22 Awesome Things You Didn’t Know About Your Dog

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1. Got a Labrador? Think it’s the bee’s knees? You’re not alone — labs are the most popular breed in the world.

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2. Dogs don’t just lap up water indiscriminately — they form the backs of their tongues into little water cups.

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3. Your dog’s earliest ancestor is the Miacis, a small weasel-like creature that lived 40 million years ago. Dogs share this ancestor with wolves, raccoons, and bears.

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4. If your dog’s acting up, it might be because a storm’s on the way. Dogs can hear, smell, and feel a change in the weather long before us.

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6. The first sense puppies develop is touch.

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7. But! They don’t really enjoy hugging. In the canine world, putting your limb over another animals signifies dominance.

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8. Eighteen muscles move your dog’s ears around independently of one another.

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9. Square-headed dogs (like Saint Bernards) can hear subsonic sounds better than dogs with narrow heads (like spaniels).

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10. But tiny dogs, like Chihuahuas, can hear sounds in higher ranges than big dogs.

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11. Dogs’ nose prints are as unique as human fingerprints, and can be used to prove identity. Good luck sticking a dog’s face in some ink without making the mother of all messes, though.

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12. Your dog’s wet nose helps him detect scent by absorbing the water droplets that carry smells.

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13. When dogs dig after pooing, they’re not burying anything – they’re marking their territory using scent glands in their paws.

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14. Guide dogs poo on command.

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15. Male dogs lift their legs when they pee as a sign of dominance.

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16. Dog urine can corrode metals. In fact, several lampposts in Croatia actually collapsed because so many dogs were peeing on them.

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17. Some species of Pekingese were specially bred so that they could be carried around inside a lady’s sleeve.

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18. Border collies and poodles are thought to be the most intelligent dogs.

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19. Afghan hounds and basenjis are thought to be the least intelligent.

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20. Beagles are the nosiest dogs.

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21. Akita Inus are the most badly behaved dogs around — owning one could even negatively affect your home insurance.

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22. … And, of course, Huskies tell the worst jokes.

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Robyn Wilder is a staff writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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