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If you’ve been around dogs for awhile, you may have seen many things that impressed and amazed you. There doesn’t seem to be any shortage of things our dogs do that are endearing and funny, too.

But do you think you know everything about canines? The following fun dog facts may surprise you. 

Fun Dog Facts That May Surprise You

There are so many fascinating fun dog facts that it was difficult to select just a few. Here are our favorites, from New Haven Pet Hospital.

Dogs have a sense of time. In studies, it has been shown that a dog can differentiate between a short and a long amount of time. They can also predict future events, such as feeding time and walk time.

Your dog is as smart as a two year old. In recent studies, dogs have been shown to know as many words as a 2-year-old child, about 250. No wonder your dog and your kids have such as special bond!

Green with envy. Your dog can get jealous when they see you display affection for another creature. 

Dogs show kindness. Recent studies show that dogs are part of a small group of animals that show kindness without any reward.

Seeing eye dogs are trained to do their business on command. This makes it easier for their owners to clean up after them. 

Best friends. Petting a dog and gazing into their eyes releases the love hormone oxytocin for both them and you.

Long life. Dogs who are spayed or neutered live longer than those who are left intact.

Why Do They Do That? 

Dog behavior has its own set of amazing fun dog facts. Such as:

  • Dogs kick the ground after going to the bathroom to activate the scent glands on their paw pads and mark their territory
  • Dog chase their tails for exercise, from boredom, out of curiosity, and sometimes because of fleas! Talk to us if your dog is chasing her tail.
  • Your dog curls up in a ball when she sleeps to keep warm, and also to protect her internal organs from predators, an age old instinct. 
  • A human’s blood pressure goes down when petting a dog – and so does the dog’s.


A dog’s sense of smell is up to 100,000 times better than ours. They can detect human feelings, such as fear, and can be trained to detect cancer and other medical disorders in people through their sense of smell.

Other canine superpowers include:

  • Dogs have over 1,700 taste buds
  • A dog’s nose print is uniquely her own, similar to a human fingerprint
  • Stray dogs in Russia have learned how to ride the subway and get off at specific spots in search of food.
  • Dogs can read a human’s emotions and mood from facial expressions, and attach them to what the person is looking at.

Your Turn

Are there any other fun dog facts you want to share with us? Tell us at your next visit, or share on our social media pages. We look forward to seeing your dog soon!