All About Dogs: 95 Fun Facts

Your dog is your best friend but there is a lot you may not know about him! Whether your dog is young or old, these fun facts about dogs will give you 98 new reasons to love your little friend!

Puppies love to play hide and seek! Run and hide, then call after your dog’s name so she can try to find you.

  1. Dogs can learn more than 1000 words.
  2. A big happy “helicopter tail” is a sign of a really kind dog
  3. An upright, stiff, fast tail movement is not a sign of kindness but it indicates a dog that is quite excited and focused.
  4. Puppies grow to half their body weight during the first four to five months!
  5. Puppies then take a year or more to gain the other half of their body weight.
  6. Puppies can sleep 18 to 20 hours a day during the rapid growth phase.
  7. Dogs sometimes seem to learn to smile – just like humans – with their mouths open. This usually indicates that the dog is calm and relaxed.
  8. Tired puppies whine just like little children. If your puppy starts whining, try trying to get it to lie still and sleep for a while.
  9. The fastest dog breed, the greyhound, can reach a speed of 70 km / h.
  10. Perky-eared dogs hear sounds better than floppy-eared dogs.
  11. There are about 400 million dogs in the world.
  12. The Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed.
  13. It is estimated that there are over 500 dog breeds in the world.
  14. The average dog lives for 10 to 14 years.
  15. In general, smaller breeds live longer than larger breeds.
  16. The world’s oldest race, the Saluki, originated in Egypt several thousand years ago.
  17. According to a study by Cornell University, dogs were domesticated between 9,000 and 34,000 years ago.
  18. Thomas Jefferson helped create an extra treasure for dogs in Virginia because he was annoyed that dogs killed his sheep.
  19. Petting dogs releases “feel-good – hormones” for both humans and dogs.
  20. Dogs are omnivores – they eat meat, barley, and vegetables.
  21. The heaviest breed, Mastiff, weighs about 90 kg.
  22. More than half of all US presidents have owned dogs.
  23. US President Calvin Coolidge owned at least a dozen dogs.
  24. Like human fingerprints, no two dogs’ noseprints are alike.
  25. At about 15 cm, the chihuahua is the lowest breed.
  26. Irish Wolfhound is the tallest breed and is about 90 cm tall.
    The Russian dog Laika was the first animal in space, in 1957.
  27. The dogs that bark the most are Dwarf Schnauzer, Cairn Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Fox Terrier, and West Highland White Terrier.
  28. Puppies have 28 teeth and adult dogs have 42.
  29. The best age to take a puppy home is when the puppy is 8 to 12 weeks old.
  30. Dogs look best at dawn and dusk.
  31. Dogs are not color blind but their eyes do not have receptors for red color. They look in shades of black and white and also in shades of blue and yellow.
  32. Newborn puppies have heat sensors in their noses to help find their mothers while their eyes and ears are closed.
  33. A dog’s odor ability decreases by up to 40 percent when it has a fever.
  34. Dog breeds that are easy to learn to include Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, and Collie.
  35. Bichon Frize, Portuguese Water Dog, Kerry Blue Terrier, and Poodle are good choices if you have allergies because they shed less than other breeds.
  36. More than one in three American families has a dog.
  37. The average number of puppies in a litter is four to six.
  38. There are nearly 14,000 animal shelters and rescue teams in North America.
  39. Service dogs are recognized in the United States as “essential medical equipment.”
  40. Therapy dogs, which provide healing to individuals and families by visiting hospitals,
    schools, or boarding houses, differs from service dogs, which help people with disabilities.
  41. The Newfoundland dog breed has a water-resistant coating.
  42. As Disney’s Cruella De Vil was aware, Dalmatians’ puppies are born completely white and develop spots as they get older.
  43. Dogs sweat through their feet.
  44. Dogs have three eyelids, including one to keep their eyes moist and protected.
  45. Chow Chow is born with a pink tongue, which turns blue-black at 8 to 10 weeks.
  46. Dogs are herd animals – they do not like to be alone.
  47. In ancient China, people kept warm by putting dogs up to their sleeves.
  48. Dogs that have been neutered live longer than those that have not been neutered.
  49. Bloodhound has the record for the longest ears in the world – about 33 cm long.
  50. Bingo is the name of the dog on the packaging of Cracker Jacks.
  51. In 1969, Lassie became the first animal to be inducted into the Animal Hall of Fame.
  52. The dog breed Alaskan Malamute can withstand temperatures down to minus 70 degrees.
  53. Cuddling with a dog can lower your blood pressure.
  54. Stray dogs in Moscow have learned to take the subway to find food.
  55. Over half of dog owners take their dogs with them on annual holiday photos.
  56. In the past, it was illegal to have dogs as pets in Reykavik, the capital of Iceland, but now these laws have been removed.
  57. President Lyndon Johnson’s beagles were named Him and Her.
  58. An unneutered bitch, her partner, and their puppies can theoretically produce 67,000 puppies in six years.
  59. Basenji is the only breed that can not bark.
  60. Dogs are direct relatives of wolves.
  61. Puppies are blind, deaf, and toothless when they are born.
  62. Dogs curl up to stay warm and protect vital organs.
  63. A dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than a human’s.
  64. The Norwegian Puffin is the only dog ​​with six toes on each paw.
  65. Dogs can become jealous when their people show love to someone or something else.
  66. Dogs can be trained to detect cancer and other diseases in humans.
  67. A dog’s sideburns are used as a tactile rod.
  68. Three of the twelve dogs on the Titanic survived.
  69. Your puppy reaches its full size between 12 and 24 months.
  70. The United States has the most dogs in the world.
  71. Rin Tin Tin was the first Hollywood dog star.
  72. A dog’s average body temperature is 101.2 degrees Fahrenheit, about 38 degrees Celsius.
  73. Many problems that dogs have with their paws are due to long claws.
  74. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts both offer special honors in dog care.
  75. Berger Picard, Little American Shepherd, and Lagotto Romagnolo are the latest dog breeds to be recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015.
  76. Beatles’ Paul McCartney recorded a loud whistle at the end of “A Day in the Life” for his dog.
  77. Max, Jake, Maggie, and Molly are the most popular dog names in the United States.
  78. Spiked dog collars were used to protect dogs’ necks from wolf attacks in ancient Greece.
  79. Walt Disney’s family dog ​​- named Sunnee – inspired the movie “Lady and Lufsen”.
  80. Different dog teams compete for the fastest time without errors in flyball races.
  81. Chihuahuas are born with soft spots on their skulls, just like human children.
  82. Mastiff wore armor and was sent after knights in Roman times.
  83. National Geographic’s Dr. Brady Barr measured that the dog’s average bite strength is 320 pounds of pressure per square inch.
  84. Dogs are mentioned in the Bible over 35 times.
  85. Obesity is the biggest health problem among dogs.
    Dachshunds were originally bred to fight badgers.
  86. Border Collies, Poodles, and Golden Retrievers are considered to be the world’s smartest dog breeds.
  87. Smaller dog breeds mature faster than larger breeds.
  88. Dogs have twice as many muscles to move their ears like humans.
  89. Females carry their puppies for about nine weeks before birth.
  90. Dogs are naturally inferior to any other creature of higher status.
  91. The Chihuahua is named after a state in northwestern Mexico, where it was first discovered.
  92. Dogs can learn to count and solve simple mathematical problems.
  93. With love and patience, dogs can learn to walk backward, health and bow.
  94. Revolutionary war soldiers took their dogs into battle, including George Washington and his dog, Sweetlips.
  95. American Water Spaniel was the first hunting breed developed to retrieve things from boats.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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