When a dog comes to our home it is very common for relatives, friends and acquaintances to try help us and advise us on how your care is, how to teach them tricks or how we should feed them, among others. However, you have to be cautious and attentive because there are many false myths that have become very famous and spread as truth through word of mouth.
During the month of August, the Royal Canine Society of Spain (RSCE) has been debunking some of the most popular through his Twitter account, which every good owner should know to give their four-legged friends the best possible life.
1. There are ‘potentially dangerous’ breeds
“Under the definition of ‘potentially dangerous breeds’ the strongest dogs with more character are included, defense races. Really, we cannot speak of a breed that is ‘potentially dangerous’, but of a ‘potentially dangerous owner'”, they affirm from Twitter.
This premise is based on the fact that dogs behave as their owners teach them, so, if the person who educates him teaches him to attack or to be aggressive, the dog will be. “Although there are races more predisposed to certain attitudes, due to their origins, they do not develop them if they are not instilled in them,” they say.
The definition of ‘potentially dangerous breeds’ includes the strongest dogs with the most character, the defense breeds. Really, we cannot speak of a breed that is ‘potentially dangerous’, but of a ‘potentially dangerous owner’. pic.twitter.com/BhzsSBvkQh
— Royal Canine Society of Spain (@CaninaReal) August 1, 2022
2. Purebred dogs have worse health than mongrels
Another widespread myth is “the one that states that purebred dogs, that is, those with pedigrees, have poorer health than those who have parents of different races (mestizo).”
However, the fact that two races mix is not related to the strength or endurance of the race itself. “Veterinarians say it’s not true, nor is it proven”, they affirm from the RSCE. Of course, what there may be are specific breeds more likely to have a worse state of health and ‘milleche’ dogs (not mestizos of pure breeds), very vigorous. Let’s not confuse a cross of french bulldog with beagle that a mestizo of generations.
Another widespread belief is that purebred dogs, those with pedigrees, have worse health than those with parents of different breeds, that is, mestizos. pic.twitter.com/E6K8tYrRoi
— Royal Canine Society of Spain (@CaninaReal) August 3, 2022
3. One year for a dog is equal to seven years for a human
This is one of the most popular beliefs about dogs. “It has always been said that one year of a dog is equivalent to seven years in the life of a person. Thus, the cases of dogs that live up to 16 years, for example, I would guess they reach an age of 112“, they explain from the official Twitter of the RSCE.
“It is something totally false. There is no evidence that this is so, since dogs have a different life cycle than humans and that reference should not be taken”, they deny.
This is perhaps the ‘myth of myths’ about dogs. It has always been said that one year of a dog is equivalent to 7 years in the life of a person. Thus, the cases of dogs that live up to 16 years, for example, would mean that they reach an age of 112 years. pic.twitter.com/NaDpjEaAqJ
— Royal Canine Society of Spain (@CaninaReal) August 8, 2022
4. Dogs like bones.
How many times have we seen a dog with a bone in its mouth in movies and TV series? That dogs whistle about their bones is one of the great myths that have traveled around the world.
“The veterinarians sign that it is not even good for them to feed in this way,” they say from the RSCE. “Nevertheless, when they have nothing else to eat, their teeth allow them to break you and eat the marrow, but they shouldn’t eat it normally.
How many times have we seen a staged or drawn dog with a bone in its mouth? Countless. Another of the great myths about them is that they like bones, something that is not true. pic.twitter.com/X4pSsxPLBj
— Royal Canine Society of Spain (@CaninaReal) August 10, 2022
5. Come in black and white
Another of the most widespread beliefs about dogs is that they do not see colors, but they see black and white. “This axiom is not true either,” they deny from the Royal Canine Society of Spain. “Dogs see in color, although this is different from what humans see“.
“Besides, they are able to see in the dark and we are not, because have a layer of cells in the retina that facilitates night vision“, they add in the tweet.
This axiom is also not true. Dogs see in color, although this is different from what humans see. Similarly, they can see in the dark and we cannot, because they have a layer of cells in the retina that facilitates night vision. pic.twitter.com/zoErzf52jg
— Royal Canine Society of Spain (@CaninaReal) August 15, 2022
6. Females must be mothers to be healthy
It has always been said that female dogs must be mothers at least once to maintain their health, however, it is not true that they have to go through a pregnancy to avoid falling ill since “the fact of giving birth does not immunize them”.
“Also, It is not recommended that you have puppies if you do not want them, hence many of them are sterilized”, they explain from the RSCE. “Having offspring is not going to improve their health”.
It is not true that females have to be mothers at least once in their lives to avoid falling ill, the fact of giving birth does not immunize them. pic.twitter.com/zymdcmJ7co
— Royal Canine Society of Spain (@CaninaReal) August 17, 2022
7. It is not necessary to implant the chip when they are puppies
This is a widespread myth and a common beginner mistakesince many people with dogs wait until their furry ones are older to implant the identification chip.
“This is something very serious because, once they start to go out into the street, they are likely to get lost or even escape, so without a chip, it will be much more difficult to find them,” they detail from the RSCE. “The chip must be placed at the same time as the first cycle of vaccines“.
This is a myth and a very common mistake, as many people with dogs wait until they are older to put the identification chip on them. pic.twitter.com/3xtCsIwz9J
— Royal Canine Society of Spain (@CaninaReal) August 22, 2022
8. Dogs can eat the same as humans
Although in recent years it has become fashionable to feed dogs other types of food beyond dry food, there are certain products that they should not eat. “Dog food cannot and should not be the same as ours, since their digestive system is different”, they defend in the official Twitter account.
“They they need a different amount of minerals and vitamins than people, so they can’t be fed our own food,” they add. “For starters, their intestines are shorter, so they can’t properly digest many of the foods and ingredients that we eat. Therefore, they must have their special diet, normally adapted to their weight and characteristics.”
Dog food cannot and should not be the same as ours, since their digestive system is different. In addition, they need a different amount of minerals and vitamins than people, so they cannot be fed with our own food. pic.twitter.com/TezeWUQaQZ
— Royal Canine Society of Spain (@CaninaReal) August 24, 2022
9. If the nose and mouth are dry, you have a fever
It is also a false myth that when our dog has a dry snout and nose, it means he has a fever. “It doesn’t mean I’m sick” they assure from the RSCE.
The only way we have to know if our dog has a fever is “measuring his temperature with a thermometer rectally”they add.
That our dog has a dry nose does not mean that he has a fever or that he is sick. To know if you have a fever, we must measure the temperature of the dogs by putting a thermometer rectally. pic.twitter.com/PPw0QyQYYr
— Royal Canine Society of Spain (@CaninaReal) August 29, 2022
10. Dogs’ mouths are cleaner than ours.
Another widespread myth is the one that states “that the mouth of these animals is cleaner and it has less bacteria than ours”, something that is totally false.
“As veterinarians say, there is no scientific evidence of this, so when our dog licks us in the face we should not think that nothing is happening“, they conclude from the RSCE.
Last myth also very widespread socially. It is believed that the mouth of these animals is cleaner and has fewer bacteria than ours, something that is completely false. pic.twitter.com/Jw6XeL30Et
— Royal Canine Society of Spain (@CaninaReal) August 31, 2022