International Dog Day 2021: 7 fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about ‘man’s best friend’

International Dog Day 2021: 7 fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about ‘man’s best friend’

The day was established as National Dog Day in the US in 2004 by a pet lifestyle expert and animal rescue advocate named Colleen Page.

“The only, absolute and best friend that a man has, in this selfish world, the only one that will not betray or deny him, is his DOG,” King Frederick of Prussia is said to have famously remarked in 1789 while talking about his Greyhound. Since then, the phrase - ‘a dog is man’s best friend’ has been used so much that it has got stuck in our hearts. Doggos love us unconditionally. Time and again they have validated that they are truly 'a man (and woman)’s best friend’.

Today is International Dog Day, an occasion to celebrate every dog, no matter what breed they are. The day, commemorated on August 26 every year, also aims to draw attention to the plight of loyal four-legged friends and encourage their adoption. The day was established as National Dog Day in the US in 2004 by a pet lifestyle expert and animal rescue advocate named Colleen Page.

International Dog Day 2021: 7 fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about ‘man’s best friend’
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On the occasion of International Dog day today, let’s have a look at some fascinating facts about our tail-wagging besties.

  1. Dogs have the ability to breathe in and out at the same time.

  2. Dogs have an excellent sense of smell. Did you know that a dog runs its tongue over its nose to keep it moist? The layer of moisture on the nose helps it in grabbing chemical compounds that smells are made of.

  3. Unlike most dogs, Basenjis, a breed of hunting dog, makes sounds that include yodels and whines. The breed has been nicknamed the ‘barkless’ dog.

  4. Dogs have three eyelids per eye. The third eyelid, also known as the nictitating membrane, provides protection.

  5. Dogs can use their impeccable sense of smell for sniffing out diseases in human beings.

  6. Dogs have around 18 muscles per ear while human beings have just six.

  7. Most dogs are extremely good natural swimmers.

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