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Fun Dog Facts

Fun stuff for dog lovers.

Here are some fun and interesting dog facts. See how much trivia you know about man’s best friend. Did you Know…

  • A dog’s heart beats between 70 and 120 times a minute, compared with a human heart which beats 70 to 80 times a minute.
  • A dog’s normal body temperature is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • A female carries her young about 60 days before the puppies are born.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest dog on record was a Yorkshire Terrier in Great Britain who, at the age of 2, weighed just 4 ounces.
  • The longest lived dog, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was an Australian Cattle Dog, named Bluey, who lived to be 29.
  • An adult dog has 42 teeth.
  • 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.
  • If never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their puppies could produce over 66,000 dogs in 6 years!
  • The only sweat glands a dog has are between the paw pads.
  • In 1957, Laika became the first living being in space via an earth satellite
  • The world’s smartest dogs are thought to be (1) the border collie, (2) the poodle, and (3) the golden retriever.
  • Chocolate contains a substance known as theobromine (similar to caffeine) which can kill dogs or at the very least make them violently ill.
  • Dogs’ sense of hearing is more than ten times more acute than a human’s
  • More than 1 in 3 American families own a dog.
  • Dogs don’t like rain because the sound is amplified and hurts their very sensitive ears.
  • The ten most popular dogs (AKC, 2007) are in order:
    Labrador Retriever, Yorkshire Terrier, German Shepherd,
    Golden Retriever, Beagle, Boxer, Dachshund, Poodle,
    Shih Tzu, and Bulldog.
  • Dogs were the first animals domesticated by people.
  • A greyhound can run as fast as 45 miles an hour.
  • Spaying/neutering your dog before the age of 6 months can help prevent cancer in your dog.
  • Puppies acquire a full mouth of permanent teeth between four and seven months old.
  • Small dogs live the longest. Toy breeds live up to 16 years or more. Larger dogs average is 7 – 12 years. Veterinary medicine have extended this estimate by about three years. However, some breeds, such as Tibetan terrier live as long as twenty years.
  • Eighty percent of dog owners buy their dog a present for holidays and birthdays. More than half of them sign letters and cards from themselves and their pets.
  • The dog name “Fido” is from Latin and means “fidelity.”
  • The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world.
  • Most pet owners (94 percent) say their pet makes them smile more than once a day.
  • Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible.
  • It has been established that people who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.
  • All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus,a direct forbearer of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.
  • Seventy percent of people sign their pet’s name on greeting cards and 58 percent include their pets infamily and holiday portraits, according to a survey done by the American Animal Hospital Association.
  • A dog’s whiskers are touch-sensitive hairs called vibrissae. They are found on the muzzle, above the eyes and below the jaws, and can actually sense tiny changes in airflow.
  • The origin of amputating a dog’s tail may go back to the Roman writer Lucius Columella’s (A.D. 4-70) assertion that tail docking prevented rabies.
  • 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.
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38 Responses to “Fun Dog Facts”

  1. meme Says:

    jofewufh hehe nice. dogs are cute.

  2. Jacqui Says:

    Chow Chow’s have blue tongues. The Chines believe that chow chows licked away the clouds and some of the sky was left on their tongues.

  3. Avery Says:

    HHAHA!

  4. summer Says:

    i love dogs aint that right avery

  5. rob Says:

    i luv dogs more than i do people

  6. dog lover>>>> Says:

    yo guys i 2 luv dogs……………………. n i lykd dat chow-chow fact

  7. Laura Says:

    Goldens are not the third most intelligent breed, GSDs are on the list as number three.

  8. nadine Says:

    hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
    i adore them and this is the best thing ever
    whats the best thing ever
    its the dog
    OMG
    there soooooooooooooooooo cute

  9. olivia Says:

    wow these facts are cool xxxxxxxxxxx

  10. Danyelle Says:

    HI my name is danyelle and i am in the 5th grade and these facts are so good that i got an a and my teacher says that he tell everyone about this site

  11. cozmo Says:

    Thank you very much! Congratulations on getting an “A”

  12. dogmad Says:

    I absolutely love dogs (cats aren’t as affectionate)
    This is such a cool website!

  13. holly Says:

    i have four dogs thay r delightful

  14. holly Says:

    hi its me again and im in fith grade i got a a+ on it this is the best website i luv dogs

  15. cozmo Says:

    Thank you Holly

  16. Pooch with Style Says:

    My customers love this site. I always share info with them.

  17. E dog crazy Says:

    I love dogs and love reading about them but I think this is one of the best websites I’ve been on

  18. funny man Says:

    These facts are great I really thought that dogs saw in black n white. Thanks

  19. lilmissangel Says:

    i love dogs so much i have a dog named lola and every night she takes all the covers =) i got to love her =)

  20. Lisa Burge Says:

    i lov this site

  21. shushi Says:

    golden retrievers are the 1st most intelligent breed!!!!!

  22. Daniel Lawrence Says:

    Hi! These facts are so cool..especially the ‘dogs not seeing in black & white’ part.

  23. BC Says:

    Chow Chows have are the only breed with 44 teeth! :D

  24. shushi Says:

    Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the BiBLe! WOW! cats aren’t mentioned even once!

  25. Wizzy Says:

    Can’t believe cocker spaniels aren’t in the top 10 for intelligence, my little spaniel has more brains than my kids!

  26. Wizzy Says:

    sorry i meant top 3

  27. cozmo Says:

    lol!

  28. liron humtsoe lairon Says:

    Wow..wow..
    I just love reading these cool facts of dogs.

  29. oskar Says:

    really cool facts :P

  30. Desirih Jones Says:

    I luv dogs! GR8 facts :D

  31. mATT Says:

    COOL FACTS

  32. thetrueanimallover_4eva Says:

    Awesome facts!!! I esp love the fact about why dogs don’t like rain. I know many people who wonder why that is, and now I can tell them the reason for it. :) Some of these facts are also great for convincing parents to like dogs more (or to let you have one) :):):)

  33. faith.fefe Says:

    dogs are so cute i love them so much. they are so cute/ i love them so much. i grow up wityh dogs

  34. BoxerLUVR Says:

    I have 2 boxers and a cavalier and i love them so much
    AWESOME facts

  35. tiarnha rolls Says:

    HEY THE DOGS ARE SO CUTE!!!

  36. alice Says:

    AMAZING I LOVE DOGS HEAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THERE SO CUTE

  37. mel Says:

    Actually the top 3 smartest dogs are 1) Border collie 2)Poodle 3) German Shepard Not the Golden retriever

  38. niki says Says:

    cool facts

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