Interesting Dog Facts


  1. Dogs were first domesticated from wolves over about 10,000 years ago.
  2. The Basenji is a African dog breed that doesn’t bark it yodels.
  3. An adult dog has 42 teeth which is 10 more than that of humans.
  4. Dogs can register high-pitched of about 35,000 Hz.
  5. Your average dog’s nose is tens of thousands of times as sensitive to odors as yours.
  6. More than 5 million puppies are born in the United States yearly.
  7. Japanese Chins and Pekingese were so revered in the ancient Far East that they were given servants to wait on them and were always carried. They were also even honored in temples.
  8. Ancient Egyptians revered their dogs as much as their cats. When a pet dog would pass away, the owners shaved off the eyebrows, put mud in their fur, and performed a ritual for days to honor them.
  9. Boxers were named for how they appear to be boxing, by moving their front paws when playing.
  10. There are more than 150 dog breeds, divided into 8 classes: sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting, herding, and miscellaneous.
  11. About 1/3 of the dogs that are surrendered to animal shelters are purebred dogs.
  12. Dogs may not have as many taste buds as we do (they have about 1,700 on their tongues, while we humans have about 9,000), but that doesn’t mean they’re not discriminating eaters. They have over 200 million scent receptors in their noses (we have only 5 million) so it’s important that their food smells good and tastes good.
  13. Did you know that Toto’s role is wizard of OZ is played by a female dog, and so the Taco Bell Chihuahua?
  14. If a dog isn’t spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate and their offspring can product 67,000 dogs in 6 years.
  15. Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws.
  16. Dogs have three eyelids. The third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” keeps the eye lubricated and protected
  17. The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kublai Khan.
  18. French poodles did not originate in France but in Germany (“poodle” comes from the German pudel or pudelhund, meaning “splashing dog”).
  19. Dalmatians are completely white at birth.
  20. The most popular dog breed in Canada, U.S., and Great Britain is the Labrador retriever.
  21. Dogs with big, square heads and large ears (like the Saint Bernard) are the best at hearing subsonic sounds.
  22. Dogs have a wet nose to collect more of the tiny droplets of smelling chemicals in the air.
  23. Thirty percent of all Dalmatians are deaf in one or both ears.
  24. Because bulldogs have extremely short muzzles, many spend their lives fighting suffocation.
  25. Because Chihuahuas have such small skulls, the flow of spinal fluid can be restricted, causing hydrocephalus, a swelling of the brain.
  26. A group of pugs is called a “grumble.”
  27. One kind of Pekingese is referred to as a “sleeve” because it was bred to fit into a Chinese empress’ sleeves, which was how it was often carried around.
  28. Dogs are about as smart as a two- or three-year-old child. This means they can understand about 150-200 words, including signals and hand movements with the same meaning as words.
  29. The Beagle and Collie are the nosiest dogs, while the Akbash Dog and the Basenji are the quietest.
  30. The fastest dog breed is the greyhound.
  31. In general, smaller breeds live longer than larger breeds.
  32. More than half of all U.S. presidents have owned dogs.
  33. 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.
  34. Chow Chows are born with pink tongues, which turn blue-black at 8 to 10 weeks.
  35. Dogs who have been spayed or neutered live longer than intact dogs.
  36. The Norwegian Lundehund is the only dog with six toes on each foot.
  37. A dog’s average body temperature is 101.2 degrees.
  38. Paul McCartney of the Beatles recorded a high pitched whistle at the end of “A Day in the Life” for his dog.
  39. The Border Collie, Poodle and Golden Retriever are considered the world’s smartest dog breeds.
  40. The Chihuahua was named for the state in northwestern Mexico where they were discovered.
  41. A dog’s nose print is as unique as a human’s finger print and can be used to accurately identify them.
  42. More than 1 in 3 families in the United States owns a dog.
  43. Seventy percent of people sign their pets name on greeting/holiday cards.
  44. Dogs have twice as many ear muscles as people.
  45. The reason dogs curl up is because of an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and to protect vital organs while they sleep.
  46. Dogs belong to Animalia Kingdom, Mammalia Class, Canidae family.
  47. Dogs eyes contain Tapetum Lucidum which is a special membrane, it helps dogs to see in the dark.
  48.  Dogs can detect lung cancer, low blood sugar,.
  49. A dog shaped building is present in NewZealand.



-Eyewitness Books DOGS

-Nation Geographic Kids: EVERYTHING DOGS

-DK Pockets: DOGS

– PBS Site


2 thoughts on “Interesting Dog Facts

  1. This was truly interesting!! I’m still reading it over to research and learn more about the sleeve and the why it is true that intact dogs die earlier.
    I bet even Dad doesn’t know about the reason for the whistle of his favorite Beatles song. 🤔😜


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