Quite often the beliefs and myths that are held about our best friends are established and become popular belief or social imaginary. Below, we detail some of the most common true and false statements:
DOGS HAVE GOOD NIGHT VISION: TRUE
This is because they have a large capacity for pupil dilation, which makes it possible for any type of lighting, even dimmer light, to stimulate the retina. The retina has the “tapetum lucidum“, which is a layer of reflective cells that allow the canine to develop amazing night vision.
HIS MOUTH IS CLEANER THAN OURS: FALSE
The bacteria that live in a dog’s mouth have nothing to do with the bacteria that humans have in their mouth, each animal species has its own bacterial flora, different from other living beings.
The answer is a clear and resounding no, the mouth of a dog is not cleaner than that of a human, not even close. In addition, the bacteria that dogs have in their mouth are harmful to humans, and can cause infections.
IF A DOG WAGS ITS TAIL IT IS HAPPY: FALSE
Wagging their tail is often a sign of happiness, but it can also be nervousness, stress or fear. The rhythm of the movement or how high it is providing more information.
A DOG YEAR IS NOT NECESSARILY EQUAL TO 7 HUMAN YEARS: TRUE
The age of dogs is sometimes determined by size (small dogs live longer than large ones) and by other characteristics. But the really important thing is that you take care of them and that they enjoy good health!
IF THEY HAVE A DRY NOSE THIS MEANS THAT THEY ARE SICK: FALSE.
The normal thing is that their nose is a little damp, but sometimes due to wind, cold or dryness in the environment they can dry out a little.
ALL DOGS MUST HAVE A LITTER IN THEIR LIFE: FALSE.
It is a false belief, in fact, dog sterilization reduces the chances of having hormonal diseases and reduces the abandonment rate which is a serious problem.
DOGS SEE IN BLACK AND WHITE: FALSE.
There are some colors that they do not distinguish well such as red or orange, but they distinguish green, blue or yellow perfectly.
DOGS LOVE HUGS: FALSE.
When faced with threats or stress, their best ability is to flee and with the hug we are restraining them. They look away, ears back, arcus senilis-like crescent in the eyes.
SHEPHERD DOG BREEDS EXERCISE THEIR SHEPHERDING WORK DUE TO THE HUNTING INSTINCTS THAT THEY STILL PARTLY RETAIN: TRUE.
The shepherding instinct derives from their wolf or hunter ancestry which partly remains with them, albeit, attenuated, therefore, they do not hunt the prey, they just chase and herd it.
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