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Dogs are amazing aren’t they? They’re loyal friends, fearless defenders, tireless workers, not to mention goofball buddies who pick you up when you’re feeling low.

These amazing animals are far more intelligent, and have many more talents, than we give them credit for. But I wonder how many people truly appreciate just how incredible our best friends really are?

10 Amazing Dog Facts You Probably Didn’t Know!

  1. Bionic Ears  Dogs are able to interpret sounds at over 35, 000 vibrations per second. Human ears are capable of 20, 000 vibrations a second. That means that a dog’s hearing capability is 75% better than yours.
  2. Longevity – A dog’s life is unfortunately quite short. Most dogs live for only 10 to 15 years. But some dogs have been known to live for 20 years or more. In fact, and the oldest dog on record lived to be 29 years and 5 months old.
  3. Night Vision – A commonly believed bit of dog information is that they cannot see color – they can, although their color perception is not as good as ours. Where a dog’s vision really comes into its own is in the dark . Dog have special reflective layers in their eyes, which gives them better night vision than humans.
  4. Dogs of War – Dogs are extremely adaptable creatures and have been trained for many jobs, including as soldiers. The Roman legions made use of dogs on the battlefield, and dogs also went into battle alongside medieval knights. Many dogs served with honor in both WWI and WWII, and dogs are still very much part of the armed forces today.
  5. Jaws – Cats, bears and most other predators rely on both jaws and claws, but a dog’s main weapons are its teeth. And awesome weapons they are too. A dog’s jaws are capable of delivering an impressive 200 pounds of pressure per square inch.
  6. Nose Prints – Here’s an amazing bit of dog information. Every dog’s nose is unique. In fact, a dog’s nose produces a print that is every bit as unique as a human fingerprint.
  7. Anatomy – Dogs come in all shapes and sizes yet, by and large, share a common anatomical structure. From a Great Dane to a Chihuahua, all dogs have 321 bones and 42 teeth. Quite obviously, though, bone size and shape, as well as and organ placement, differs.
  8. Let Sleeping Dogs Sleep – Sleep is an important aid to growth in all baby animals. A puppy sleeps approximately 90% of the day during the first few weeks of its life.
  9. Tuning In – If you’ve ever studied your dog, you’ll have noticed how he swivels his ears in order to pick up interesting sounds. In order to achieve this, a dog’s ears have twice as many muscles as humans.
  10. Pet Dogs – Along with cats, dogs continue to be man’s favored animal companion. More than 35% of American households have a pet dog, and over 5 million puppies are born in the United States every year.