If you’re one of the millions of dedicated pet owners out there that simply can’t bear to be separated from your pet, then chances are pretty good that you also generally love all things pet-related. So, we’re going to throw some fun pet facts your way for informational purposes and also for you to use to entertain at your next party or event. After all, with their cute faces and personalities, devotion and general fascinating demeanor, there’s just so much to love about animals and being a pet owner that it’s hard not to share!
Every pet is entirely unique. But, each is linked to some general characteristics that have been passed down by his or her species over generations. Did you know dogs, for example:
- Can only make about 10 different vocal sounds
- Have 100 different facial expressions, mostly made using their ears
- All have pink tongues, except for the Chow Chow and the Chinese Shar-Pei
- Generally have better eyesight than their human companions. But, their sight isn’t as colorful. They’re not colorblind, rather they see in muted hues just as humans do in lower light.
- Are incredibly receptive to training. They really excel when commands are paired with hand gestures or signals, as they’re primarily visual learners.
- All have distinct fine lines and wrinkles on their noses like human fingerprints. They uniquely identify each individual canine.
- Don’t have an appendix, but like human males, male canines are the only other species that have a prostate
- Can have a mysterious scent, like corn chip odor, on their paws. This is due to yeast and bacteria growth. So, if you smell this, it could be a sign of infection, often resulting from excessive licking.
- Barring the need to spay or neuter, a single female dog, her mate and their puppies could potentially breed over 66,000 dogs in just 6 years!
Cats also have their own unique and interesting facts. They, for example:
- Can make over 100 different sounds
- Can jump seven times their height!
- Rarely meow at each other. They reserve this sweet, innocent sound just for us humans!
- Have five toes on each front paw, but to many pet owners’ surprise only have four toes on their back paws
- Have greater memory banking capacity skills than even primates
- Can sprint up to 30 mph and run at a steady pace of 12 mph
- Have special “group” names. Kittens are referred to as a kindle, and mature cats are referred to as a clowder.
- Have unique, identifying nose prints just like dogs (and human fingerprints)
- Once lived alongside farmers in ancient Chinese villages long before they were domesticated by Egyptians 4,000 years ago
- Can’t taste anything sweet. Just like their larger feline friends, including cheetahs and tigers, they lack a certain gene that allows the taste of sweetness.
These are just a few fun facts to get the conversation going the next time you attend trivia night and want to impress the crowd or simply sit down for dinner with friends and family. As pet owners, it’s always exciting to talk about our four-legged counter parts and learn something new!