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Myth or Fact: Which ones are true or false about dog?

Are these stories you hear about dogs “all bark and no bite?” Well today, we are going to take a look into some of these accusations and find out which ones are myths and which are true.


Pit Bulls have lockjaw:

This one falls under the big MYTH category. There are no dog breeds that have such jaw locking capability. From an article in NatGeo, Rebecca O’Connor  writes to clear up the stereotypes about this jaw locking super power people believe Pit Bulls acquire. The previous belief that jaw locking Pit Bulls exert 1600 pounds per square inch of force with their bite cannot be more of a myth. They exert 235 pounds per square inch which is less than the average dog’s bite force of 320 pounds per square inch. During temperament testing, an astonishing 86.8% of Pit Bulls have passed. Pit Bulls ranked fourth in line of the 122 breeds that were tested. They even scored higher than Collies, Golden Retrievers, and Beagles.

Dog’s mouth versus a human’s mouth:

Growing up, it was no secret that sharing ice cream or treats with friends was a huge NO! However, sharing with your furry friend was no big deal because we all know that a “dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s mouth.” However, this is a myth. A dog’s mouth carries just as many germs as a human’s mouth. Although dog’s teeth are not as prone to cavities as humans are, they still need proper cleaning. Deborah Lundin, from “The Daily Puppy,” writes that dog kisses can in fact get you sick and cause some dental disease so be sure to wash your hands after doggie kisses and try to resort to belly rubs and head rubs rather than kisses.

A wagging tail is a happy tail:

Check out this site above, and you will see that this is partly a myth and partly true! While a wagging tail can translate as a happy and excited dog, it can also relay other emotions such as anxiety, stress, and/or other not so happy feelings. Dogs actually use tail wagging as a way of communicating. Tail positioning and speed are signs to tell a dog’s feelings and there are studies shown that a dog with a tail wagging to the left can make another dog feel anxious and cause him to back down. Rightward wagging can communicate happiness and approachable to other dogs. Something pretty interesting about dogs and their tails are they were hysterically used for balancing and come in handy when dogs swim. Tail wagging is also an acquired skill dogs usually gain around a month to two months of age. They begin “tail talking” with mommy and siblings around this age.

Dog’s have dreams too:

This is true! Dogs do indeed dream and go through the same stages as humans do during sleep, but at a quicker speed. This is the twitching, growling, whining, and other signs you may see when your dog is asleep. According to an article by Arden Moore, from “VetStreet,” dogs can experience nightmares just as humans do. There is also some interesting findings that puppies and senior dogs tend to dream and move more in their sleep than an adult dog would. Arden Moore suggest comforting a dog after their nightmares just as you would a child after a nightmare.


(Photo taken by me, Ryan Ford)

Dogs only see in black and white:

According to the video, dogs do not see just in black and white. They are able to see in color and are five times as sensitive to light as humans are. Humans, excluding people who are color blind, can see up to 1,000,000 different shades of colors, which varies from dogs who can only see up to 10,000 different shades of colors. Dog’s eyes primarily pick up two shades of color which are blue and yellow. This is one of the main reasons why obstacle courses for dogs are done in these two colors. Surprisingly, dogs cannot perceive the color red! So stay away from all those red dog toys especially being blanketed by green grass which is another hard shade for dogs to detect! A dog’s field of vision is also much larger than humans and dog’s also have better night vision. They have something in their eyes called a Tapetum which reflects light back and forth. This the reason why dogs have shiny eyes in most photographs. Humans however see further than dogs.



Photo from Pexels



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