I just received a preview of one of National Geographic Channel’s great new programs called In The Womb: Dogs which will premiere tomorrow (January 4th, 2009) on the NatGeo channel at 8pm ET/PT.
Have you ever wondered what puppies look like in the womb? Or what differences there are between breeds or even a Wolf. If so, you have to check out In The Womb: Dogs a great new program premiering tomorrow on NatGeo. In The Womb: Dogs chronicles the embryonic journey of wolves and three different dog breeds – The giant Mastiff, the agile medium sized Golden Retriever, and the smallest of dog breed the Chihuahua.
Here’s a little preview of In The Womb: Dogs
If you can’t see the video check out this link: In The Womb: Dogs
In The Womb: Dogs
There’s a ton of great information packed into this 1 hour program. A few things I found interesting:
- One point that I thought was very interesting was the fact that if a wolf or dog is stressed during pregnancy then they can reabsorb fetuses into the uterine wall. This can be seen in both wolves and dogs and is a survival technique during times of scarcity in the wild. I had recently heard about this from a friend who’s dog is currently pregnant. This phenomenon will only occur up to day 35.
- Only the alpha female in a pack of wolves becomes pregnant. The other females have false pregnancies allowing the other females to nurse the young if something were to happen to the alpha female.
- Both dogs and wolves see everything in a bluish yellow shade. I always thought it was black and white.
- Floppy ears in dogs is a sign of submission humans have bred into dogs, but erect ears still remains in certain breeds of dog.
- Wolves have larger brains then dogs – Wolves need larger brains for coordinated pack hunting.
These are only a few facts from this great program. If you have a chance tune in to the National Geographic tomorrow at 8pm and check out In The Womb: Dogs.
Did you see In The Womb: Dogs? What did you think?