Below are some fun facts about dogs that you may not already know, or you may know but they are just as interesting anyway.
- 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
- A famous Beagle you might have heard about is Snoopy the dog.
He was a character from the Peanuts comic strip. Everyone loved
the adorable Beagle named Snoopy that was in the newspaper since 1950.
- Dachshunds were bred to fight badgers in their dens.
- Chicken or steak bones leftover from dinner can choke your dog
or break and cause damage to the inside of her body. Visit your
favourite pet store to find special bones that are safe for your dog to chew.
- Some dogs have coats with two layers: the beautiful hair you can see,
and a hidden, second coat called an undercoat. This undercoat helps
a dog stay warm and dry in cold weather and it protects his skin from the hot sun, too.
- A puppy is born without teeth. When the pup is three to four weeks old, 28 teeth will break through the gums so the puppy will be able to eat solid food.
- Dalmatian puppies are pure white when they are born and develop
their spots as they mature and grow older.
- There are two famous Parson (Jack) Russell Terriers on TV.
Eddie is famous for his antics on Frazier, and Wishbone has his own TV show on PBS!
- A Golden Retriever’s coat has two layers: the beautiful golden hair
you can see, and a hidden, second coat called an undercoat. This undercoat
helps a Golden stay warm and dry while he’s swimming or in cold weather.
- At a Do-It-Yourself Dog Wash, you pay to use the tub, towels, soap,
and dryer. The tubs are up high so you don’t have to bend over and you don’t have to clean up the mess. Your dog will enjoy seeing dogs in the other tubs getting their rub-a-dub-dub!
- A dog’s temperature is between 100.2-102.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The American Kennel Club recognises 157 different kinds of purebred dogs.
- Irish Wolfhounds are the tallest dogs among all breeds.
- German Shepherd Dogs love to herd. Although this dog’s name
sounds like ‘SHEPARD’, the correct spelling is ‘SHEPHERD’.
Notice the word ‘herd’ in his name.
- Dogs were the first animals domesticated by people.
- At 4-8 weeks of age, a puppy’s mouth will get 28 baby teeth.
At 4-7 months of age, the baby teeth fall out and are replaced
with 42 permanent adult teeth.
- There is no purebred dog called a Golden Lab. Your dog is either
a Golden Retriever or a Labrador Retriever.
- The following indicate possible health problems and should be checked by a vet: vomiting, diarrhoea, lack of appetite, excessive sneezing, coughing, or abnormal discharge from eyes.
- In the middle ages, Rottweilers were used to hunt boar,
which are wild pigs with tusks.
- The American Kennel Club says that Cocker Spaniels are the smallest member of the sporting dog family.
- Dogs have been wearing collars ever since Egyptian times!
We have seen dogs with collars in art that dates back to ancient times.
- Dogs were first domesticated about 12,000 years ago.
- The phrase “Dog Days of Summer” comes from an ancient Roman belief. It was believed that the Dog star, Sirius, gave off a lot of heat and caused higher temperatures during the months of June, July, and August.
- To keep themselves warm in the winter, dogs sometimes curl up
with their tail covering their nose.
- In many cities, there are close to 50,000 pets each year that have
no homes and no one to take care of them.
- Lassie was the first animal named to the Animal Hall of Fame in 1969.
- Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed among AKC registered dogs.
- Television’s original Lassie was a male dog.
- Did you know that dogs have three eyelids? They have an upper
and lower eyelid and a third one inside of the other two. It helps
protect the eye from dirt and dust. It is also called a “haw”.
So there you have it! how many of those facts about dogs did you already know? The fact is, it doesn’t matter, you know now 🙂