Growing up, I learned many “old wives” tales about dogs. My neighbors told them, my friends told them, and my parents told them. Now that I’m older, I have found that some are just not true.
Here are a few examples:
1. Mutts Make the Best Dogs
Yes, it is true that pure breeds may have certain genetic illnesses, but if you get your dog from a reputable breeder, these risks can be lowered considerably. A good breeder minimizes in-breeding and houses their pregnant dogs in a clean, safe environment.
Pregnant dogs and puppies receive all the medical care needed to ensure health and happiness. Is there benefit? When choosing a breed, you can choose one that is better with children, easy to housebreak, great in hot weather, whatever your particular needs are. With a mutt you do not know what traits and behavior characteristics are in their line.
2. Dogs See in Black and White
It is widely believed by regular people that dogs see in black and white. Nope. While dogs do not see in as wide of a color spread as humans do, they do see colors. Dogs see muted yellows, greens, browns, but brighter blues.
3. 7 Dog Years = 1 Human Year
This is another popular myth. While for some dogs this may be true, for some it isn’t even close. Your fur baby’s life span depends on several things like nutrition, breed, and size. Large dogs do not live as long as smaller dogs. Some breeds have an average life span of only 10 years, while some breeds have an average life span of 20 years.
4. A Dog’s Mouth is Cleaner than a Human’s Mouth
I always had my doubts, but I had been told that a dog’s mouth was not as germy as a human mouth. This is because they have an acidic saliva that kills germs, and that is how they can drink out of the toilet, ditch, or wherever else and not get sick.
Actually, humans have the more acidic mouth, and germs have evolved to live in them. Dogs, like humans, have bad breath and tooth decay and gum disease. They also get sick from germs that enter through their mouth. So the next time your furry friend starts licking your babies face, you might want to stop him.
5. Dogs Are Carnivores
“If a dog is eating grass, it is because he is sick.” “The best thing to feed your dog is steak.” “Wild dogs only eat meat.” I have heard these reasons and more to point to why dogs are carnivores, but no amount of reasons will make it true.
Like humans, dogs are omnivores. They need meat and plants to get the nutrition they need. A well balanced meal makes for the healthiest dog. So why does your dog eat grass? He may be craving more plants in his diet.
6. Dogs Won’t Be Happy with Apartment Life
I remember hearing this when I moved out of my parents’ house and wanted to take my Rottweiler with me. I lost the argument, but some dogs actually can be happy in an apartment, even if they lived with a big yard before.
Many breeds are very adaptive and they can get used to life almost anywhere. Some breeds are actually very lazy and wouldn’t enjoy a big yard if they had one. If you live in an apartment or small house, you do not have to be without a furry family member.
7. Dogs Don’t Fall in Love
Over the years I’ve heard many people, dog owners and non owners alike, say that dogs do not love the same way we do. We now understand that they do love like humans do. They release the same love hormone called oxytocin that we do.
The Bottom Line:
With dog ownership, sometimes it isn’t the best to get advice from those “older and wiser than thou.” The best course of action is to do some thorough research online and find reputable sources for your fact-checking needs. With new science and technology, we are finding that old advice might not be true.
My name is Samantha Randall, and I’m a professional writer and animal lover based in Bradford, ME. I’m an Editor-in-Chief at Top Dog Tips, a quickly growing website focused on all things dog. I have three of my own dogs, a boxer named Chloe, a chocolate Labrador named Saddie and a Beagle mix named Molly.
Me and my girls love spending time in the beautiful Maine outdoors hiking, swimming and exploring. My main goal is to always keep them healthy and happy. With this goal in mind, I do the most extensive research for my articles and share all that with all of you as well, hoping that if it’s useful to me, then it would also be helpful to you.
As a child, I was raised with dogs and now carry on the tradition of raising my own family with pets as well. Along with my two pooches, my family also has three cats and two rabbits. I’ve been a professional writer for nearly 10 years and have spent the last five years writing almost exclusively about dogs.