So you thought you knew everything about dogs? Like how they see in black-and-white? Not true. Or how when they wag their tail it means they're happy? Not always.We've found out 9 amazing facts about dogs that youhave really got the WOW factor. Some of these will blow your minds:
According to scientists in California, dogs suffer from jealousy and can get pretty bitter when they do.Researchers studied 36 dogs from 14 breeds and found that most of them didn't mind when their humansignored them but when their humans started giving lots of cuddles to a a stuff dog, they would start snarling.
Most of you thought that dogs could only see in black-and-white, but in fact that's just a common myth. Dogsactually only have two cones in their eyes to detect colours, whereas humans have three. So dogs can tell the difference between colours,just not as vividly as us humans.
All those paw prints look the same, don't they? But in reality,every dog does its own unique fingerprint. It's just not on theirpaws, it's on their nose! Dogs can actually be identified through a print of their nose.
Scientists agree that dogs are descendants of wolves.What happened is they became domesticated when tribes used to usewolves as guards or fellow hunters. To think that Chihuahuas are descended from wolves might be a tricky one to wrap your head around!
Dogs have the same brain wave patterns as humans while they're sleeping, so they dream just like we do. This may not be a huge surprise for doggy parents who've seen their four-legged friends twitching and running in their sleep, but now it's confirmed!
Your dog can fall in love with other dogs, and he's probably in love with you! Scientists found that a dog’s brain releases oxytocin - the love hormone - when it interacts with humans and dogs, just the same as a human brain does when we hug or kiss.
Did you know that the smartest breeds are similar to a 2-year-old child in their ability to understand human speech? These dogs, like Collies, can understand up to 250 words, while the average dog can understand 150 words.
9. A wagging tail doesn't always mean they're happy
Tail wagging is a language in itself. Apparently even the direction of their wagging could mean something entirely different. The height of their wag also means something different, the higher the happier. Learn how to read your dog's tail here.