The Saluki  is the earliest known dog that was domesticated in Egypt around 12,000 years ago. You would think that being our best friends for so long, we would know a little more about them over than what they like to eat!

Black Tongues

The blue or black on a dog’s tongue are areas which contain extra pigment, just like a freckle or a birthmark. The Chow is not the only breed with a blue-black tongue, the Chinese Shar-Pei shares this trait as well. Some have tongues that are entirely black with little to no pink and some have varying degrees of spots and patches.

Nose Prints

A dog’s nose print is unique and no two nose prints are the same.  Dogs have their own individual lines on their noses, which form patterns, just like fingerprints.

Some places in the United States have already adopted dog nose printing as a common way of identifying lost dogs and the Canadian Kennel Club has been accepting dog nose prints as proof of identity since 1938, however, in New Zealand, under the dog control act all dogs over three years must be registered with the local council and must be microchipped.

Taste VS Smell

Dogs have around 1,700 tastebuds on their tongues (we have 9,000) they still can be fussy eaters as they use their 200 million scent receptors in their noses (we have 5 million) to sniff out what sort of food they like.

Most Common Names

The most popular name for a dog is Max. Followed closely by Molly, Sam, Zach and Maggie.

Smart Dogs

According to researcher Stanley Coren, the smartest, best-trained breeds are comparable to a 2-year-old child in their ability to understand human speech.  The smartest breeds, like poodles, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers and Dobermans can understand up to 250 words, while the average dog can process 150. While the older breeds like Hound Dogs, Bulldogs and Beagles were bred for their ability to hunt and sniff (brawn over brain) and are thought not to be as smart.

It’s in the paws

A Dog’s main way of cooling down is by panting, but they also have sweat glands in their pores. Some pet owners might notice the faint scent of corn chips or popcorn lingering around their dog. This is called “frito feet,” and it happens when sweat and bacteria builds up in the paws.

Too Much Nitrogen

Several lampposts in Croatia actually collapsed from the high levels of nitrogen from dogs pee which corroded the metals. Dog urine can also burn your grass, leaving yellow patches behind. There are several products on the market that purify the water and minimise the nitrogen. Speak to your local Jim’s Dog Wash Franchisee who can assist you with a solutions