56 Interesting And Amazing Facts About Dogs

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56 Interesting And Amazing Facts About Dogs

56 Interesting And Amazing Facts About Dogs

Which dog is your favorite?  What breed is your favorite? 

Dogs also known as "Canis Familiaris" are a subgroup of "Canids" a group that includes wild dogs foxes and wolves. In human landscapes dogs are the most widely abundant terrestrial land-based carnivore both in terms of their number and they're spread across the globe. Dog remains buried with humans have been dated back to 14,700 years old. Dogs have always been put to work by humans, in mythology dogs are often depicted in Guardian positions. The global population of dogs is estimated to be between 700 and 900 million and increasing. In 2012 the total was estimated at only 525 million. Let's look into 56 amazing facts about the dogs.


1. Dogs were the first species to be domesticated by humans.

2. The most popular dog on Instagram is Jiffpom with over 9 million followers.

3. Cloning dogs can cost over $100,000.

4. The United States alone has around 80 million dogs as pets spread across 42 million homes. The UK on the other hand has about nine million.

5. Americans collectively spend around 70 million dollars on their pet dogs each year by far the biggest portion of that is spent on food.

6. Throughout the world about 80 percent of dogs are free-range meaning they are not confined to a particular area.

7. Unsurprisingly given its abundance the domesticated dog also demonstrates a broader variation in size behavior and appearance than any other domesticated species.

8. An adult female dog is called a bitch, but do you know a mother dog and mother dogs called a damn.

9. In contrast the father of a litter is called a sire or sometimes even a stud typical dudes taking the good titles for themselves and that's coming from a stone-cold stud.

10. Immature dog those who are not capable of reproduction yet are called pups or less formally puppies alternatively if you were born after 2000 you can call them baby tacos.

11. The average number of puppies in a litter is between 6 and 10 but this number varies greatly between breeds smaller dogs can have as few as one pup while larger dogs can have over 12.

12. Puppies are born with their eyes and ear canal closed making them functionally blind and deaf. It can take two weeks for their eyes and ears to open. In the mean time the puppies have entirely reliant on their mother who instinctively pulls them in for feeding.

13. Dogs have between 319 and 321 bones in their bodies depending on their tails.

14. Adult dogs have a total of 42 permanent teeth, a number constant to all members of the Canid family.

15. The upper body muscles of a dog have to support around half the entire dog's weight but overall its weight distribution is even across the front and back halves of the body.

16. Dogs don't have sweat glands will over their bodies instead they only have them in areas without hair their paws and noses that's why dogs sometimes rub their paws on the ground they're leaving their scent behind.

17. Dogs have at least 18 muscles in their ears which they used to swivel, tilt, turn and raise each ear independently of each other.

18. A dog can process sounds of up to nearly 70,000 Hertz.

19. Dogs have a special membrane in their eyes called Tapetum Lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark they're also held by having large pupils to allow more light to reach their retinas.

20. In both humans and dogs, eye contact releases the hormone oxytoxin. Oxytoxin is otherwise known as the love hormone so looking in the eye increases the bond between human and hound.

21. Dogs are not colorblind they simply don't see as many colors as us because their eyes have fewer color detecting cones than the human eyes. In addition to black and white, dogs can also see the colors blue and yellow but they do struggle to pick up greens and reds.

22. The removal of a dog's tail is known as docking. In the past hunting and working dogs have had their tails docked to help avoid injury, but today it can still happen for cosmetic purposes. Docking is banned across much of Europe and Australia, but remains unrestricted in North America.

23. Dogs use their tails as a tool of communicating their emotional state to other dogs and to humans too, a wagging tail means a happy dog, and a droopy tail means a sad dog.

24. It's difficult to know exactly how many dog breeds there are mostly because there's no internationally accepted criteria for what constitutes a distinct breed. There is a practically infinite number of combinations of dogs that could be bred together.

25. The Chihuahuas is the smallest dog breed in the world, on average weighing only two to three kilograms.

26. According to the Guinness Book of World Records the smallest living dog was only 9.65 centimeters tall, it was a chihuahua from Puerto Rico called Milly.

27. The oldest dog ever verified was an Australian Cattle Dog called Bluey from Australia. Bluey lived for 29 years and 160 days between 1910 and 1939.

28. Some dogs could swim better than others, many breeds of dogs have naturally webbed feet in order to help them swim. These breeds include the Newfoundland, Portuguese water dog, and the Weimaraner.

29. Dogs have the same main senses as humans i.e., taste, touch, vision, hearing, and smell. However, dogs normally have much more acute senses of hearing and smell than humans, but this varies greatly by breed their strongest is their sense of smell.

30. Dogs are also somehow sensitive to Earth's magnetic field, one study even found makino receptive molecules in the eyes of dogs, suggesting that dogs may be able to see the planet's magnetic field.

31. Greyhounds have the fastest breed of dog able to run at 45 miles per hour.

32. Dalmatians are born with purely white coats, their spots begin to appear after three to four weeks.

33. The Basenji a small-sized dog which originated in Central Africa is known as the only dog that is unable to bark, hence the nickname the barkless dog. This trait is caused by their unusually shaped larynx but while they may not be able to bark they can howl.

34. Just like humans Chihuahuas are born with a hole in their skulls to make birth easier, the skull fuses fully afterbirth.

35. The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed in the US. According to the American Kennel Club they've held the top spot since the 1880s.

36. The Labrador Retriever also used to be the most popular dog in the UK until it was overtaken in 2018 by the adorable French Bulldog.

37. Dogs can suffer from separation anxiety when an owner is away. Symptoms can include barking when alone or pacing up and down in lines or circles. Dogs will even seek out items that smell of an owner to comfort them.

38. Over four and a half million Americans are bitten by dogs each year mostly by those that are owned by friends or family or that they own.

39. When their owner die dogs can end up without a home. Around three to five million dogs are placed in shelters each year in the USA.

40. Crossbred dogs had a slightly longer life expectancy on average than purebred dogs. Because inbred dogs have a higher chance of genetic disorders, cross breeds live an average of 1 or 2 years longer.

41. There are a number of household plants that are poisonous to dogs for instance these include Lilies, Ivy, Jade, Begonias, Poinsettias, Aloe Vera and Cyclamen.

42. A number of household foods are also poisonous to dogs including garlic, onion, grapes, raisins, rhubarb, spinach and mushrooms.

43. Dogs have become worse at problem-solving since joining humans. As experiments have shown that wolves are better at non social problem solving. In experiments where a dog is given an unsolved problem they look to a human for help whereas wolves do not.

44. Dogs are better at communicating with humans than any other animal is, including their closest canine relatives and the great Apes. This is seen because dogs respond better to communication such as human gestures.

45. A Great Pyrenees was elected mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota for four years in a row but duke the dog wasn't really in a position of power. The town elected the dog as part of a fundraising campaign for the town's annual festival, with people giving donations to cast a ballot.

46. In 2013 a service dog named Kirsch was awarded a master's degree in counseling alongside his owner Carlos Mora. Because he attended all of his visually impaired owners classes. The university did not tell Carlos for that matter beforehand, so it came as a nice surprise in a degree ceremony.

47. Paris Hilton built a two-story dog mansion for her many pets. The mansion is modeled on her mansion complete with tiny furniture for the dogs.

48. In 1957 a mongrel called Laika became the first animal to be launched into space. She was launched aboard Soviet Sputnik 2 as part of experiments to see how living organisms coped with space travel.

49. In 1960 the Soviet Union put two more dogs in space, which became the first dogs to survive an orbital flight. They were called Belka and Strelka.

50. During the Second World War citizens of the UK and US were encouraged to donate their dogs for war duty.

51. In the Second World War the most decorated American army dog was a German Shepherd collie-Siberian Husky called Chips. He was awarded four medals including the Purple Heart, but his efforts were not recognized for long, because his medals were later rescinded when an army policy prevented official commendation of animals.

52. During the Second World War the Soviet Army used anti-tank dogs, that being dogs with explosives strapped to them to destroy German tanks. Initially they were trying to drop the explosives and run but this proved ineffective, so Soviet switched tactics to impact detonation, killing the dog in the process.

53. Roughly five thousand US military dogs served in the Vietnam War and very few of them returned.

54. Donald Trump was the first president in 130 years to not have a pet dog the last president to not have a dog was William McKinley and he was assassinated in 1901.

55. 12 dogs were aboard the Titanic when it sank and only three survived a Pekingese and two Pomeranians, they were all from first class cabins.

56. In Moscow in the present day stray dogs have learned to ride the subway for certain spots to find the food.

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