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100 Facts about dogs

  • Puppies love games such as hide and seek! Hide, then call your pup's name so she can try to find you.
  • Dogs can learn more than 1000 words.
  • Big happy "helicopter" tail wagging is one sign of a really nice dog
  • Upright, stiff, rapid tail movement is not wagging or "friendly" but indicates a dog who's rather excited and focused.
  • Puppies grow to half their body weight in the first four to five months!
  • Puppies then take a year or more to gain the other half of their body weight.
  • Puppies can sleep 18 to 20 hours a day during that rapid body growth phase.
  • Dogs sometimes appear to smile-- much like humans -- with open mouth grinning. This may indicate a relaxed, submissive state.
  • Tired puppies get cranky just like little kids. If you have a fussy puppy, try nap time.
  • The fastest breed, the Greyhound, can run up to 44 miles per hour.
  • Perky-eared dogs hear sounds better than floppy-eared dogs.
  • There are about 400 million dogs in the world.
  • The Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed, according to the American Kennel Club.
  • There are hundreds of breeds of dogs.
  • The average dog lives 10 to 14 years.
  • In general, smaller breeds live longer than larger breeds.
  • The world's oldest breed, the Saluki, originated in Egypt around 329 B.C.
  • According to a study shared by Cornell University, dogs were domesticated between 9,000 and 34,000 years ago.
  • Thomas Jefferson helped enact a do   taxin Virginia, because he was annoyed that dogs were killing his sheep. More than half of all U.S. pr esidents have owned dogs.
  • President Calvin Coolidge owned at least a dozen dogs.
  • Just like human fingerprints, no two dogs' nose prints are alike.
  • Stroking dogs and gazing into their eyes releases the "feel good" hormone oxytocin for both people and dogs.
  • Dogs are omnivores-- they eat meat, grains and vegetables.
  • The heaviest breed, the Mastiff, weighs about 200 pounds.
  • At about 6 inches, the Chihuahua is the shortest breed.
  • Irish Wolfhounds, the tallest breed, are 30 to 35 inches tall.
  • A Russian dog named Laika was the first animal in space, traveling around Earth in 1957.
  • Dogs who bark the most: Miniature Schnauzers, Cairn Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Fox Terriers and West Highland White Terriers.
  • Puppies have 28 teeth and adult dogs have 42.
  • The best age to bring a puppy home is 8 to 12 weeks.
  • Dogs can see best at dawn and dusk.
  • Dogs aren't colorblind but their eyes don't have receptors for red. They see in shades of black and white and also in shades of blue and yellow.
  • New puppies have heat sensors in their noses to help find their moms while their eyes and ears are closed.
  • A dog's sense of smell is reduced by up to 40 percent when he's overheated and panting.
  • Highly trainable dog breeds like Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and Collies are more kid-friendly than some other breeds.
  • Bichons, Portuguese Water Dogs, Kerry Blue Terriers, Maltese and Poodles are all good choices if you have allergies since they shed less than other breeds.
  • More than one in  three S. families owns a dog.
  • The average number of puppies in a litter is four to six.
  • There are nearly 14,000 animal  shelters and rescue groups across North America.
  • Service dogs are recognized in the U.S. as "necessary medical equipment."
  • Therapy dogs , who bring healing to individuals and families by visiting hospitals,schools or retirement homes, differ from service dogs, who assist individuals who have disabilities.
  • The Newfoundland has a water-resistant coat and webbed feet.
  • As Disney's Cruella De Vil was aware, Dalmatian puppiesare born pure white and develop spots as they grow older.
  • Dogs sweatthrough the pads of their feet.
  • Dogs have three eyelids, including one to keep their eyes moist and protected.
  • Chow Chowsare born with pink tongues, which turn blue-black at 8 to 10 weeks.
  • Dogs are pack animals-- they don't enjoy being alone.
  • In ancient China, people kept warm by putting dogs up their sleeves.
  • Dogs who have been spayed or neuteredlive longer than intact dogs.
  • A bloodhound named Tiggerholds the record for the longest ears, each measuring more than 13 inches.
  • Bingois the name of the dog on the box of Cracker Jacks.
  • In 1969, Lassiewas the first animal inducted into the Animal Hall of Fame.
  • The Alaskan Malamutecan withstand temperatures as low as 70 degrees below zero.
  • Petting a dogcan lower your blood pressure.
  • Stray dogs in Moscowhave learned to ride the subway to find food.
  • Over half of dog owners include their dogs in annual holiday photos.
  • Although it was once illegal to keep dogs as petsin Iceland's capital city, the laws have been relaxed.
  • President Lyndon Johnson's beagles were named Him and Her.
  • One unspayed female dog, her mate and their puppies can produce 67,000 puppies in six years.
  • The Basenjiis the only barkless dog.
  • Dogs are direct descendants of wolves.
  • Puppies are blind, deaf and toothlesswhen born.
  • Dogs curl upto keep themselves warm and protect vital organs.
  • A dog's sense of smell is 10,000 times strongerthan a human's.
  • The Norwegian Lundehundis the only dog with six toes on each foot.
  • Dogs can get jealous when their humans display affection toward someone or something else.
  • Dogs can be trained to detect cancerand other diseases in humans.
  • A dog's whiskersare used as sensing devices.
  • Three of the 12 dogs on the Titanic
  • Your pup reaches his full sizebetween 12 and 24 months.
  • The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world.
  • Rin Tin Tinwas the first Hollywood dog star.
  • A dog's average body temperatureis 101.2 degrees.
  • Many foot disorders in dogs are caused by long toenails.
  • The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts both offer merit badges in dog care.
  • The Berger Picard, Miniature American Shepherd and Lagotto Romagnolo are the newest dog breedsrecognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015.
  • Paul McCartney of the Beatles recorded a high pitched whistleat the end of "A Day in the Life" for his dog.
  • Max, Jake, Maggie and Mollyare the most popular dog names.
  • Spiked dog collarswere used to protect dogs' throats from wolf attacks in ancient Greece.
  • Walt Disney's family dog -- named Sunnee-- was the inspiration behind "Lady and the Tramp."
  • Teams of dogs compete for the fastest time without errors in Flyball
  • A German Shepherd named Orient accompanied her blind owner Bill Irwin as he became the first blind person to through-hike the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail in 1990.
  • Chihuahuas are born with soft spots in their skulls, just like human babies.
  • Mastiffs wore armor and were sent after mounted knights in Roman times.
  • National Geographic's Dr. Brady Barr measured a dog's average bite force at 320 pounds of pressure per square inch.
  • Dogs are mentioned in the Biblemore than 35 times.
  • Obesity is the top health problem among dogs.
  • Dachshundswere originally bred to fight badgers.
  • President Theodore Roosevelt's Bull Terrier Peteripped the pants off French Ambassador Jules Jusserand.
  • The Border Collie, Poodle and Golden Retriever are considered the world's smartest dog breeds.
  • Smaller breeds of dogsmature faster than larger breeds.
  • Dogs have twice as many muscles to move their earsas humans, if you're looking for unusual facts about dogs!
  • Female dogs carry puppies for about nine weeks before birth.
  • Dogs are naturally submissiveto any creature with a higher pack status.
  • The Chihuahua was named for the state in northwestern Mexicowhere they were discovered.
  • Dogs can be taught to count and solve simple math problems.
  • With love and a little patience, dogs can learn to walk backwards, salute and bow.
  • Pit bulls have been given a bad rap. BADRAPwas started in the San Francisco Bay area on behalf of "pit bulls and their people" and was ranked nationally as a No. 1 high-impact nonprofit for animal welfare.
  • Revolutionary War soldiers sometimes brought their dogs with them into battle. Such was the case with George Washington and his dog, Sweetlips.
  • The American Water Spaniel was the first hunting breed developed to retrieve from boats.
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