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Fun Facts About Our Furry Friends
- Dogs noses are wet to help absorb scent chemicals.
- Newfoundland’s are amazing lifeguards.
- The Beatles song ‘A Day in the Life’ has a frequency only dogs can hear.
- Three dogs survived the Titanic sinking.
- A Bloodhound’s sense of smell can be used as evidence in court.
- The tallest dog in the world is 44 inches tall.
- Basenji dogs don’t bark, they yodel.
- A Greyhound could beat a Cheetah in a long-distance race.
- A blind man and his guide dog hiked the Appalachian Trail.
- The Ewoks in Star Wars were based on a dog.
- 30% of Dalmatians are deaf in one ear.
- The Saluki is the oldest dog breed.
- Chow Chows and Shar-Peis have black tongues.
- Dogs have three eyelids.
- The African Hunting dog is the most successful hunter in the world.Purina.co.uk/dogs/
More Doggy Facts
- The Labrador Retriever has been on the AKC’s top 10 most popular breeds list for 29 consecutive years—longer than any other breed.
- A dog’s nose print is unique, much like a person’s fingerprint.
- Forty-five percent of U.S. dogs sleep in their owner’s bed.
- Speaking of sleeping … all dogs dream, but puppies and senior dogs dream more frequently than adult dogs.
- Seventy percent of people sign their dog’s name on their holiday cards.
- A dog’s sense of smell is legendary, but did you know that his nose has as many as 300 million receptors? In comparison, a human nose has about 5 million.
- Rin Tin Tin, the famous German Shepherd, was nominated for an Academy Award.
- The shape of a dog’s face suggests its longevity: A long face means a longer life.
- Dog eyes have a part called the tapetum lucidum, allowing night vision.
- 1The name Collie means “black.” (Collies once tended black-faced sheep.)
- Yawning is contagious—even for dogs. Research shows that the sound of a human yawn can trigger one from your dog. And it is four times as likely to happen when it’s the yawn of a person he knows. Yawning is contagious between people and dogs.
- The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the only breed named for a fictional person—a character in the novel Guy Mannering, by Sir Walter Scott.
- Dogs curl up in a ball when sleeping to protect their organs—a holdover from their days in the wild, when they were vulnerable to predator attacks.
- The Basenji is not technically “barkless,” as many people think. They can yodel.
- The Australian Shepherd is not actually from Australia—they are an American breed.
- Human blood pressure goes down when petting a dog. And so, does the dogs.
- There are over 75 million pet dogs in the U.S.—more than in any other country.
- A person who hunts with a Beagle is known as a “Beagler.”
- Dogs are not colorblind. They also see blue and yellow.
- All puppies are born deaf.
- Dalmatians are born completely white and develop their spots as they get older.
- Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. (We humans have between 2,000–10,000.)
- When dogs kick backward after they go to the bathroom it is not to cover it up, but to mark their territory, using the scent glands in their feet.
- A recent study shows that dogs are among a small group of animals who show voluntary unselfish kindness towards others without any reward. This is one fact dog lovers have known all along.
- And the Labrador Retriever is originally from Newfoundland.Akc.org/