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Dogs only sweat from the bottoms of their feet, so the only way they can cool down is by panting
Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of which they make with their ears
Dogs have about 10 vocal sounds
Dogs do not have an appendix
There are more than 350 different breeds of dog worldwide
Dalmatians are born spotless! At first they're pure white and then their spots develop as they age
Contrary to popular belief, dogs aren’t color blind - they can see shades of blue, yellow, green and grey. The colour red registers on a greyscale in a dog’s vision.
Most domestic dogs are capable of reaching speeds of up to nineteen miles per hour when running at full speed
Using their swivelling ears like radar dishes, experiments have shown that dogs can locate the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second
The dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans around 10,000 years ago
Cats do not have sweat glands
A cat can jump as much as seven times it's height
Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw
Cats have over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs only have 10
A pack of kittens is called a kindle, while a pack of adult cats is called a clowder
An adult cat can run about 12 miles per hour, and can sprint at nearly thirty miles per hour
A cat's tongue is scratchy because it's lined with papillae - tiny elevated backwards hooks that help to hold it's prey in place
The nose pad of each cat has ridges which form a unique pattern - a bit like our fingerprints
Cats' bodies are extremely flexible - the cat skeleton contains more than 230 bones (a human has about 206), and the pelvis and shoulders loosely attach to the spine. This adds to their flexibility and allows them to fit through very small spaces
Cats have better memories than dogs. Tests conducted by the University of Michigan concluded that while a dog's memory lasts no more than 5 minutes, a cat's memory can last as long as 16 hours - exceeding that even of monkeys and orangutans