Fun facts about dogs

Want to know more fun facts about dogs ? Our dogs have always been our best friends, our loyal companions and most importantly, our family!

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. –Milan Kundera

Did you know that The Beatles song ‘A Day in the Life’ has a frequency only dogs can hear? In an interview in 2013, Paul McCartney said that he added a frequency only dogs can hear to the end of the Beatles song ‘A Day in the Life’. How’s that for an amazing dog fact? Let’s find out more!

Dogs & Humans

Fun facts about dogs:

#1 They can read our emotions—if we’re happy, sad or angry.  A recent study found that dogs’ emotional centers in the brain light up in response to happy barks or joyful laughs.

#2 A dog’s nose is like a human fingerprint. This means that we can use it to be able to identify them.

#3 Dogs avoid people who are mean to their people. Let’s give our dogs some more credit!

#4 Human blood pressure goes down when petting a dog. And so does the dog’s.

#5 Yawning is contagious! Even for dogs. Research shows that the sound of a human yawn can trigger one from your dog.

#6 Dogs prefer to earn their treats. Just like how we humans feel good after figuring out a complicated task, dogs, too, get excited when they have the opportunity to solve a challenging problem in exchange for a treat.

#7 Dogs are intelligent creatures! And they are interested in new things ( “neophilia”)—new smells, new tastes, new shapes, new textures and the like. That’s why they play with new toys and get bored of old ones.

#8 A person who hunts with a Beagle is known as a “Beagler.”

#9 Jealousy is a very humanlike emotion.

#10 Dogs know when people are lying. And, as a result, they stop listening to the person they deem untrustworthy.

#11 Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. Humans have approximately 9,000 and cats have around 473. Source: Psychology Today

#12 A large breed dog’s resting heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats between 100-140. Comparatively, a resting human heart beats 60-100 times per minute.
Sources: About.com and Mayo Clinic

Dog Breeds

Fun facts about dogs:

There are hundreds of official dog breeds in the world and even more mixes and mutts than we can count. Let’s find out more!

#1 The Chow Chow and the Shar-Pei are the only two dog breeds that have fully black tongues. Even more interesting, the cause of these black tongues is currently unknown.

#2 Newfoundland dogs are the ultimate doggy life-guards, because they have water resistant coats and webbed feet. They were originally bred as fisherman’s helpers and to rescue people from drowning. Some owners have even reported that their Newfoundland tries to “rescue” them when they’re swimming!

#3 The Labrador Retriever has been on the AKC’s top 10 most popular breeds list for 25 consecutive years—longer than any other breed.

#4 The Labrador Retriever is originally from Newfoundland.

#5 The name Collie means “black.” Collies once tended black-faced sheep.

#6 The Australian Shepherd is not actually from Australia. They are an American breed.

#7 Dalmatians are born completely white, and develop their spots as they get older.

#8 According to PBS, a Bloodhound’s sense of smell is so spot on that it can be admitted as evidence in a court of law. Bloodhounds can also follow tracks that are over 300 hours old and can stay on a trail for over 130 miles! 

#9 A Greyhound would actually beat a Cheetah in a long distance race! According to Psychology Today, Greyhounds are excellent long distance runners and can keep a speed of 35mph for up to 7 miles.

#10 While the Chow Chow dogs are well known for their distinctive blue-black tongues, they’re actually born with pink tongues. They turn blue-black at 8-10 weeks of age. Source: Vetstreet

#11 The Basenji is not technically “barkless,” as many people think. They can yodel.

Dog History

Fun facts about dogs:

#1 George Washington was an admirer of the English Hound. He owned 36 dogs

#2 The oldest dog’s bones have been found in Asia and are dated back to the X century BC. The first definite breed appeared for about nine thousand years ago and it’s appearance was close to the modern Greyhound.

#3 The Guinness World Record for the oldest dog breed is held by the Saluki. The breed dates back to 329BC and were kept as royal pets in Ancient Egypt. Reportedly, there are also carvings found in Southern Iraq of a dog that looks similar to a Saluki which dates back to 7000BC.

#4 Rin Tin Tin, the famous German Shepherd, was nominated for an Academy Award.

#5 The tallest dog in the world ever was a Great Dane named Zeus! Measured at 44 inches tall on October 4th 2011, he’s the current Guinness World Record holder.

#6 The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the only breed named for a fictional person (a character in the novel Guy Mannering, by Sir Walter Scott).

#7 If you’re a Star Wars fan you’ll love this amazing dog fact. The Los Angeles Times claims that George Lucas modelled the Ewoks after his family dog!

#8 Did you know that three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic? Three dogs survived in the sinking of the Titanic: the Newfoundland, the Pomeranian and the Pekingese. Vetstreet states that the dogs were in first class and included a Pomeranian puppy – which her owner wrapped in a blanket to escape with, and everyone thought she was carrying a baby.

#9 The first law on the rights of animals was adopted in Japan in the XVII-XVIII centuries. According to it the punishment for the killing a dog was execution, and citizens had to adress to stray dogs as «Your Most Honourable Dog».

#10 Canary Islands are named after dogs (from the Latin «canis») that were worshiped by the locals. And a canary bird was named in honour of these islands.

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Dog Characteristics

Fun facts about dogs:

#1 All puppies are born deaf.

#2 Dogs chase their tails for a variety of reasons: curiosity, exercise, anxiety, predatory instinct or, they might have fleas! If your dog is chasing his tail excessively, talk with your vet.

#3 The shape of a dog’s face suggests its longevity: A long face means a longer life.

#4 The only sweat glands that dogs have are between their paw pads. In addition to sweating through their paw pads, dogs pant to cool themselves off. A panting dog can take 300-400 breaths (compared to his regular 30-40) with very little effort. Source: Vetstreet

#5 When dogs kick backward after they go to the bathroom it’s not to cover it up, but to mark their territory, using the scent glands in their feet. A mystery was finally solved!

#6 A dog’s sense in smell is more than 100,000 times stronger than a human’s. dog’s sense of smell is legendary, but did you know that his nose has as many as 300 million receptors? In comparison, a human nose has about 5 million.

#7 Dogs have three eyelids, an upper lid, a lower lid and the third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” which helps keep the eye moist and protected. Source: Whole Dog Journal

#8 Dogs curl up in a ball when they sleep due to an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm. Also, dogs curl up in a ball when sleeping to protect their organs—a hold over from their days in the wild, when they were vulnerable to predator attacks. Source: Vetstreet

#9 Dogs can see in the dark due to a special membrane in their eyes called the tapetum lucidum. Source: Healthy Pet

#10 Dogs’ ears are extremely expressive.There are more than a dozen separate muscles that control a dog’s ear movements. Source: Whole Dog Journal

#11 Dogs have wet noses because they lick their noses. Dogs’ noses secrete a thin layer of mucous that helps them absorb scent. They then lick their noses to sample the scent through their mouth. Source: Vetstreet

#12 It’s a myth that dogs only see in black and white. In fact, it’s believed that dogs see primarily in blue, greenish-yellow, yellow and various shades of gray. Source: About.com

#13 It has been proven that dogs can actually ‘smell’ some type of cancer. The Penn Vet Working Dog Center works with four trained canines in its nanotechnology research for cancer detection; and in this study, dogs detected prostate cancer correctly 90 percent of the time. Amazing!

#14 Dogs release oxytocin (the love hormone) in their brains when they interact with dogs and humans.

Other sources: https://www.akc.org/ , https://www.purina.co.uk/.

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