs since 1938

  • There Are Plenty of Wealthy Dogs

    Treated like members of the family, pets are increasingly included in their owners' wills, often much to the dismay of human relatives who find themselves snubbed in favor of the deceased's four-legged best friend. It is estimated that, in the United States, over one million dogs are currently the primary beneficiaries of their owner's wills.