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Dog vs Human Anatomy Facts
The human-dog relationship amounts to a very long lasting symbiosis. Dogs acted as human's alarm
systems, trackers, and hunting aides, children's guardians and playmates. Humans provided dogs with
food and security. The relationship was stable over
100,000 years or so, and intensified into mutual
domestication. But have you ever wondered
what anatomical differences there are between
us and our dogs?
Dogs have about 1700 taste buds clustered around
the tip pf the canine tongue. The taste buds allow
dogs to detect sweet, bitter, sour and
The average human has about 10,000 taste
buds; however, they're not all on the tongue.
Some are under the tongue; some are on the
inside of the cheeks; some are on the roof of
the mouth. Some can even be found on the
lips; these are especially sensitive to salt.
Did you know that dogs have
sweat glands only on their
pads and nose?
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According to several
behavioral measures, Coren
says dog's mental abilities
are close to a human child
age 2 - 2.5 yrs
Dogs are red/green color
blind, estimated 6 times less
effective than human eyesight.
A dog has around 320 bones in its
body depending on the tail/
dew claw), while humans
have a total of
The fastest domesticated dog reaches an
average speed of 45 miles per hour.
The fastest speed of a human
running was set by
Maurice Greene, who
achieved a sprint
speed of 26.7 mph.
(23 pairs) (39 pairs)
On dogs, raw food takes 4-6
hours to digest, while dry
food takes 10-12 hours
Humans take 1-2 hours to
digest food in stomach.
Dogs have a digest tract
length of 20 to 80cm, and a
strong stomach acid
Humans have a digestive
tract length of around
150cm (ph 1.5 - 3.5).
Did you know that most dogs have a total visual field of 250 degrees?
Humans have a total visual field of only 180 degrees.
Large dogs breeds have 60-100
BPM, while small breeds have
Humans have approximately
The average lifespan for a standard sized breed is of 12-13 years.
The worldwide human average lifespan is of 67.2 years.
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Number of sleep hours
On average, canine pregnancy lasts
63 days, but can vary from 58
to 68 days.
Human pregnancy lasts
cca 266 days.
"Humans domesticated dogs,
and dogs domesticated humans."
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