Facts About Dogs You May Not Know

There is no doubt that dogs are a wonderful pet, they’re soft and cuddly, loving and caring and are a great companion for many Australians. Here are some interesting facts about our furry friends that may surprise you.

Did you know that the average dog is way more intelligent than you may think? According to Stanley Coren, a professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, dogs are able to understand up to 250 words, can perform easy mathematical calculations and can count up to 5. Sounds crazy right? The tests conducted were designed to see the growth of language and basic mathematics among children. So the next time you’re doing maths homework in front of your dog, remember they might be able to understand you.


Ever wondered how many teeth dogs have? Dogs actually start out with 28 baby teeth, once they reach 6 months, all those teeth fall out and are replaced by 42 permanent ones. During the teething process you may notice your dog chomping on chewable items such as shoes and toys, this is normal as it’s just a way to deal with the discomfort they may be experiencing.

Puppies are unable to hear, smell and see as soon as they’re born? True, they start to develop hearing and their vision around 9 to 12 days old. Puppies are able to smell at the three week mark and need their mother when they’re incredibly tiny in order to provide warmth and comfort. During the first couple of weeks, puppies’ sleep 90% of the time, the rest of that time is spent getting feed by the mother.


What is Australia’s dog population? Around 3.7 million dogs are bringing companionship to many households around the country. The pet care industry in Australia is one of the largest, with over 44,700 people employed in the sector.


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