Dogs are loyal and loving creatures and are man’s best friends. We all know dozens of different things, like dogs wag their tails when excited, their paws shake when their belly is stroked, and they have a keen sense of smell. However, there is still a lot we don’t know about dogs. That’s why we’ve put together some surprising facts about dogs for you.
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1. The term “man’s best friend” was first used in the 18th century. It was used by Friedrich. American poet Odgen Nash used the phrase in his work in the 1900s and became a popular idiom.
Statistics show that over 60% of American households own a pet dog, proving just how popular they really are.
2. The Great Dane is the tallest dog in the world. st. Bernard is the heaviest, reaching 120 kg as an adult
Due to their large size and strength, St. Bernards have been used as mountain rescue dogs for years. The most successful St. The dog Bernard is Barry, who saved 40 lives during his lifetime of service.
3. A dog’s ear has at least 18 muscles, all of which work separately, allowing the dog to easily move their ears
4. German Shepherds are often employed in the police. This is due to their high level of intelligence, willingness to explore their surroundings, courage, agility, and loyalty.
5. When the Titanic sank in 1912, there were three survivors. All traveled in first class cabins with their owners.
6. The oldest dog in the world lived 29 years and 5 months
The smallest dog in the world was a Yorkshire Terrier which weighed only 113 grams.
7. A dog was the first creature to be sent into space. In 1957, an earth satellite sent a dog named Laika into space, but she died because the cabin overheated.
8. George Washington was one of many historical figures who had pet dogs. There were 36 foxhounds in total.
9. The fastest dog in the world is the greyhound. This is why greyhound racing is so popular.
While most dogs have an average speed of 30 km/h, greyhounds can reach up to 72 km/h when running. Additionally, dogs are used as sniffer dogs in various countries because they have a keen sense of smell. They can distinguish one smell or recognize several smells at the same time.
10. Dalmatians are famous for their unique spotted fur. However, when they are first born, they have no spots and are completely white.
11. It is very important for dogs to be in contact with people in the first months of their life.
Pets need regular contact with humans for the first three months in order to be friendly, safe, and to be pets.
12. Dogs have 1,700 taste buds, and that may seem like a lot at first. But compared to the 9,000 taste buds on the human tongue, that’s a very small number.
13. Dogs with long, pointed faces live longer than dogs with flatter faces, like pugs
Pugs can only run at a speed of 5-8 km, but that doesn’t stop them from being a popular breed among celebrities. Jessica Alba, Hugh Laurie and Queen Victoria once kept pugs
14. When dogs are first born, they are completely blind and can’t hear anything. The first sense they developed was the sense of touch.
15. It is believed that there are more than half a billion dogs in total in the world. It is estimated that only 30 million of them are domestic dogs.
The most popular dog breed in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom is the Labrador. These dogs are loyal, intelligent, and good with children, making them the perfect family pet.
16. People have unique fingerprints. Dog nose prints are unique.
17. It’s not uncommon for wealthy people to leave their money to their dogs when they die. In 1992, a German countess died and left her $106 million fortune to her pet Alsatian.
18. Dogs have a total of 42 teeth when they are adults.
19. When dogs sleep, they curl up to keep warm and protect themselves from predators. Even pet dogs will naturally do this because they want to protect their bellies and organs.
20. Contrary to popular belief, dogs are not color blind. They can see a variety of colors, but not as much as humans and other animals.
21. The Basenji is the only dog breed that never barks.
22. The poodle is one of the cleanest dog breeds. They don’t shed much and rarely smell.
23. Everyone loves a good dog movie. 2008’s ‘Marley and Me’ grossed nearly $143 million, making it the highest-grossing dog movie of all time
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24. The Cesky Terrier is the rarest dog breed in the world. There are a total of 350 dogs of this breed in the world.
25. Dogs have a total of 13 different blood types and can also donate blood to other dogs.