Dogs are man’s best friend. They give unconditional love to their families no matter who their families are. But their uniqueness doesn’t stop there rather it starts. This article is all about dog facts and information. Things you probably don’t know about your favorite canine friend.
All dogs are actually descendant’s of wolves.
In America, one in three families owns a dog. A Chinese study found that people who own dogs get better sleep at night and are sick less often. Dog owners are also less likely to suffer from depression than non-pet owners. The average lifetime cost of owning a dog is $13,750.
Big dogs generally have shorter life expectancies because they age faster. The world’s oldest dog was an Australian Cattle Dog who lived in excess of 29 years and 5 months.
Biggest, Smallest and Fastest Dogs
The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest dog breed in the world. The English Mastiff is the largest dog breed in the world. The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world. The greyhound is the seventh fastest land animal in the world, clocked at speeds of 45 miles per hour.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the tallest dog is a Great Dane named Zeus. He’s 44 inches tall and reaches 7-foot-4 when he’s standing on his hind legs.
Interesting Facts About Various Dog Breeds:
The term “dachshund” means “badger dog” in German. They were bred to help people with hunting. Dachshunds have a long body that was used to get badgers and other animals from their burrows.
Doberman Pinschers came into existence in the 1800s because a German guy man named Louis Dobermann decided he needed some extra protection for his job of collecting taxes.
Poodles have a reputation for being spoiled, but their haircuts are actually very functional. They were bred as hunting dogs — to retrieve birds who had fallen in the water. And to provide help in swimming, their coats were mostly shaved off.
The Norwegian Lundehund has six toes on each foot. They were bred to hunt puffins in Norway, which is how they got that name (Lunde is the Norwegian word for “puffin” and “hand” means “dog”).
Corgis were prized for their herding abilities. Despite their strange body type, they herded cattle, sheep, and even ducks and geese.
Pekingese dogs were bred to be the emperor’s bodyguards in Ancient China. Miniature Pekingese were named “Sleeve Pekingese” for how they were carried: in the large sleeves of the robes worn by members of the Chinese Imperial Household.
The Basenji is the only dog that cannot bark. Due to its narrow larynx. Instead of barking, the Basenji vocalizes through yodels — which sound like “baroos” or howls.
Dalmatians are born without any black spots.
We all know that Belgian Malinois Shepherd Dogs can sniff out explosives, narcotics, etc., and thus used by police; but recently, they have been trained to smell prostate cancer, to sniff out bootleg VDs. And to track down smuggled phones in prisons.
Interesting Dog Facts (in general)
Sense Organs of dogs
Dogs have better night vision than humans.
Dogs have super sensitive hearing and can hear 4 times as far as humans. Puppies may be born deaf, but they quickly surpass our hearing abilities. Dogs can also hear higher-pitched sounds, up to a frequency of 45,000 hertz. (The human can hear up to 23,000 hertz).
Dogs have a super sensitive smell. Out of all his senses, smell is the main sense a dog relies on. Dog’s sense of smell is 1,000 to 10 million times better than yours. Depending on the breed, dogs have between 125 million to 300 million scent glands — (compared to only 5 million for humans), and the part of your dog’s brain that controls smell is 40 times larger than ours.
Just like cats, our canine friends bend the tip of their tongue and raise liquid in a column up to their mouths.
Dogs only have sweat glands in their paws. To be more precise, these sweat glands are found between their paw pads. That’s why it can help to wet the bottom of their feet on a hot day, and it’s also why dogs rely on panting as a means of cooling down.
Jaw Strength of a dog:
According to a test done on a German shepherd, an American pit bull terrier, and a Rottweiler, On average, a dog’s mouth exerts 320 pounds of pressure. Which In comparison to, human being’s (120 pounds) is quite high. Other animals such as white sharks and crocodiles exert 600 pounds, and a whopping 2,500 pounds respectively.
Dogs and Humans
There are many things that dogs have in common with us. Like dogs, who bark continuously can also get laryngitis. They can be left or right handed (or pawed). And they also have different blood types.
Dogs even process voices much the same way humans do, which allows them to detect emotions.
Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures. The average dog is as intelligent as a two-year-old child. In 2010, a border collie named Chaser made news because researchers from Wofford College had taught her to recognize 1,022 words, including many commands as well as hundreds of toy names.
Studies indicate that dogs actually don’t feel guilty But, they do feel envious if they feel another dog is being better rewarded for the same trick.
Dogs have twice as many muscles used for moving as humans. A one-year-old pup is as physically mature as a 15-year-old human. Dogs also have ten more adult teeth than humans (42 versus 32).
Here Are Some Famous Dog Trivia:
The Airedale Terrier, Laddie Boy, owned by US President Warren G. Harding, had his own seat at Cabinet meetings. The New York Times ran many stories about him with headlines like “Laddie Boy a Newsboy” and “Laddie Boy Gets Playmate.”
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev once gave a dog to JFK’s daughter, Caroline. The dog’s name was “Pushinka,” Russian for “Fluffy.” Pushinka’s mom was none other than Strelka, one of the first animals to orbit the earth.
While George H.W. Bush was in office, his dog Millie had a litter of puppies in the White House. One of these puppies, Spot, would later move back into the White House when George W. Bush took office.
The Beatles were also dog lovers. In fact, Paul McCartney once said, “If you ever play Sgt. Pepper, watch your dog.” The band puts a dog whistle sound during the song “A Day in the Life,”
The golden retriever that played Comet for a full six seasons on the great American television program Full House also played Buddy in Air Bud, one of the greatest movies of all time.
Here is one concluding Dog fact Did you Know that three dogs actually survived the sinking of the Titanic. Here you can read more about that story
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