Dog Facts

  • More dogs are called Max, Jake, Maggie or Molly than any other pet names.
  • Academics have theorized that Toto from The Wizard of Oz may have been an allegory for Anubis, the Egyptian god of the afterlife.
  • Puppies are born without teeth and eyesight. They're also born deaf.
  • Dogs' sense of hearing can reach four times the distance of humans.
  • More dogs live in the United States than in any other single country. France comes next.
  • Some dogs can identify the smell of lung cancer from sniffing a person's breath.
  • Beagles and Collies create the most racket than any other dog; the Akbash and Basenji dogs are the most silent.
  • Dalmatians are often deaf doggies. Thirty percent of them cannot hear in either one or two ears.
  • Greyhounds can run as fast as 45 mph and are the fastest canines on the planet.
  • Spiked dog collars were used in ancient Greece to protect dogs' throats from wolf attacks.
  • When drinking water, dogs cup the back of their tongues to transfer water from the bowl into their mouths.
  • Dog body odor is often called "Frito Feet," referring to bacteria collected on dogs' paws that often smell like the popular salty snack.
  • At the end of the song "A Day in the Life," Paul McCartney recorded a high-pitched whistle that only dogs can hear! This was done specially for his pup, Martha.
  • In Moscow, some stray dogs learned to use the underground transit system to navigate throughout the city in search of food.
  • A typical dog has the same brain aptitude level as a toddler. Dogs can comprehend about 250 words and count up to 5.
  • Out of the 12 that were on board, three dogs survived the Titanic: two small Pomeranians and a Pekinese.
  • Dogs have feelings, too! Canines show agitated behavior when they see other dogs getting treats while they are left in the dust.
  • Studies have shown that obedient dogs live longer lives than pugnacious pugs.
  • In ancient China, people used to keep warm by putting dogs up their sleeves.
  • Dogs have two times the amount of muscles in their ears than humans.
  • Man's best friend, indeed! The classic dog name, Fido, means "fidelity" in Latin.
  • Dogs are not colorblind. They are able to detect color in their vision, just not as vividly as humans.
  • It's no coincidence that an Affenpinscher looks monkey-like; its name means "monkey terrier" in German. More: http://ow.ly/muBLR
  • According to legend, the dog rescued on Noah's Ark was the Afghan Hound. More: http://ow.ly/muBML
  • In 1937, America's first Akita came over from Japan. Its travel companion was Helen Keller. More: http://ow.ly/muBNH
  • The Alaskan Malamute can withstand temperatures as low as 70 degrees below zero. More: http://ow.ly/muBOi
  • The American Eskimo breed has been trained to walk across a tightrope in circuses throughout the early 20th century. More: http://ow.ly/muBP6
  • The Australian Shepherd isn't even from Australia. Its origins are tied to the Basque region of Europe. More: http://ow.ly/muBPX
  • Basset Hounds have the longest ears out of any other dog breed. Many measure between 7 and 10 inches long. More: http://ow.ly/muBQv
  • In French, Bichon Frise means "small, curly-haired dog." More: http://ow.ly/muBR6
  • The phrase "It's Raining Cats and Dogs" was born in Germany in the 17th century. When storms flooded the streets, dogs and cats were often pulled into the currents.
  • The expression "The Dog Days of Summer" goes back to ancient Roman times, where people thought Sirius, the Dog Star, created oppressive heat on Earth.
  • In 1969, Lassie the famous Collie dog was the very first animal inducted into the Animal Hall of Fame.
  • Dogs who live in cities tend to live, on average, 3 years longer than dogs from the country.
  • Ever heard of the Cesky Terrier? Probably not. Only 350 of them exist, making them what may be the world's rarest dog breed.
  • At age one, dogs have the same level of physical development that humans have at age 15.
  • 33 percent of dog owners admit to talking to their dog over the telephone, often leaving them messages on the answering machine.
  • Each foot on a Lundehund has six toes!
  • “Him” and “Her” were the names of President Lyndon Johnson's two beagles.
  • A typical dog has a mouthful of 42 permanent teeth, while the average human has 32.
  • Call them the biters! Female dogs bite double the amount of males.
  • The Prairie Dog is actually part of the squirrel family. Early settlers named them after canines because their calls sounded like barking dogs.
  • A poodle's coat was originally shaved to increase swimming skills.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Poodles are not French by origin. They're German dogs, but French nobility quickly became fascinated by these pooches.
  • It is illegal to keep a dog as a pet in Iceland.
  • A dog's third eyelid (yes, it has THREE) is a protective lid called a "haw" which keeps moisture in its eyes.
  • For the first 10 days of their lives, Dalmatians' spots are only visible on their skin under the fur. Then the spots emerge.
  • To differentiate between their different types of food, dogs depend more on their sense of smell than their sense of taste. Humans have five times the amount of taste buds than dogs.
  • Kublai Khan, who established the Yuan Dynasty of ancient China, had the possession of 5,000 Mastiffs ̶ the most dogs ever owned by a single person.
  • Dogs can be beneficial additions to the lives of children with Autism. Trained dogs can lessen the child's tendency of aggressiveness and give them a sense of independence.
  • Walt Disney's family dog was a Poodle named Lady.
  • Dogs could participate in doggie blood drives: dogs are able to donate blood to fellow pooches.
  • Legacy pets: In the United States, about 1 million dog owners have named their pets the primary beneficiary in their wills.
  • Eighty percent of dog owners shower their pets with gifts on special occasions like birthdays and holidays. On holidays, over half of these pets are included in the signature of family cards.
  • Fifty-eight percent of dog owners include their dogs in their annual holiday photos.
  • As per the Guinness Book of World Records, the world's smallest dog, a Yorkshire Terrier from Great Britian, weighed a teeny-tiny 4 ounces at age two.
  • Most dogs have pink tongues, a sign of good health for its supply of blood vessels, nerves and tastebuds. The Chow Chow and the Shar Pei inherently have black tongues, but this has nothing to do with poor health.
  • Which came first: the state or the dog? The Chihuahua was named after the spot in northern Mexico where it was discovered in 1850.
  • The oldest in-tact fossilized remains of a pet canine dates back 33,000 years. It was discovered in Siberia in the 1970s.
  • The seeds of apples and pears should be kept away from dogs. Their composition includes arsenic, which could kill your dog.
  • In Palding, Ohio, it is legal for a police officer to bite a barking dog to keep it quiet.
  • "A dog has the soul of a philosopher." – Plato
  • Feeling a big anxious? Studies indicate that petting your dog can lower your blood pressure.
  • Smiling at your dog may make him feisty: dogs see your smile not as friendly body language, but detect your "bearing teeth" as a sign of aggression.
  • A dogs' first sense to develop is touch.
  • Bingo is the name of the dog on the box of Cracker Jacks.
  • For running purposes, the shoulder blades on dogs are not attached to the rest of the skeleton.
  • Grapes and raisins even in small amounts can cause kidney failure in dogs.
  • After the scandal, one of Michael Vick's fighting dogs ended up being a therapy dog and brought joy to dying children.
  • In the Harry Potter series, Hagrid's dog, Fang, was a Neapolitan Mastiff- a breed that almost became extinct after WWII.
  • The priciest dog in the world, a Tibetan Mastiff, was recently bought in China for $1.5 million.
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