7 Facts about Dogs

7 Facts about Dogs

According to PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals), we are a nation of pet lovers – but have you ever wondered how many pets there actually are in the UK? Well, PDSA have the answer!

Every year PDSA work with YouGov to survey the UK’s pet owners which not only gives us a look into the wellbeing of our pets, but also means we can accurately estimate the UK’s pet population. So we know how many dogs are in the UK.

Did you know…

  • 49% of UK adults own a pet.
  • 24% of the UK adult population have a dog with an estimated population
    of 8.9 million pet dogs.

1. Dogs often dream

In fact, they experience similar stages of dreaming to humans – including rapid eye movement (REM), (the stage of dreaming we tend to remember). Twitches and paw movements are just some of the ways you can spot a dreaming dog. Even more amazing? It could be likely they could be dreaming about you!

2. As smart as two year-old children

Some have the ability to learn a similar average number of words as a two-year old child. Topping the intelligence category are Border Collies – with some clever collies understanding up to 200 words. Poodles, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers and Dobermans followed as the smartest dogs.

3. Super sense of smell 

A dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 better than humans. They can even use this super sense to detect diseases such as cancers and diabetes.

4. Tell-tail signs 

A wagging tail to greet you is one of the most recognisable forms of communication we see from dogs, but it isn’t always a positive one. Tail wagging to the right can mean they’re happy, but over to the left and it could mean they’re frightened. If they raise their tail, it might mean that they’re anxious.

5. Sharing your emotions 

Dogs sometimes share our emotions – getting stressed or upset when their owners do. They can feel a range of emotions, from optimism and pessimism to depression and jealousy, and of course, a whole lot of love and affection.

6. Paws for thought 

Dogs’ paws can be smelly, but with good reason – their sweat glands are located on the pads on their paws.

7. Nose identification

A dog’s nose print is as unique in identifying them as our fingerprint is to us.

Source: PDSA