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60 Amazing Facts About Dogs | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. There are approximately 450 million dogs found across the globe including both stray dogs as well as pets.
  2. All dogs are direct descendants of wolf.
  3. The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world. France has the second highest.
  4. The most popular dog breed in Canada, U.S., and Great Britain is the Labrador retriever.
  5. The average age of most dogs is around 15-20 years. The oldest dog to have been recorded lived to be a ripe age of 29 years old.
  6. The shape of a dog’s face suggests how long it will live. Dogs with sharp, pointed faces that look more like wolves typically live longer while dogs with very flat faces, such as bulldogs have shorter lives.
  7. The first dogs were self-domesticated wolves which, at least 12,000 years ago, became attracted to the first sites of permanent human habitation. In contrast cats have lived with people for only 7,000 years.
  8. Dogs like humans are either left or right handed.
  9. All the dogs have the same bony structure – 321 bones and 42 permanent teeth.
  10. The average heart rate of a healthy dog is 120 heartbeats per minute, which is 50% faster than the average heart rate of humans which is 72 beats per minute.
  11. The Great Dane is a breed that has its origins in Germany and is supposed to be the tallest dog.
  12. An English mastiff, named Zorba is considered to be the world’s longest and heaviest dog. This dog breed weighs over 150 Kg and is eight feet three inches long when measured from nose to tail.
  13. The smallest dog on record was a matchbox-size Yorkshire Terrier. It was 2.5″ tall at the shoulder, 3.5″ from nose tip to tail, and weighed only 4 ounces.
  14. Amazingly nose prints are used to identify dogs, just like humans use fingerprints!
  15. The gestation period in dogs is about 60 days. .
  16. A puppy’s eyes do not open until it is 10 to 15 days old. And until it has grown about four weeks, it cannot see , hear or smell properly.
  17. Dogs can smell about 1,000 times better than humans. While humans have 5 million smell-detecting cells, dogs have more than 220 million. The part of the brain that interprets smell is also four times larger in dogs than in humans.
  18. A blood hound has over 400 million receptors and is known for acute smelling sense.
  19. Different smells in the a dog’s urine can tell other dogs whether the dog leaving the message is female or male, old or young, sick or healthy, happy or angry
  20. A dog can hear sounds 250 yards away compared to humans who can hear up to 25 yards. In fact a dog can locate the source of a sound in 1/600 of a second.
  21. The average dog can learn 165 words, count up to 4 or 5 and even have a basic understanding of arithmetic.
  22. Dogs and cats turn in circles before lying down because in the wild this instinctive action turns long grass into a bed.
  23. When reflected from head lights ,deer’s eyes are orange, whereas cats and dogs are green. Rabbits eyes remain black.
  24. Amazing fact is that most Greyhounds are universal blood donors and are used to provide extra blood during another dog’s surgery.
  25. Amazingly dogs do not sweat by salivating, they sweat through the pads of their feet and their tongues.
  26. Fact is dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears.
  27. Amazingly the Basenji dog and the Australian Dingo are the only species of dog that is not able to bark.
  28. Amazingly dogs can tell the size of another dog by listening to its growls.
  29. Dogs bend their ‘knees’ backwards because those are actually their ankles!
  30. A dog was killed by a meteor in 1911 in Nakhala , Egypt. It is the only creature to be killed by a meteor.
  31. Amazingly dogs can’t see colors being color blind. Guide dogs watch the traffic to see when it is safe to cross as they can’t see the difference between red and green traffic lights.
  32. Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.
  33. Alaskan malamutes are praised sled dogs in the northerner territories having  an unusual ear configuration that allows them to bend the ears backwards while running making it easier for the dogs to hear commands, from the sled master while pulling the sled.
  34. Dogs can move their ears in many different directions which is one of the reasons they have such acute hearing. This is due to double the number of small muscles in their ears compared to humans.
  35. Dogs can generally run up to 30 km an hour at full speed. However greyhound  can reach speeds up to  72 km per hour.
  36. When you are asking dog to fetch something , pointing to the object Is no good, they will only focus on the tip of your finger not the object you are pointing.
  37. A dog most likely interprets a smiling person as baring their teeth, which is an act of aggression.
  38. Humans and dogs are the only known species to seek visual cues from another individual’s eyes, and dogs only do this when interacting with humans.
  39. When the titanic sunk, there were three dogs that survived, a Newfoundland, a Pomeranian, and a Pekingese. They survived because the owners refused to go on the boats without them.
  40. When dogs bite , it has been found that it is usually the females that are the main aggressors.
  41. Fact is German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.
  42. Amazing fact is that chocolate affects a dogs heart and nervous system. Reason is that a chemical in chocolate called theobromine also known as Xantheose is toxic to dog and can fatally affect your dog if it ingests more than 100 mg per kilogram of body weight.
  43. Small quantities of grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs. Cooked onions, or anything with caffeine can also be harmful to dogs. Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which may be deadly to dogs.
  44. Laika, a stray dog, became the first ever astronaut dog to enter space in a space shuttle, the Russian Sputnik II in the year 1967.
  45. A dog has slept next to his owner’s grave for 6 years. No one ever showed him where it was! His owner, Miguel Guzmán died in 2006. Capitán, the dog, disappeared while the family attended the funeral services. Dog comes around each night at 6 pm to sleep next to grave.
  46. In WWII, a dog named Gander fended off two Japanese ambushes. When they came back again, with a grenade this time, Gander picked it up and charged back at them, killing more Japanese and saving his wounded team.
  47. JFK’s daughter was secretly gifted the puppy of the first Russian dog in space as part of a series of secret daily correspondence between JFK and Khrushchev. The dog then proceeded to bite every Kennedy.
  48. Three dogs in New Zealand were taught to drive a modified car around a race track in an effort to show that dogs are intelligent enough.
  49. The Soviets trained dogs to serve as anti-tank bombers, but because they used soviet tanks to train the dogs, the dogs attacked Russian tanks instead of their German targets.
  50. Three stray dogs in Afghanistan saved 50 American soldiers by attacking a suicide bomber. A Facebook group raised $21,000 to bring the dogs back to the US reuniting them with the soldiers.
  51. Russia’s Vladimir Putin brought a large dog with him to a round of negotiations with German politician, Angela Merkel, knowing that she feared dogs to gain a psychological edge.
  52. If a guide dog judges that a command is unsafe, it will refuse the command. This is called “intelligent disobedience”.
  53. If you get the proper paperwork filed out, you can have your dog listed as an “Emotional Support Animal,” which allows  you to bring him/her on planes and allows him/her to live with you even if your lodging prohibits dogs.
  54. Dogs are often placed with cheetahs in captivity to help keep them calm.
  55. The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kubla Khan.
  56. In Iran, it is against the law to own a dog as a pet. If you can prove that the dog is a guard or hunting dog, this restriction doesn’t apply.
  57. There are special bins in Mexico City where when you put your dog poo in it, you get free wifi. The more poo, the longer the free wifi.
  58. Spiked dog collars were invented in ancient Greece and were originally designed to protect the dog’s throat from wolf attacks.
  59. The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in 17 th Century England. During heavy rainstorms, many homeless animals would drown and float down the streets, giving the appearance that it had actually rained cats and dogs
  60. Even in biblical times the dogs were a very important part of the family. They have been mentioned more than 14 times in the bible.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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