August 26 is National Dog Day, and it’s the perfect excuse to celebrate your pup. Because, let’s face it, dogs are amazing creatures that spread joy and enrich our lives. But did you know that there’s more to our furry four-legged friends than meets the eye? In this post, we’ll share 5 “fun”usual facts about dogs you probably didn’t know.

1) They’re About as Smart as a Two-Year-Old Child

Scientists have discovered that the average dog is about as smart as a two-year-old child. This was revealed by measuring intelligence with a language development test. Just like two-year-old children, average dogs can learn around 165 words, signals, and gestures. And the smartest breeds like Border Collies and German Shepherds can learn a massive 250 words! The study even found that dogs outsmart two-year-olds when it comes to socializing and math. 

2) All Dogs Have a Third Eyelid

Just like birds, reptiles, and some other mammals, all dogs have a third eyelid called the nictitating membrane. This third eyelid is hidden in the corner of the eye just under the lower lid. Its job is to provide extra protection, wipe dirt and debris from the eye, produce tears, and help fight infection. 

3) They Poop in Alignment With the Earth’s Magnetic Poles

Ever wondered why your dog takes so long to do their business? Scientists have discovered that dogs poop in alignment with the Earth’s magnetic poles. They prefer to be aligned north-south, and actively avoid east-west alignment. The reason for this puzzling behavior is unclear, but it just goes to show how acute a dog’s senses are! 

4) A Dog’s Nose Print Is As Unique as a Fingerprint

Did you know that no two dogs have the same nose print? That’s because each nose has its own pattern of ridges and creases that make it as unique as a human fingerprint. In fact, dog nose prints are so unique that the Canadian Kennel Club has been accepting dog nose prints as proof of identity since way back in 1938. 

5) The Smallest Living Dog Is Less Than 4 Inches Tall

According to Guinness World Records, the smallest living dog is a Chihuahua called Miracle Milly who measures just 3.8 inches tall and weighs in at roughly a pound! When she was born, Miracle Milly fit in a teaspoon and weighed less than an ounce. These days, she sleeps in a baby’s crib and has a taste for home-cooked food. 

Bonus Fact: Dogs Can Smell Your Emotions

Many pet parents swear that their four-legged friends can pick up on their moods. And scientists have discovered that this superpower is real. What’s surprising is that dogs can actually smell our emotional state, and they respond to negative emotions by adopting them as their own. So, next time you’re feeling anxious or stressed, consider taking a shower to spare your dog’s feelings. 

We hope you enjoyed today’s post. Your dog is unique and amazing, so make sure to celebrate them this National Dog Day!