Do Dogs Have Personalities and Feelings the Way Humans Do?
Can you tell if your dog is in a mood or not? I bet you can tell easily by the way your dog walks, smiles at you, and greets you when you come inside. You can probably tell exactly how your dog is feeling.
Many dog owners believe that their dogs can display the same feelings that humans do. Some dogs or certain breeds might display slightly different personalities and their age, training, and relationship with their owners might affect their personalities as well, but dogs do in fact have the same emotions that humans do.
Dogs Have a Colored Tissue Layer in Their Eyes
Have you ever taken a picture of a dog and looked at the color of his eyes in the photo? Chances are, he probably has either red eyes or green eyes and that these colors in the photos don’t match your dog’s real eye color. For example, a dog with blue eyes might have red eyes in a photo you take of him. Why would that be?
Dogs have an iridescent tissue layer called the tapetum lucidium in their eyes. This layer reflects light, allowing dogs to have shiny eyes during night time and in the darkness. Does this have a practical purpose besides making their eyes shine? Yes it does! Dogs can see better when it’s dark out due to this tissue layer that they have in the back of their eyes.
This color effect is more pronounced in some breeds of dogs. Some dogs have a brighter glow in their eyes than other dogs do. Dogs with blue eyes typically look like red eyes in pictures. Dogs with brown eyes typically look like green eyes in pictures, especially if you’re using the flash on your camera.
If you don’t like the color of their eyes, you can try modifying the settings on your camera or using an app to edit your photos of your dog.
One Dog Year Is Not the Same as Seven Human Years
You might have heard that you can convert your dog’s age into human years by multiplying its your dog’s age by 7. This is because dogs typically have a lifespan of 10 or 11 years and humans have an average lifespan of 79 years. This is a simple math rule to follow, but it turns out that 1 dog year = 7 human years is far from the truth.
Many dogs become fully sexually mature even after living for only one year and dogs age much faster during the first two years of their lives than humans do. A lot of dogs reach “puberty” after one year, but many humans certainly don’t reach “puberty” after living for one year or seven years!