Everyone knows that Irish Wolfhounds are the biggest dogs in the land and that a dog’s brain is specialized for scent, but here are a few quirky and mind-blowing facts that you probably don’t know related to our beloved pups.

1-Dogs can alert their owners of an epileptic seizure up to an hour before it occurs

2-Dogs can diagnose your cancer

3-You can lower your blood pressure just by petting your pup!

4-The reason dogs curl up is because of an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and to protect vital organs while they sleep.

5-Dogs snub people who are mean to their owners - and even reject their treats

6-Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five and can perform simple mathematical calculations. The average dog is as intelligent as a two-year-old child

7-Service dogs are trained to know when they are on duty. When their harness is on, they know it’s business time. When you take it off, the pups immediately become playful and energetic

8-Dogs can see in colour: It is a common myth that dogs can only see in black and white but they can actually see colours - just not as vividly as humans.

9-The normal body temperature of a human is 37C, but a dog’s is a whole degree higher at 38C. That’s one reason fleas are more likely to be attracted to your dog than to you. And unlike humans, dogs don’t have sweat glands all over their body, just on the pads of their paws.

10-Dogs have their own ‘fingerprint’: A dog’s paw print may look pretty generic but their nose print is actually as unique as a human fingerprint. Their combination of ridges and creases is so distinct it can actually be used to identify them.

11-Dogs dream just like you: This won’t come as a huge surprise to anyone who has watched their own dog twitching or whimpering in their sleep. Dogs have the same brain wave patterns while they are asleep as humans, so they dream just like we do.

12-Dogs can fall in love: They don't call it puppy love for nothing. The concept that dogs can fall in love was suggested by anthropologist Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Social Lives of Dogs, who believed two dogs named Sundog and Bean were agonized star-crossed lovers kept apart because neither of their owners wanted to give them up.

13-Dogs suffer from jealousy and are just as likely to turn into a green eyed monster as humans, according to scientists in California.

14-Anything smelly your dog rolls in only smells gross to you—to them it’s DIVINE.

15-Dogs have wet noses because it helps to absorb scent chemicals.

16-If you leave your dog a piece of clothing that smells like you, the scent will comfort them and it can help curb their separation anxiety.

17-When dogs poop, they prefer to do it in alignment with the Earth’s magnetic field.

18-If a guy has a dog with him, he’s three times more likely to get a girl’s phone number.

19-Dogs’ sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than humans’.

20-Labradors are the most popular breed in the United States.

21-When your dog spins in a circle before settling down to snuggle, it’s because he’s making himself at home! This is a nesting trait carried down from wolves.

22-Newfoundlands are excellent swimmers because they have webbed feet.

23-Dogs have at least 18 muscles in each ear!

24-The USA is the country with the highest pet dog population, at around 75 million.

25-Dogs see a lot better than humans do at night. And they can hear about 4 times the distance of a human.

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