Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds

Photo courtesy: Pritam B. Debnath

Dogs are very food-orientated animals, and they certainly seem to think with their stomachs and prioritise being fed above most other things! This naturally leads people to believe that dogs have very acute taste buds, more so than people, and that like their sense of smell, the dog’s sense of taste is very pronounced.

Humans have around 9,000 taste buds in their mouths, while dogs have just 1,700, and the taste buds of the dog work rather differently to those of people too. This is partly due to the ways in which the domestic dog has evolved alongside of people, as well as their wild ancestry.


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