Fun Facts About Our Furry Friends

Doggy Facts

  1. Dogs noses are wet to help absorb scent chemicals.
  2. Newfoundland’s are amazing lifeguards.
  3. The Beatles song ‘A Day in the Life’ has a frequency only dogs can hear.
  4. Three dogs survived the Titanic sinking.
  5. A Bloodhound’s sense of smell can be used as evidence in court.
  6. The tallest dog in the world is 44 inches tall.
  7. Basenji dogs don’t bark, they yodel.
  8. A Greyhound could beat a Cheetah in a long-distance race.
  9. A blind man and his guide dog hiked the Appalachian Trail.
  10. The Ewoks in Star Wars were based on a dog.
  11. 30% of Dalmatians are deaf in one ear.
  12. The Saluki is the oldest dog breed.
  13. Chow Chows and Shar-Peis have black tongues.
  14. Dogs have three eyelids.
  15. The African Hunting dog is the most successful hunter in the

More Doggy Facts

  1. The Labrador Retriever has been on the AKC’s top 10 most popular breeds list for 29 consecutive years—longer than any other breed.
  2. A dog’s nose print is unique, much like a person’s fingerprint.
  3. Forty-five percent of U.S. dogs sleep in their owner’s bed.
  4. Speaking of sleeping … all dogs dream, but puppies and senior dogs dream more frequently than adult dogs.
  5. Seventy percent of people sign their dog’s name on their holiday cards.
  6. 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.
  7. Rin Tin Tin, the famous German Shepherd, was nominated for an Academy Award.
  8. The shape of a dog’s face suggests its longevity: A long face means a longer life.
  9. Dog eyes have a part called the tapetum lucidum, allowing night vision.
  10. 1The name Collie means “black.” (Collies once tended black-faced sheep.)
  11. 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.
  12. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the only breed named for a fictional person—a character in the novel Guy Mannering, by Sir Walter Scott.
  13. 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.
  14. The Basenji is not technically “barkless,” as many people think. They can yodel.
  15. The Australian Shepherd is not actually from Australia—they are an American breed.
  16. Human blood pressure goes down when petting a dog. And so, does the dogs.
  17. There are over 75 million pet dogs in the U.S.—more than in any other country.
  18. A person who hunts with a Beagle is known as a “Beagler.”
  19. Dogs are not colorblind. They also see blue and yellow.
  20. All puppies are born deaf.
  21. Dalmatians are born completely white and develop their spots as they get older.
  22. Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. (We humans have between 2,000–10,000.)
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. And the Labrador Retriever is originally from

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