35 Amazing Facts About Dogs

The following is a list of fun facts about dogs that Dee Braun recently put out in her newsletter.


Enjoy these amusing, and many times amazing, dog facts.
As the famous saying goes, dogs are man’s best friend. Whether it’s a dependable worker, loyal companion or family pet, dogs are great animals that offer a lot of good qualities that are enjoyed by humans.    Let’s see how much trivia you know about your best dog friend.

Amazing Dog Facts

By Dee Braun

1. It pays to be a lap dog. Three dogs (from First Class cabins!) survived the sinking of the Titanic – two Pomeranians and one Pekingese.
Source: Vet street

2. Is it a duck – or a dog? The Newfoundland breed has a water resistant coat and webbed feet. This dog was bred to help haul nets for fishermen and rescuing people at risk of drowning.

3. Wow, check out those choppers! Puppies have 28 teeth and normal adult dogs have 42.
Source: About.com

4. A Beatles hit. It’s rumored that, at the end of the Beatles song, “A Day in the Life,” Paul McCartney recorded an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, just for his Shetland sheepdog.
Source: PBS

5. Seeing spots? Or not – Dalmatian puppies are pure white when they are born and develop their spots as they grow older.
Source: Vet street


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

7. No night vision goggles needed! Dogs’ eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark.
Source: Healthy Pet

8. Dogs do dream! Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage dog can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming
Source: Healthy Pet

9. If your dog’s acting funny, get out the umbrella! According to a Petside.com/Associated Press poll, 72% of dog owners believe their dog can detect when stormy weather is on the way.

10. Pitter patter. 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

11. Is something wet? Unlike humans who sweat everywhere, dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet.
Source: Healthy Pet

12. It’s not a fever – A dog’s normal temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. How much do you know about dog health?
Source: Web MD

13. Americans love dogs! 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 72.9 million homes
Source: American Pet Products Association

14. Here’s looking at you. 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


15. Move over, Rover! 45% of dogs sleep in their owner’s bed (we’re pretty sure a large percentage also hogs the blankets!)
Source: American Pet Products Association

16. Doggie Einstein – Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five and can perform simple mathematical calculations. The average dog is as intelligent as a two-year-old child.
Source: Telegraph.co.uk

17. Where’s the beef? Some stray Russian dogs have figured out how to use the subway system in order to travel to more populated areas in search of food.
Source: EnglishRussia.com

18. Personal space please! Dogs don’t enjoy being hugged as much as humans and other primates. Canines interpret putting a limb over another animal as a sign of dominance.
Source: Wikipedia.org

19. Patriotic canines – Two stray dogs in Afghanistan saved 50 American soliders. A Facebook group raised $21,000 to bring the dogs back to the US and reunite them with the soldiers.
Source: Gimundo.com
20. Flyin’ high – Nesbit, a yellow lab, earned over one million Delta airline miles in his life and had his own frequent flier card.
Source: Daisy.org

21. A new life – One of Michael Vick’s former fighting dogs, Leo, went on to be a therapy dog who comforted dying children.
Source: OhMyDog.com

22. What’s up your sleeve? In ancient China, an emperor’s last line of defense was a small Pekingese dog literally hidden up his sleeve.
Source: ThePekineseClubofAmerica.com

23. The nose knows. The wetness of a dog’s nose is essential for determining what direction a smell is coming from.
Source: Wikipedia.org

24. Do I smell Fritos? ‘Frito Feet’ is the name of the phenomenon in which the bacteria on a dog’s paws cause them to smell like corn chips. Because a pup’s feet are in constant contact with the ground, they pick up tons of microorganisms in their paws. When dogs cool off by sweating through the pads of their feet, the combo of moisture and bacteria releaces a nutty, popcorn-like aroma. Basically it’s dog B.O.
Source: SentinelSource.com

25.Making a Spoon. When a dog drinks, he curls his tongue backwards, towards his body. Now only does he curl it backwards, but he makes a little scoop, or spoon, with the tip of it. The bottom of the “spoon” is what hits the water, making a splashy mess.
Source: discovery.com

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

27. Watch that plate of cookies! A Dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 – 100,000 times more acute as that of humans.
Source: PBS

28. It’s not so black and white. 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

29. Did you hear that? Sound frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz). The higher the Hertz, the higher-pitched the sound. Dogs hear best at 8,000 Hz, while humans hear best at around 2,000 Hz.
Source: Whole Dog Journal


30. Express yourself. Dogs’ ears are extremely expressive. It’s no wonder! There are more than a dozen separate muscles that control a dog’s ear movements.
Source: Whole Dog Journal

31. Kickin’ up their heels. When dogs kick after going to the bathroom, they are using the scent glands on their paws to further mark their territory.
Source: Healthy Pet

32. Look, I’m a ball! Dogs curl up in a ball when they sleep due to an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and protect their abdomen and vital organs from predators.
Source: Vetstreet

33. Breathe easy. 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

34. Get out the magnifying glass! The smallest known adult dog was a Yorkshire Terrier that was only 2.5 inches at the shoulder, and weighed only 4 ounces.

35. Is that a dog or a pony? The largest dog was an English Mastiff who weighed 343 pounds.

Keep Your Pets Healthy, Naturally!

Just like us, our companion animals, like dogs and cats are affected by the health hazards of everyday modern living. Pollution, poor nutrition, stress and unhealthy lifestyles can lead to a variety of illnesses and conditions that are very similar to those experienced by people.

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