Throughout time dogs have been known to be loyal companions to their human handlers. Dogs are loyal, loving, and caring animals who want their family to be happy and safe. They have been so adored by mankind that the term “man’s best friend” was coined. Although that term is very true, here are a few very common misconceptions about dogs.
Puppies only eat grass when they are ill. Although some dogs will snack on grass when their stomachs are bothering them, most eat grass because they are dogs and dogs like to eat grass! Some experts believe this may be done out of boredom, but the mere fact that your puppy is munching on your lawn does not necessarily mean he isn’t feeling well.
Dogs are colorblind. The origins of this myth are unknown; however, the canine retina is similar to the human retina. A dog’s eye contains two of three photoreceptors that are used to see and recognize color. With two of these three receptors, their color spectrum may be less than what we see, but they none the less can see color.
Larger dogs are braver and more aggressive than smaller dog breeds. Although larger dogs may have more of a physical dominance, some of the smaller dog breeds such as the Yorkshire Terrier, Pomeranian, and Maltipoo think they’re indestructible! These cute pups make great family pets who are ready for any challenge!
A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human mouth. The average human takes the time to brush, floss, and clean their mouth twice a day and visits the dentist twice a year. How many dogs that you know keep up this routine? This myth originated hundreds of years ago when wild dogs would lick their wounds as a part of the healing process. This would help to remove foreign body debris from their wounds, which in return allowed the wound to heal in a timely fashion.
Every dog year is equal to seven human years. False! In fact, the first year in a puppy’s life would be closer to thirteen years of a human’s life. Many factors decide a dog’s lifespan, with the most common being his diet, exercise routine, and bloodline. Knowing where your puppy came from is also very important as the pet adoption store where you got him from should have official documented records and only use reputable and ethical breeders. The adoption store should also have trained and experienced team members to help answer any questions you have about your puppy.