102 Weird Facts About Dogs

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  1. It is a myth that dogs are color blind. They can actually see in color, just not as vividly as humans. It is akin to our vision at dusk.
  2. Dogs DO have better low-light vision than humans because of a special light-reflecting layer behind their retinas
  3. A German Shepherd guide dog led her blind companion the entire 2100 mile Appalachian Trail
  4. If never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their puppies could produce over 66,000 dogs in 6 years!
  5. Dogs’ only sweat glands are between their paw pads
  6. Like human babies, Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot in their skull which closes with age
  7. The breed Lundehund has 6 toes on each foot and can close its ears
  8. Teddy Roosevelt’s dog, Pete, ripped a French ambassador’s pants off at the White House
  9. President Lyndon Johnson had two beagles named Him and Her
  10. Franklin Roosevelt spent $15,000 for a destroyer to pick up his Scottie in the Aleutian Islands
  11. The rest of the list after the jump.

  12. In Roman times, mastiffs donned light armor and were sent after mounted knights
  13. The Russians trained dogs during WWII to run suicide missions with mines strapped to their backs
  14. A dog’s mouth exerts 150-200 pounds of pressure per square inch
  15. … with some dogs exerting up to 450 pounds per squre inch.
  16. A one year old dog is as mature, physically, as a 15 year old human
  17. The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world
  18. France has the 2nd highest
  19. The average city dog lives 3 years longer than a country dog
  20. 87% of dog owners say their dog curls up beside them or at their feet while they watch T.V.
  21. Dogs can be trained to detect epileptic seizures
  22. 15 people die in the U.S. every year from dog bites
  23. In 2002 alone, more people in the U.S. were killed by dogs than by sharks in the past 100 years
  24. Gidget is the name of the Taco Bell dog
  25. Newfoundlands are great swimmers because of their webbed feet
  26. Basset Hounds cannot swim
  27. Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on earth, with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour
  28. Bingo is the name of the dog on the side of the Cracker Jack box
  29. The Bible mentions dogs 14 times
  30. Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic - a Newfoundland, a Pomeranian, and a Pekingese
  31. The Labrador Retriever is the #1 favorite breed in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
  32. Obesity is the #1 health problem among dogs
  33. An estimated 1,000,000 dogs in the U.S. have been named as the primary beneficiaries in their owner’s will
  34. An American Animal Hospital Assoc. poll found that 33% of dog owners admit to talking to their dogs on the phone and leaving answering machine messages for them while away
  35. Dog’s nose prints are as unique as a human’s finger prints and can be used to accurately identify them
  36. At the end of the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life”, a high-pitched dog whistle was recorded by Paul McCartney for his sheepdog
  37. 70% of people sign their pet’s name on greeting and holiday cards
  38. 58% put pets in family and holiday portraits
  39. There are only 350 Cesky Terriers in the world - perhaps the rarest breed
  40. The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in 17th century England when it is believed that many cats and dogs drowned during heavy periods of rain.
  41. Dogs have no sense of “time”
  42. Humans have kept dogs as pets for over 12,000 years
  43. The largest breed of dog is the Irish Wolfhound
  44. The world’s smallest dog breed is the Chihuahua
  45. The St. Bernard is the heaviest
  46. Only dogs and humans have prostates
  47. But dogs do not have an appendix
  48. Every dog on earth likely descended from a species knows as the Tomarctus - a creature that roamed the earth over 15 million years ago
  49. The oldest known breed is likely the Saluki - originally trained by Egyptians to help them track game.
  50. In 1957, Laika became the first living being in space via an earth satellite
  51. … while JFK’s terrier, Charlie, father 4 puppies with Laika’s daughter
  52. An African wolf dog known as the Basenji is the only dog in the world that cannot bark
  53. There are 703 breeds of purebred dogs
  54. Dachshunds were originally bred for fighting badgers
  55. The world’s smartest dogs are thought to be (1) the border collie, (2) the poodle, and (3) the golden retriever
  56. … while the dumbest dog is believed to be the Afghan hound
  57. A dog’s smell is more than 100,000 times stronger than that of a human’s
  58. … which they need because their eyesight is not as keen as a human’s.
  59. Dogs judge objects first by their movement, then by their brightness, and lastly by their shape
  60. Chocolate contains a substance known as theobromine (similar to caffeine) which can kill dogs or at the very least make them violently ill
  61. George Washington had thirty six dogs - all foxhounds - with one named Sweetlips
  62. All dogs are identical in anatomy - 321 bones and 42 permanent teeth
  63. Smaller breeds mature faster than larger breeds
  64. Female dogs are only ready to mate - “in heat” - twice a year for a total of roughly 20 days
  65. Puppies sleep ninety percent of the day for their first few weeks
  66. Rin Tin Tin was the first Hollywood dog star
  67. … and he really signed his movie contracts - all 22 of them - with a pawprint
  68. The Wizard of Oz’s Toto was played by a female Cairn Terrier named Terry
  69. Up until the late 1800’s, Collies were known as Scottish Sheepdogs
  70. Dogs have two times as many muscles to move their ears as people
  71. The longer a dog’s nose, the more effective its internal cooling system
  72. An elderly woman was saved by her 12 pound Yorkshire Terrier who fought off an 80 pound Akita and survived with only 9 stitches
  73. U.S. Customs dogs “Rocky” and “Barco” were so good at patrolling the border that Mexican drug lords put a $300,000 bounty on their heads
  74. Dogs are all direct descendants of wolves
  75. Wolves and dogs can mate to produce fertile offspring
  76. Female wolves have been known to travel great distances to regurgitate full meals for their hungry pups
  77. Cerberus was the tri-headed dog that guarded the underworld in Greek mythology
  78. Female dogs bear their young for 60 days before they’re born
  79. Dogs’ sense of hearing is more than ten times more acute than a human’s
  80. Humans can detect sounds at 20,000 times per second, while dogs can sense frequencies of 30,000 times per second.
  81. The earliest dog fossil dates back to nearly 10,000 B.C.
  82. Bloodhounds are prized for their ability to single out and identify a number of scents simultaneously
  83. Dalmatian puppies are born completely white.
  84. The Ancient Chinese carried Pekingese puppies in the sleeves of their robes
  85. Boxers are so named because of their manner of playing with their front paws
  86. All breeds of dog have been found to attack livestock - from 3 month old puppies, all the way up to thirteen year old poodles
  87. A dog’s heart beats up to 120 times per minute, or 50% faster than the average human heartbeat of 80 times per minute
  88. The oldest dog on record - a Queensland “Heeler” named Bluey - was 29 years, 5 months old
  89. Davy Crockett had a dog named Sport
  90. Dogs were first domesticated by cavemen
  91. Dogs live 15 years on average
  92. Many foot disorders inn dogs are simply an issue of long toenails
  93. More than 5,000,000 puppies are born in the U.S. every year
  94. More than 1 in 3 American families own a dog
  95. Average body temperature for a dog is 101.2 degrees
  96. The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts both offer merit badges in dog care
  97. Dogs are natural pack animals
  98. They are naturally submissive to any creature with higher pack status - human or canine
  99. Dogs instinctively require the pack leader’s approval
  100. Dogs with little human contact in the first three months typically don’t make good pets
  101. The Chihuahua was named after the state in Mexico where they were discovered
  102. After birth, puppies’ eyes do not fully open until they’re about 12 days old
  103. Their vision is not fully developed until after the 1st month

3 Responses to “102 Weird Facts About Dogs”

  1. clantrip says:

    40. Dogs have no sense of “time”

    I beg to differ.
    If I do not wake up “on time,” there will be a cold nose jammed into my eye.
    If I do not come home from work “on time” there will be pacing, moaning, and worry.
    Meals *certainly* better be “on time” or everyone on the block will know that I am abusive and starve my poor puppies in a most outrageous manner.
    And it takes them weeks to adjust to daylight savings because it messes with their sense of time!

  2. diana says:

    #4..urban myth.

    If my dog were to have a litter every season for 6 years the maximum total of puppies would be would be 24 or less to 60 max ….. really doubt the sixty.

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