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Fun Facts About Dogs For Children

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Who this article is for and why we decided to create a compilation of dog facts for kids:

1. For all dog owners who want to educate their little one about dogs in a fun and interesting way.
2. Maybe thinking of getting a puppy for their little one
3. Just want to learn awesome, fun, and interesting facts about dogs

Parents have long known about the special union between children and dogs. Dogs are man’s best friend and dogs are proud to be loyal to their owners whilst also being very loving.  Often children pull their ears; pull their tails; and play with their dog food all while the dogs patiently take the unwanted torment. Out of respect for this loving relationship between dogs and children, I have gathered fun information about dogs that will be fun for children to learn.

How do dogs see the world?

Have you ever thought about how dogs see the world? Some people think that dogs can’t see colors but this is not true. Dogs look at the color terms as we do. However, the color for dogs is not as individual as it is to the human eye. It is similar to human’s seeing twilight as the sun is setting and colors begin to fade.

Even though dogs don’t see the same color as we do,  they can see better than us in low light. The reason for this is that they have layers behind the retina that reflect light back into the eyes, making them see a little better than we do in the twilight. Think of it as an array of reflective light similar to that you can see on bicycle pedals. Sometimes you can see this reflective area when you take a flash photo of your dog. Their eyes look like they shine because they reflect light.

Dogs and smells

You may already know that dogs can smell better than humans. Surprisingly, dogs can smell 100,000 times better than humans! This is why soldiers and police use dogs to find things such as bombs and drugs.

Dog nose prints

If you have a dog, I’m sure you are used to seeing nose marks on windows all over the house. However, I bet you didn’t know that the pattern found on each dog’s nose is different?

Like human fingerprints, no two nose prints are identical. Humans can even identify dogs by looking at the prints of a dog’s wet nose. The next time you see a nose mark on your window, look closer to see the unique pattern of your dog.

Dogs are also family.

If you have a dog, do you sign your pet’s name when signing birthday and holiday cards? If you do then you are not alone. About 70% of people do that too!

Not only that but around 58% of families include their dogs in a family photo and according to a study by the Purina Pet Institute, 43 percent of dog owners celebrate their dog’s birthday. Better get this “Let’s Pawty” Pack quick!

According to a study by Kelton Research and referred to in an article by Stanley Coren, PhD in Psyhology Today, out of a sample of 1000 people, “81% said they consider their dogs to be true family members, equal in status to children. It appears that dogs have become such an important part of the family that 54% of Americans now consider themselves to be “pet parents” rather than “pet owners”.” This really is proof that dogs are man’s best friend.

Note: What dog breeds are best for Family with little kids

Not all dogs bark

Our information about dogs would not be complete without facts about barking. For better or worse, dogs are known for their bark. Barking is a way to alert us to danger or to tell us whether they are happy or sad, and to communicate with other dogs.

However, did you know that there is one type of dog that cannot bark? It is true. This wolf-dog comes from Africa and is called a Basenji. However, the Basenji does still make noises such as growling and howling, like other dogs, but does not bark.

Dogs are extraordinary animals. This is only a small amount of information about dogs; and there are many other things you can learn about them.

Our top three picks for the interesting dog facts for young and old young children facts:

  1. Not all dogs bark (I must confess on this one I never knew some dogs don’t bark)
  2. Dogs and smells (Dogs can smell 100,000 times better than humans!)
  3. Dogs do see colors but not as we humans see them.

We hope you enjoyed reading our fun facts about dogs and most importantly that your kids enjoyed the fun and interesting compilation of dog facts too.

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