Scientists came together in a unique study that observed exactly 1,893 dogs pooping among 37 different breeds of dog, and found that dogs have “magnetoreception”. Apparently while they are calm, they poop facing north or south. Quite a few other mammals do this too.

Dogs defecate in accordance with earth’s magnetic field, research finds

For years, scientists have known that several species spontaneously align their bodies with the earth’s magnetic field when engaging in certain behaviours.

Now, a team of 12 scientists from universities in Germany and the Czech Republic have come together in a unique study that observed 37 breeds of dog over a two-year period.

Exactly 1,893 defecations and 5,582 urinations later, the team reach one incredible finding: “dogs preferred to excrete with the body being aligned along the north–south axis”.

Before you grab your schnauzer and a clipboard, here’s how the scientists work it out.

Method

In open fields, away from manmade structures and off the leash, the alignment of dogs’ spines was recorded using a hand-held compa… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

5 thoughts on “Scientists came together in a unique study that observed exactly 1,893 dogs pooping among 37 different breeds of dog, and found that dogs have “magnetoreception”. Apparently while they are calm, they poop facing north or south. Quite a few other mammals do this too.”

  1. OldMuley

    When I’m at home, I poop facing North 100% of the time.

  2. Annieone23

    Famously this is why dogs won’t poop at the North or South Pole, they just spin around and whine until you take them at least 100 yards away!

  3. fizzyfuzzy

    I just saw a dog poop facing west. Perhaps he was not truly calm, he had just finished barking at me, and I was to the east of it.

  4. 5319767819

    I heard about that long ago. Later I heard that this is just BS/Urban Legend. Then later I heard that this is indeed true. No I have no idea if I should believe that or not.

  5. AllISaidWasJehovah

    Imagine if this had been known about before the invention of the compass.

    Just think of the applications!

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