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Do Dog Whiskers Grow Back?

Dogs have 2 knees on their hind legs and 2 elbows on their forelegs. A dog’s knee is also called a stifle joint and it is usually the largest joint in a dog’s body. Because it plays multiple functions that allow dogs a range of complex motions, as well as bearing force throughout the process, […]

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Do Dogs Have an Appendix?

Anatomically, dogs do not have an appendix. A human appendix is a 4-inch tube located at the lower right of the abdomen. It has long been believed to be a vestigial organ but recent studies indicate that it plays a role in the endocrine system for fetuses and young adults and the immune system for […]

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Do Dogs Blink?

Dogs blink to clean their eyes. Not only does blinking remove surface debris such as irritants and dried tears, but it also moistens and nourishes the eyes. Blinking can also result from an external stimulus such as flashes of light or strong wind. Beyond physiological responses, blinking is an indicator of some canine behavior. When dogs […]

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Do All Dogs Have Webbed Feet?

Although to a differing extent, all dogs do have webbed feet. A feature of any dog’s paw is the connecting membrane between their toes. This webbing help dogs swim better and be more sure-footed in tricky terrains. Webbed feet are a common feature of animals such as aquatic birds including ducks and geese. However, all […]

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Do Dogs Have Clean Mouths?

Dogs’ mouths are clean enough that you could let them lick you. As a show of affection, dogs sometimes lick you to share comfort and to relieve stress. However, some dog owners might be worried about diseases that such contact might transfer such as rabies, pasteurella, salmonella, novovirus, and others. But this worry is mostly […]

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Do Bernese Mountain Dogs Shed?

All dogs shed, some more than others. They may not have reached the top ten dog breeds that shed the most but because Bernese mountain dogs have a think and long double coat coupled with their large size, expect that they could shed excessively. Although they are relatively easy to train, this breed is very […]

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How Big Is A Dogs Brain?

A dog’s brain is around 1/125 its body mass. Brain size is usually measured in proportion with the specimen’s body mass as variations within species have marked differences in size and sometimes even structure. In comparison, the human brain is 1/40 of its mass, cats have a 1/100 ratio, and elephants have 1/560. This ratio […]

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Do Male Dogs Have Nipples?

Male dogs do have nipples, typically about 8 to 10 depending on whether they are a small or large breed. They are found in a dog’s torso starting from the chest down to the abdomen near the groin area and have corresponding names based on their position. If a dog has 10 nipples, for example, […]

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