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Blind dogs see with their hearts. We have all heard it, but what does it mean? I look at my newest foster - a frightened and completely blind senior Yorkshire Terrier mix from one of the busiest shelters in the country. As I gently wash away the physical and emotional scars from his body and mind, a process which may never completely end, I have no doubt that he sees me just as clearly, maybe more so, than any sighted dog. He may not see my face, but he can read my heart. What are some of the myths about blind dogs, and what's the real story? Blind pets really are just like their sighted counterparts!
MYTH: Blind dogs are unadoptable. A blind dog is a dog first! He can be too big or too small, too rough or too laid back, too independent or too affectionate, but he's a dog first and blind second. His blindness does not make him unadoptable. Blind dogs are highly adoptable and are just as sweet, friendly, loving, and gentle, as sighted dogs.
MYTH: Blind dogs are high-maintenance. Blind dogs do not require extraordinary amounts of care, nor are they difficult to take care of, unless there is a medical or behavioral issue that is separate from their blindness. They likely require no more attention to detail than a sighted dog.
MYTH: Blind dogs are helpless and training a blind dog is more difficult. Blind dogs are completely trainable. People forget that vision is not the primary sense in dogs. It may be for people, but not for dogs! The fact is dogs don't need sighted eyes to live a normal, healthy and fun life. Blind dogs can even participate in agility training!
MYTH: You can't move the furniture. They are always bumping into things and items get broken all the time. Blind dogs map out their areas fairly quickly, sometimes in only one day. They can go up and down stairs, run through the yard, and even jump on the furniture to find the best place to nap! Of course, stairs and other areas where they may injure themselves should be gated.
MYTH: Blind dogs are boring and just sit around because they can't see to run and play. They will not play with toys because they can't see them. Blind dogs run and play just as much as sighted dogs. There are also scented toys or toys that jingle, so they can enjoy a wonderful game of "fetch", too! We have had blind dogs steal toys from sighted dogs, and even invent games, throwing a toy across the room and sniffing it out!
MYTH: Blind dogs are depressed and don't do anything. Blind dogs enjoy walks and going outside and going on car rides! Just like sighted dogs, they love being around people and other dogs. And just like any other dog, they will become your best friend! Blind dogs also benefit a lot from living with other dogs that can see. They use their partner as a guide to find their way around and strong bonds develop between them.
MYTH: Blind dogs are always scared. Some dogs may be more cautious as they lose their sight - others may not. It depends on the personality of the dog. Blind dogs are not always fearful; they simply make adjustments to better cope with their new sensory input.
MYTH: Blind pets are no longer guardians of the home. They still know when the mailman or anyone else is at the door and can let you know it. In fact, I have sighted and blind dogs in my house and my blind dog is the only one who alerts me to strangers nearby.
MYTH: Blind dogs cost more and/or blind dogs are not healthy. Some blind dogs may cost more because they might need eye removal surgery or eye drops, but many dogs, blind or otherwise, have something for which they will eventually need medication or surgery. Blind dogs, like sighted dogs, run the range of health issues.
MYTH: Blind and blind-deaf dogs can't enjoy life so it's humane to put them down. If they can smell, taste, hear your voice talking and feel you petting them, they are enjoying life. They enjoy the same things sighted dogs do: walks, belly rubs, meal time, play time and more!
103. All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbear of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.
104. Ancient Egyptians revered their dogs. When a pet dog would die, the owners shaved off their eyebrows, smeared mud in their hair, and mourned aloud for days.
105. Small quantities of grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, cooked onions, or anything with caffeine can also be harmful.
106. Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which may be deadly to dogs.
107. Rock star Ozzy Osborne saved his wife Sharon's Pomeranian from a coyote by tackling and wresting the coyote until it released the dog.
108. Dogs have sweat glands in between their their paws
109. In 2003, Dr. Roger Mugford invented the "wagometer," a device that claims to interpret a dog's exact mood by measuring the wag of its tail.
110. Dogs have three eyelids. The third lid, called a nictitating membrane or "haw," keeps the eye lubricated and protected.
111. A dog's shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running.
112. Puppies are sometimes rejected by their mother if they are born by cesarean and cleaned up before being given back to her.
113. The phrase "raining cats and dogs" originated in 17th century England. During heavy rainstorms, many homeless animals would drown and float down the streets, giving the appearance that it had actually rained cats and dogs.
114. During the Middle Ages, Great Dane's and Mastiffs were sometimes suited with armor and spiked collars to enter a battle or to defend supply caravans.
115. Pekingese and Japanese Chins were so important in the ancient Far East that they had their own servants and were carried around trade routes as gifts for kings and emperors. Pekingese were even worshipped in the temples of China for centuries.
116. The shape of a dog's face suggests how long it will live. Dogs with sharp, pointed faces that look more like wolves typically live longer. Dogs with very flat faces, such as bulldogs, often have shorter lives.
117.After the fall of Rome, human survival often became more important than breeding and training dogs. Legends of werewolves emerged during this time as abandoned dogs traveling in packs commonly roamed streets and terrified villagers.
118. During the Middle Ages, mixed breeds of peasants' dogs were required to wear blocks around their necks to keep them from breeding with noble hunting dogs. Purebred dogs were very expensive and hunting became the province of the rich.
119. The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kubla Khan.
120. The American Kennel Club, the most influential dog club in the United States, was founded in 1884.
121. The most popular male dog names are Max and Jake. The most popular female dog names are Maggie and Molly.
122. Scholars have argued over the metaphysical interpretation of Dorothy's pooch, Toto, in the Wizard of Oz. One theory postulates that Toto represents Anubis, the dog-headed Egyptian god of death, because Toto consistently keeps Dorothy from safely returning home.
123. Weird dog laws include allowing police offers in Palding, Ohio, to bite a dog to quiet it. In Ventura County, California, cats and dogs are not allowed to have sex without a permit.
124. The first dog chapel was established in 2001. It was built in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, by Stephan Huneck, a children's book author whose five dogs helped him recuperate from a serious illness.
125. Those born under the sign of the dog in Chinese astrology are considered to be loyal and discreet, though slightly temperamental.
126. In Iran, it is against the law to own a dog as a pet. However, if an owner can prove the dog is a guard or hunting dog, this restriction doesn't apply. Muslim reticence concerning dogs is perhaps due to the fact that rabies has always been endemic in the Middle East.
127. The Mayans and Aztecs symbolized every tenth day with the dog, and those born under this sign were believed to have outstanding leadership skills.
128. The ancient Mbaya Indians of the Gran Chaco in South America believed that humans originally lived underground until dogs dug them up.
129. Plato once said that "a dog has the soul of a philosopher."
130. French poodles did not originate in France but in Germany ("poodle" comes from the German pudel or pudelhund, meaning "splashing dog"). Some scholars speculate the poodle's puffs of hair evolved when hunters shaved the poodle for more efficient swimming, while leaving the pom-poms around the major joints to keep them warm.
131. The name of the dog on the Cracker Jacks box is Bingo. The Taco Bell Chihuahua is a rescued dog named Gidget.d
132. The first dogs were self-domesticated wolves which, at least 12,000 years ago, became attracted to the first sites of permanent human habitation.
133. Dachshunds were bred to fight badgers in their dens.
134. Laika, a Russian stray, was the first living mammal to orbit the Earth, in the Soviet Sputnik spacecraft in 1957. Though she died in space, her daughter Pushnika had four puppies with President John F. Kennedy's terrier, Charlie.
135. Dalmatians are completely white at birth.
136. The term "dog days of summer" was coined by the ancient Greeks and Romans to describe the hottest days of summer that coincided with the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius.
137. Alexander the Great is said to have founded and named a city Peritas, in memory of his dog.
138. In ancient Greece, kennels of dogs were kept at the sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus. Dogs were frequently sacrificed there because they were plentiful, inexpensive, and easy to control. During the July 25 celebration of the kunophontis ("the massacre of dogs"), dog sacrifices were performed to appease the ancestors of Apollo's son, Linos, who was devoured by dogs..
139. Dog trainers in ancient China were held in high esteem. A great deal of dog domestication also took place in China, especially dwarfing and miniaturization.
140. The ancient religion Zoroastrianism includes in its religious text titled the Zend Avesta a section devoted to the care and breeding of dogs.
141. The earliest European images of dogs are found in cave paintings dating back 12,000 years ago in Spain.
142. The dog was frequently depicted in Greek art, including Cerberus, the three-headed hound guarding the entrance to the underworld, and the hunting dogs which accompanied the virgin goddess of the chase, Diana.
143. During the Renaissance, detailed portraits of the dog as a symbol of fidelity and loyalty appeared in mythological, allegorical, and religious art throughout Europe, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Diego Velázquez, Jan van Eyck, and Albrecht Durer.
144. A puppy is born blind, deaf, and toothless.
145. The Basenji is the world's only barkless dog.
146. A dog most likely interprets a smiling person as baring their teeth, which is an act of aggression.
147. The origin of amputating a dog's tail may go back to the Roman writer Lucius Columella's (A.D. 4-70) assertion that tail docking prevented rabies.
148. One of Shakespeare's most mischievous characters is Crab, the dog belonging to Launce in the Two Gentlemen of Verona. The word “watchdog” is first found in The Tempest.
149. President Franklin Roosevelt created a minor international incident when he claimed he sent a destroyer to the Aleutian Islands just to pick up his Scottish Terrier, Fala, who had been left behind.
150. Within hours of the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, specially trained dogs were on the scene, including German Shepherds, Labs, and even a few little Dachshunds.
151. It costs approximately $10,000 to train a federally certified search and rescue dog.
152. The smallest dog on record was a matchbox-size Yorkshire Terrier. It was 2.5 tall at the shoulder, 3.5 from nose tip to tail, and weighed only 4 ounces.
153. Hollywood's first and arguably best canine superstar was Rin Tin Tin, a five day old German Shepherd found wounded in battle in WWI France and adopted by an American soldier, Lee Duncan. He would sign his own contracts with his paw print.
154. At the end of WWI, the German government trained the first guide dogs for war-blinded soldiers.
155. A dog can locate the source of a sound in 1/600 of a second and can hear sounds four times farther away than a human can.
156. Touch is the first sense the dog develops. The entire body, including the paws, is covered with touch-sensitive nerve endings.
157. Eighteen muscles or more can move a dog's ear.
158. The names of 77 ancient Egyptian dogs have been recorded. The names refer to color and character, such as Blackie, Ebony, Good Herdsman, Reliable, and Brave One.
159. In Egypt, a person bitten by a rabid dog was encouraged to eat the roasted liver of a dog infected with rabies to avoid contracting the disease. The tooth of a dog infected with rabies would also be put in a band tied to the arm of the person bitten. The menstrual blood of a female dog was used for hair removal, while dog genitals were used for preventing the whitening of hair.
160. In early Christian tradition, Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, is sometimes depicted with a dog’s head.
161. The oldest known dog bones were found in Asia and date as far back as 10,000 B.C. The first identifiable dog breed appeared about 9000 B.C. and was probably a type of Greyhound dog used for hunting.
162. There are an estimated 400 million dogs in the world.
163. The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world. France has the second highest.
164. Dog nose prints are as unique as human finger prints and can be used to identify them.
165. Bloodhound dogs have a keen sense of smell and have been used since the Middle Ages to track criminals.
166. It is much easier for dogs to learn spoken commands if they are given in conjunction with hand signals or gestures.
167. Dogs in a pack are more likely to chase and hunt than a single dog on its own. Two dogs are enough to form a pack.
168. Dogs can see in color, though they most likely see colors similar to a color-blind human. They can see better when the light is low.
169. Petting dogs is proven to lower blood pressure of dog owners.
170. Dogs have lived with humans for over 14,000 years. Cats have lived with people for only 7,000 years.
171. Zorba, an English mastiff, is the biggest dog ever recorded. He weighed 343 pounds and measured 8' 3" from his nose to his tail.
172. The average dog can run about 19 mph. Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on Earth and can run at speeds of 45 mph.
173. One female dog and her female children could produce 4,372 puppies in seven years.
174. The most popular dog breed in Canada, U.S., and Great Britain is the Labrador retriever.
175. Greyhounds appear to be the most ancient dog breed. "Greyhound" comes from a mistake in translating the early German name Greishund, which means "old (or ancient) dog," not from the color gray.
176. The oldest dog on record was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who lived 29 years and 5 months. In human years, that is more than 160 years old.
177. Most experts believe humans domesticated dogs before donkeys, horses, sheep, goats, cattle, cats, or chickens.
178. A person standing still 300 yards away is almost invisible to a dog. But a dog can easily identify its owner standing a mile away if the owner is waving his arms.
179. Dogs with big, square heads and large ears (like the Saint Bernard) are the best at hearing subsonic sounds.
180. Dogs can smell about 1,000 times better than humans. While humans have 5 million smell-detecting cells, dogs have more than 220 million. The part of the brain that interprets smell is also four times larger in dogs than in humans.
181. Studies show that some dogs can detect cancer by smelling a person's breath
182. Some dogs can smell dead bodies under water, where termites are hiding, and natural gas buried under 40 feet of dirt. They can even detect cancer that is too small to be detected by a doctor and can find lung cancer by sniffing a person's breath.
183. Dogs have a wet nose to collect more of the tiny droplets of smelling chemicals in the air.
184. Dogs like sweets a lot more than cats do. While cats have around only 473 taste buds, dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. Humans have approximately 9,000.
185. Different smells in the a dog's urine can tell other dogs whether the dog leaving the message is female or male, old or young, sick or healthy, happy or angry.
186. Male dogs will raise their legs while urinating to aim higher on a tree or lamppost because they want to leave a message that they are tall and intimidating. Some wild dogs in Africa try to run up tree trunks while they are urinating to appear to be very large.
187. In Croatia, scientists discovered that lampposts were falling down because a chemical in the urine of male dogs was rotting the metal.
188. 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.
189. Countess Karlotta Libenstein of Germany left approximately $106 million to her Alsatin, Gunther III, when she died in 1992.
190. A lost Dachshund was found swallowed whole in the stomach of a giant catfish in Berlin on July 2003.
191. The best dog to reportedly attract a date is the Golden Retriever. The worst is the Pit Bull.
192. The Akita is one of the most challenging dogs to own. Some insurance companies have even characterized it as the #1 "bad dog" and may even raise an Akita owner's homeowner insurance costs.
193. The Beagle and Collie are the nosiest dogs, while the Akbash Dog and the Basenji are the quietest.
194. One survey reports that 33% of dog owners admit they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on answering machines while they are away..
195. Thirty percent of all Dalmatians are deaf in one or both ears. Because bulldogs have extremely short muzzles, many spend their lives fighting suffocation. Because Chihuahuas have such small skulls, the flow of spinal fluid can be restricted, causing hydrocephalus, a swelling of the brain.
196. The grief suffered after a pet dog dies can be the same as that experienced after the death of a person.
197. There are almost 5 million dog bites per year, children are the main victims. Dog bites cause losses of over $1 billion a year.
198. A person should never kick a dog facing him or her. Some dogs can bite 10 times before a human can respond.
199. The most intelligent dogs are reportedly the Border Collie and the Poodle, while the least intelligent dogs are the Afghan Hound and the Basenji.
200. 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.
201. Dingos are not native to Australia, they were introduced by the first immigrants thousands of years ago.
202.Dogs are pack animals and live according to a strict hierarchical system. Even in a domestic situation, where there is more than one dog, one will be the 'top' dog.
203.Man has about 5 million smelling receptors, but that's not much when compared to to some dog breeds: A Dachshund has 125 million, whilst an Alsatian has 220 million.
204.The Poodle haircut, funny as it may seem, originally had a purpose. It was meant to improve the dog's swimming abilities as a retriever, and the pom-poms were left in place to warm their joints.
205.Male dogs will raise their legs while urinating to aim higher on a tree, hydrant, or pole because they want to leave the message that they are tall and intimidating. 206.Prairie dogs are not dogs, they're actually a kind of rodent
207.Canis Familiaris is the Latin name for dog.
208.Nearly all but two breeds of dogs have pink tongues. The two exceptions? The Chow Chow and the Shar-pei, both with black tongues.
209.Many dogs' eyes reflect the color green in the dark, but some also reflect orange or red.
210.Every minute, dogs take ten to thirty breaths.
211.Whippets can reach a maximum speed of 35 miles per hour.
212.In Flemish, Schipperke translates to "Little Captain."
213.The Lhasa Apso was used by monks to guard temples.
214.The Doberman breed was created in the 1860's by Louis Doberman, a German tax collector who created the dog to protect him while he worked.
215.Most people think that dogs sweat by salivating, but they actually sweat through the pads of their feet.
216.The name Pug is believed to have derived from this dog's resemblance to the pug monkey.
217.You might expect that a Great Dane can eat a lot of food. In fact, they can eat up to 8 pounds a day!
218.A dog's whiskers, found on the muzzle, above the eyes and below the jaws, are technically known as vibrissae. They are touch-sensitive hairs than actually sense minute changes in airflow.
219.Dogs are capable of locating the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second by using their swiveling ears like radar dishes.
220.Eighty percent of dog owners buy their dog a present for holidays and birthdays More than half of them sign letters and cards from themselves and their pets
221.The origin of amputating a dog's tail may go back to the Roman writer Lucius Columell's (A.D. 4-70) assertion that tail docking prevented rabies
222.Based on a new American survey, Max is the most popular dog name, followed by Maggie, Sam, Molly, and Zach.
223.Kublai Khan owned around 5,000 Mastiffs, making him the person who owned the most doggies ever.
224.Trained dogs are capable of alerting their owners of an impending seizure one hour in advance prior to the incident.
225.In Italy, a doggy disco is held every year where owners can dance with their dogs. Do you and your pup ever boogie?
226. Jack Russell Terriers were used in the blood sport of rat baiting. In rat baiting, as many as 100 rats were put into a ring, or a rat pit, and wagers were made on whose dog could kill the most rats within a minute.
227.The tip of a beagle's tail must be white or he is not considered a true beagle. The white tip or flag has been selectively bred into the dog to make the beagle visible when his nose is to the ground. His tail sticks straight up when he is actively following a scent.
228. A German Shepherd guide dog led her blind companion 2100 mi. on the Appalachian Trail.
229.Ever wondered why dogs turn around several times before they lie down? It's all down to genetic memory, and stems from the days when their wild ancestors would trample down grass and foliage to make a bed for the night.
230.The world's first dog show was held in Britain in 1859.
231.Smaller breeds mature faster then larger breeds.
232.A female dog's pregnancy last about 60 days.
233.There are almost 80 million dogs in the United States.
234.Snuppy, an Afghan Hound, was the first cloned dog.
235.Born in 2002, Betsy a Border Collie has a vocabulary of more than 340 words.
236.Horand von Grafrath was the first German Shepherd Dog.
237.An English Pointer named Sensation is featured on the logo of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
238.The five most popular male dog names are Max, Buddy, Rocky, Bailey and Jake.
239.The five most popular female dog names are Bella, Molly, Lucy, Maggie and Daisy.
240.Brightest dogs understanding of commands are fewer then 5 repetitions and obeys first command 95% or better.
241.When a dog pants to cool themselves.
242.Dog can make 100 different facial expressions. Bulldogs only have about 10 expression due to their breeding. Often Bulldogs are misinterpreted by other dogs leading to fights.
243.Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible.
244.People can not hear beyond 25 yards, but dogs can hear 250 yards away.
245.The Beatles song "Martha My Dear" was written by Paul McCartney about his sheepdog Martha.
246.Chewbacca from Star Wars was inspired by George Lucasa Alaskan Malamute, named Indiana.
247.George Lucas Alaskan Malamute, Indiana inspired the lead character name in Indiana Jones.
248.A three dog nights refers to an Australian Aboriginal custom of sleeping with three dogs on a really cold night.
249.Dog Star is a common name for the brightest star in the sky, Sirius.
250.Marie Antoinette's dog was a spaniel named Thisbe.
251.The Bichon Frise become fashionable at French and other royal courts in the 16th century.
252.Balto was a famous Siberian Husky who lead his dog sled tem on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome. Only the serum could stop the Diphtheria outbreak in Anchorage, Balto lead his team through white out snow and a blizzard with -23 degrees F.
253. People who own pets live longer, have less stress and fewer heart attacks.
254.Lassie was played by several male dogs because his coat looked better on camera.
255. Franklin D. Roosevelt had several dogs at the white house, but the most famous one was Fala. A Scottish Terrier resentful to the Republican leaders for attacking FDR as mentioned in the "Fala Speech".
256.At the end of the Beatle's song A Day In The Life, an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his Shetland sheepdog.
257.The Canary Island were not named for a bird, but after a breed of large dogs. The Latin name was Canariae insulae - Island of Dogs
258.The name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box is Bingo.
259.Davy Crockett had a dog named Sport.
260.Never smile at a dog you think is dangerous, baring your teeth is an act of aggression.
261.Different smells in the dog's urine can tell other dogs whether the dog leaving the message is female or male, young or old, sick or healthy, happy or angry.
262.The best dog to attract a date is a Golden Retriever.
263.The worst dog to attract a date is a Pit Bull.
264.Homer the Greek writer is believed to be the first person to write about dogs.
265.Nearly 4,000 dogs served in Vietnam.
266.The longer the dog's nose the better its cooling system.
267.30% of all Dalmatians are deaf in one or both ears.
268.Dog's can be right or left handed.
269.A dog will learn a spoken command better if they are given a hand signal or gesture with it.
270.A dog was hung in Salem, Massachusetts for witchcraft in 1692.
271.Dogs are shown to wear collars in ancient Egyptian and Greek art.
272.Terriers were breed to kill rats.
273.The Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie, is not a miniature Collie.
274.Leona Helmsley willed $12 million to her Maltese, Trouble, in 2007.
275.The name "Fido" comes from the Latin word meaning "Faithful or Fidelity".
276.George Washington owned 36 Hounds.
277.One female and her children can produce 4,372 puppies in 7 years.
278.The United States has the highest dog population in the world. France has the second.
279.Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series, takes the form of a black dog.
280.Pharaoh Hounds are the only breed of dog that blushesa. Their ears and noses become become pink when they are happy or excited.
281.One kind of Pekingese was bred to fit into a Chinese empressa sleeve so it could be carried around.
282.Dogs have a wet nose to collect tiny droplets of smelling chemical in the air.
283.Superman had a dog named Krypto.
284.Queen Elizabeth II owns several Welsh Corgis.
285. When Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded in 1587, her little dog was hidden in her dress. When the dog was discovered it frightened the people because they thought the body was moving.
286.A small breed dog's stomach is the size of a walnut!
287.Some dogs grow 30 metres of fur per day, that's the equivalent of six family sized cars! This includes adding up all the new strands covering the entire animal end to end.
288.To a young dog, exercise and play are the day's most important events. As a dog gets older, he lives for dinnertime. As your dog matures it's important to keep their nutrition tailored to their age
289.Before the enactment of the 1978 law that made it mandatory for dog owners in New York City to clean up after their pets, approximately 40 million pounds of dog poop were left on the streets every year.
290.The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court.
291.The heaviest dog ever weighed 319 pounds.
292.Each day in the US, animal shelters are forced to destroy 30,000 dogs and cats. Spay and neuter!!
293.Most pet owners (94 percent) say their pet makes them smile more than once a day.
294.There are 701 types of pure breed dogs.
295.Dog breeders call young dogs less than one year of age as "puppies", a group of dog offspring as "litter", male dogs as "dogs" and female dogs as "bitches".
296.Barking Sands Beach, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, is known for its unusual dry sand that squeaks or "barks like a dog."
297.The Great Dane breed of dog originates from Germany!
298.When a dog bays at the moon, it is following its basic instinct to call the pack together
299.The only dog to ever appear in a Shakespearean play was Crab in "The Two Gentlemen of Verona".
300.Based on a life span of 11 years the average cost of owning a dog is $13,550
301.A young dog has only 28 milk teeth
302.A dog's temperature is between 100.2 and 102.8 degrees Fahrenheit
303.Female dog bites are twice as numerous as male dog bites
304.Some dogs reach sexual maturity at the age of eight months
305.A puppy is considered and adult at the age of one year. At this age it is as physically as mature as a 15 year-old human
306.There are around 4 million dogs in the world.
307.Pet dogs are omnivores. This means they eat a variety of foods, including grains, meats and vegetables.
308.Each year, more money is spent on dog food than on baby food, totaling in the billions of dollars!
309.Dogs have the ability to sense changes in static electricity and barometric pressure. Because of this, dogs can often predict changes in the weather.
310.No one in Iceland is allowed to have a pet dog.
311.A dog's nose works one million times better than a human's nose.
312.In Roman times mastiffs wore light armor and were sent after mounted knights
313.Their are only 350 cisky terriors in the world.
314.U.S. customs dogs Rocky and Barco had a $300,000 bounty placed on their heads by Mexican drug lords because of how efficiently they patrolled the border
315.The different breeds of dogs accounts to most amazing diversity in body shape of the mammals.
316.This is one of the other dog facts that dog feel jealous. It was released in study in 2008 that dogs felt jealous when they saw other dogs getting treats for the same trick that was given to him.
317.Dogs fur contain harmful pathogens that harm humans in one way or another.
318.Dogs respond to rebuke.
319.Dogs heal themselves by licking their wounds.A small amount of licking can help clean a wound, but excessive licking can actually slow down the healing process.
320.Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
321.25 percent of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
322.Over 20 percent of people who leave dogs in shelters adopted them from a shelter.
323.A Wagging Tail MIGHT mean dog's happy, but it may not. A slowly wagging tail combined with a stiff, low, posture can be a sign of a dog deciding whether to attack.
324.You can teach the old dog new tricks.
325.During World War I, the German and French armies used an estimated 50,000 trained dogs as sentries, scouts, ammunition carriers, messengers, and casualty dogs.
326.In the early 1930s, Germany opened a large dog training school in Frankfurt. By the time the United States entered World War II, the Germans had trained nearly 200,000 war dogs.
327.Contrary to popular belief, a Pit Bull doesn't have the strongest bite. In a scientific test measuring bite pressure, the Rottweiler won with 328 lbs., followed by a German Shepherd at 238 lbs., and the Pit Bull at 235 lbs. What makes Pit Bulls dangerous biters is their ability to lock their jaws.
328.The Australian Shepherd Dog was bred in America, when sheep were imported into the US from Australia
329.The first dog ever to have dined in the House of Commons was a Chihuahua and he wore a diamond collar for the occasion
330.Weimaraner puppies are born with stripes
331.Dalmatian puppies are born without spots
332.The Rottweiler is believed to have been developed from herding dogs in Roman times, where they were used to protect the cattle accompany the legion. Later on, whilst still in their early development they were known as the butchers dog.
333.The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is known as the "nanny dog" in this country, as they particularly adore children. The Stafford is a highly trainable breed.
334.The Mastiff is universally known as one of the world's most ancient breeds. The Bull Mastiff owes its existence to the Mastiff and the Bulldog
335.Karl Dobermann, a tax collector, developed the Dobermann breed in the 1880's to accompany him on his rounds - He apparantly crossed Pinschers with Rottweilers and the German Shepherd Dog
336.The Chinese Crested only grows hair on its head, tail and legs
337.Did you ever imagine that you little doggie dreams just like you.. no one knows what they dream about but dogs do dream.
338.Alexander the Great is said to have founded and named a city Peritas, in memory of his dog.
339.Chained dogs are 3 times more likely to bite than unchained dogs.
340.Dogs have lived with humans for over 14,000 years.
341.Greyhounds have the best eyesight of any breed of dog.
342.In the movie The Wizard Of Oz', Toto the dog's salary was $125 a week, while Judy Garland was $500 a week.
343.Saint Bernards were trained to rescue lost travelers in the Swiss Alps.
344.The average city dog lives three years longer than the average country dog.
345.The best time for taking a puppy from its litter, psychologically and physically, is when it is 49 days old.
346.The earliest European images of dogs are found in cave paintings dating back 12,000 years ago in Spain.
347.Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces is enough to kill a small dog.
348.Female dogs that are spayed eliminate the chance of uterine infection, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer.
349.Male dogs that are neutered nearly eliminate the risk of perineal hernias and penile tumors.
350.Most dogs are lactose intolerant. Your dog is better off avoiding milk.
351.Tapeworms can lead to anemia in your dog.
352.Dogs get heartworms from being bitten by just one infected mosquito. (Heartworm meds are a MUST!)
353.Beware: anti-freeze (ethylene glycol), the day-glo green colored fluid frequently seen near curbs, is very deadly to your pet if ingested.
354.The coat of a Komondor consist of cords formed when the outer and inner coats cling together.
355.Cynophobia, the fear of dogs or rabies.
356.There should be enough room for you to slip two fingers between the dog and the dog collar to assure that the collar is not too tight.
357.Japanese Akitas are declared champions of the breed, have been declared national treasures in Japan since 1931.
358.Dogs have NO concept of time. In fact, dogs have a very accurate biological clock.
359.Dogs do not have an appendix
360.Dogs judge objects first by their movement, then by their brightness, and lastly by their shape.
361. Up until the late 1800's, Collies were known as Scottish Sheepdogs.
362. The Ancient Chinese carried Pekingese puppies in the sleeves of their robes.
363. Many foot disorders in dogs are simply an issue of long toenails.
364. More than 5,000,000 puppies are born in the U.S. every year.
365. More than one in three American families own a dog.
366.The old formula for obtaining the age of your dog was to multiply every year of a dog's life by 7 human years. Dog facts: but this method is not accurate. A dog is fully grown at 12 months, which would be age 18 in human terms. From this point on, to calculate the true age of your dog, figure that every dog year is the equivalent of five human years. For a 10 year old dog: Total people years would be 63 years old.
367.Dogs don't like rain because the sound is amplified and hurts their very sensitive ears.
368.Dogs were the first animals domesticated by people.
369.Spaying/neutering your dog before the age of 6 months can help prevent cancer in your dog.
370.The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world.
371.It is natural for young puppy to chew on to whatever comes in their way. So, they should never be reprimanded.
372.Almost all dogs are capable of attacking livestock. This is because they primarily belonged to the species of wolf.
373.Usually a killer dog operates in a group or at least a couple. Though sometimes the killer may also operate singlehandedly.
374.Dogs are loyal to owners not because they give him the food to eat but because of the respect and companionship you give them.
375.Although a dog might be jealous of a new puppy in the beginning this usually passes quickly since dogs are social animals.
376.Dogs area social animals and do not like to stay alone. One trick could be to leave your radio or your television set open if ever you have to go out leaving your dog alone.
377.Dogs' Colors range from white to black, with reds, grays, and browns occurring in a tremendous variation of patterns.
378.A dog can bite with 74 kg of force whereas a lion can do 426kg!
379.Beagles were originally bred as hunters, especially rabbits, so if you have small pets around, be careful if you get a beagle. He might think he's doing you a favor by bringing you a pet hamster.
380. Former US President Teddy Roosevelt had a Pit Bull named Pete.
381.The most successful mountain rescue dog ever was a St Bernard named Barry, who lived during the early 1800's and saved 40 lives.
382.Believe it or not, the roots of your dog's teeth are longer than the teeth themselves
383.Touch is the first sense your dog develops her entire body, including the paws, contains nerve endings sensitive to touch.
384.There are some odd laws regarding dogs around the world. Police officers in Palding, Ohio are permitted to bite a dog in order to quieten it down. In Ventura County in California, cats and dogs are not allowed to have sex without a permit. And in Iran, it is illegal to own a dog as a pet unless it can be proven to be a guard or hunting dog.
385.The first dog chapel was established in 2001 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
386.French poodles do not originate from France, they actually come from Germany. The word poodle comes from the German pudel or pudelhund, meaning splashing dog, and they were a German breed used for hunting, water retrieving and even herding.
387.101 Dalmatians may have been an ambitious concept. The largest recorded dog litter to date is 24 puppies from a Neopolitan Mastiff in 2005 (delivered by caesarean section). This was actually a double record as 20 of the puppies survived.
388.Dogs with large square heads and large ears, such as the Saint Bernard, are the best dogs at hearing subsonic sounds.
389. Amongst Ancient Egyptians records are the names of 77 dogs, which refer to colour and character such as Blackie, Ebony, Good Herdsman, Reliable, and Brave One.
390.It only takes 2 dogs to form a pack, and they are more likely to chase and hunt than a single dog on its own.
391.A dog's urine contains different smells that will let other dogs know which sex it is, whether it is old or young, sick or healthy, and even its mood.
392.Male dogs don't actually need to raise their legs to urinate. They do this to mark their territory and to leave a message that they are tall and intimidating. Parts of Croatia had a problem with lampposts toppling over because urine was rotting the metal.
393.One of the most challenging dogs to own is the Akita, so much so that owners may find their home insurance premiums are affected.
394.he noisest dogs tend to be the Beagle and Collie.
395.The quietest dogs are the Akbash and the Basenji.
396.The most intelligent dogs tend to be the Border Collie and the Poodle.
397.The least intelligent dogs tend to be the Afghan Hound, the Basenji, the Bulldog, the Borzoi and the Chow Chow, although a lack of motivation can sometimes hide intelligence.
398.The hairiest dogs are the Old English Sheepdog and the Komondor. These breeds have long hair all over.
399.The least hairy dogs are the Mexican Hairless Dog (or Xolo) and the American Hairless Terrier.
400.The breed with the longest ears is the loveable Basset Hound.
401.One of the rarest dog breeds is the Shar Pei, which appeared in the Guinness Book of Records for vrey this honour for three consecutive years.
402. There are no completely hypoallergenic dogs. All dogs have a small degree of hair that will attract dander and allergens.
403.The first dog registered with the American Kennel Club in 1884 was an English Setter named Adonis. The club now recognizes 161 dog breeds in the US. The FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale) recognizes over 400 breeds throughout the world.
404.The Mayans and Aztecs symbolised every tenth day with the dog, and those born under this sign were believed to have outstanding leadership skills.
405.The first dog tax or licensing law dates to Schweinfurt, Germany in 1598.
406.During the Middle Ages, it was not uncommon for dogs to be tried and punished along with their owners. In fact a dog was hanged in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 for alleged witchcraft.
407.Several breeds have webbed paws that make swimming easier, including the Portuguese Water Dog.
408.Bloodhounds are so called because at one time they could only be owned by people of noble blood, and are a very old breed.
409.Most dogs have a double coat of hair, which consists of an undercoat that provides insulation, and an outer coat of guard hair.
410.In chinese astrology, people born under the sign of the dog are considered to be loyal and discreet, although slightly temperamental too.
411.The small skull of a Chihuahuas restricts the flow of spinal fluid, causing a swelling of the brain called hydrocephalus.
412.As bulldogs have very short muzzles, many spend their lives fighting suffocation.
413.The ancient Mbaya Indians of the Gran Chaco in South America believed that humans originally lived underground until dogs dug them up.
414.It is believed that dogs have the ability to predict changes in the weather as they can sense changes in static electricity and barometric pressure.
415.Breeds classified as hounds are not meant to hunt birds
416.There are six types of Dachshund.
417.The Basenji licks itself clean, like a cat.
418.There are four types of Belgian Shepherd Dogs that are identical except for their coat type and color.
419.Labrador Retrievers were originally bred to retrieve fishing nets.
420.In the 19th century Dalmations defended carriages against highwaymen and kept away animals that could scare the horses.
421.Siberian Huskies have been used to herd reindeer in Siberia for 3000 years.
422.A one year old dog is as physically mature as a 15 year old human.
426.A whelp is a puppy that is still nursing on his/her mother's milk. It's unweaned.
427.The prairie dog makes burrows which is called Town. The town may contain 1,000 animals, and it can stretch under the ground for miles.
428.The "Dingo" is the wild dog of Australia.
429.While America has an over population of dogs, Germany and Switzerland have the least amount of dogs. One dog for every 10 families.
430.Dogs with "squashed" faces have more health problems. The structure of the faces of pugs, boxers, and bulldogs makes them more prone to respiratory problems, dental problems, and other health issues.
431.Dogs have no clavicles. Their disconnected shoulder blades allow them a greater range of motion for running and jumping.
432.Domestic dogs can breed with wolves. The two animals are still related closely enough that they can mate, producing feral offspring.
433.Like human babies, Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot in their skull which closes with age
434.President Lyndon Johnson had two beagles named Him and Her
435.Franklin Roosevelt spent $15,000 for a destroyer to pick up his Scottie in the Aleutian Islands
436.The Russians trained dogs during WWII to run suicide missions with mines strapped to their backs
437.A dog's mouth exerts 150-200 pounds of pressure per square inch
438.With some dogs exerting up to 450 pounds per squre inch.
439.87% of dog owners say their dog curls up beside them or at their feet while they watch T.V.
440.In 2002 alone, more people in the U.S. were killed by dogs than by sharks in the past 100 years
441.Obesity is the #1 health problem among dogs
442.Every dog on earth likely descended from a species knows as the Tomarctus a creature that roamed the earth over 15 million years ago
443.A dog's smell is more than 100,000 times stronger than that of a human's
444.Female dogs are only ready to mate In heat twice a year for a total of roughly 20 days
445.Dogs were first domesticated by cavemen
446.The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts both offer merit badges in dog care
447.Dogs with little human contact in the first three months typically don't make good pets
448.Dog and human has been best friend since the reign of emperor.
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449.Huskies can run up to eighty miles a day.
450.A dog cocking their leg up to pee is not a sign of masculinity, it's a sign of dominance. The higher they lift their leg, the more dominant they believe themselves to be.
451.Pitbulls only become vicious if they're trained poorly - they can actually make very good pets.
452.Huskies are the most independent dogs you can get, meaning that they're also the most difficult to train.
453.Dogs cannot speak. However, some of the sounds that they make often sound similar to things that we say, such as Hello, or love you.
454.Dogs also can't understand what we say. They may pick up on what things mean as they get older, but they will never fully understand our language. They learn by association.
455.Dogs LOVE cheese. And gingernut biscuits. And ham. And most things they can get their paws on, actually.
456.If you give a dog attention when it's crying, you're encouraging it to do so in that particular situation (such as when fireworks are going off). The best thing to do when a dog is afraid is to ignore it, as then it will learn that there's nothing to be afraid of.
457.The main differences between Siberian Huskies and Malamutes is that Malamutes are more muscular and Siberian Huskies are more intelligent.
458.Whilst pitbulls may be banned in the UK, they still find their way in through breeding with other dog breeds such as boxers.
459.Dogs from the bulldog family are thought to be the laziest.
460.Larger dogs are often more laid back than smaller ones.
461.There's a contest held every year to find the world's ugliest dog.
462.The BBC stopped showing Crufts due to controversy surrounding the pedigree dogs involved in the show.
463.Dogs humping things can be both physical and psychological. If a dog does it after it has been neutered, itâ€™s psychological.
464.Dogs are natural pack animals. Dogs instinctively require the pack leader's approval.
465.Dogs are naturally submissive to any creature with higher pack status - human or canine.
466. In Australia, a man who was arrested for drug possession argued his civil rights were violated when the drug-sniffing dog nuzzled his crotch. While the judge dismissed the charges, they were later reinstated when a prosecutor pointed out that in the animal kingdom, crotch nuzzling was a friendly gesture.
467. The Beagle came into prominence in the 1300s and 1400s during the days of King Henry VII of England. Elizabeth I was fond of Pocket Beagles, which were only
468. Dogs should have a litter before they are spayed.
This is not true. Dogs that have a litter before they are spayed are not better for it in any way. In fact, spayed dogs are at lower risk for breast cancer and uterine infections.
469. Dogs are sick when their noses are warm.
The temperature of a dogs nose does not indicate health or illness or if they have a fever. There is an "old wives tale" that cold wet noses indicate health. And Warm or dry noses indicate a fever or illness. The only accurate method to access a dog's temperature is to take it with a thermometer. Normal dog temperature is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees F.
470. Mutts are always healthier than purebred dogs.
This is not true. Both mutts and purebred dogs can be unhealthy. Both can have diseases, however, mutts generally do not have many of the genetic diseases common in purebred lines.
471. All dogs like to be petted on their heads.
Some dogs do like to be petted on their heads but many do NOT.
472. Happy dogs wag their tails.
This may be true but aggressive dogs often wag their tails too. There are several physical body motions and cues that help dogs to communicate their intent. A wagging tail can mean agitation or excitement. A dog that wags his tail slowly and moves his all rear end or crouches down in the classic play bow position is usually a friendly wag. Tails that are wagged when held higher, twitches or wagging while held over the back may be associated with aggression.
473. Only male dogs will hump or lift their leg to urinate.
This is not true. Female dogs, especially dominant female dogs, will lift their leg to urinate and "hump" other dogs or objects. This can be true even if they are spayed.
474. Table scraps are good for dogs.
Some table scraps such as bones and pieces of fat can be dangerous to some pets. They may not digest the bones and the fat may cause gastrointestinal problems such as pancreatitis.
475. Garlic prevents fleas.
Garlic has not been proven to be helpful for flea control. Large amounts of garlic can even be harmful.
476. Household pet dogs don't need to be trained. This is not true. Every dog should be trained.
477. Dogs eat grass when they are sick.
Dog descended from wild wolves and foxes that ate all parts of their kill This included the stomach contents of many animals that ate berries and grass. Many scientists believe grass was once part of their normal diet and eating small amounts is normal.
478. Dogs like tasty food.
Dogs have very poor taste buds and eat primarily based on their sense of smell.
479. Licking is Healing.
It is natural for a dog to lick its wound but this not necessarily always healing. Too much licking can actually prohibit healing.
480. Dogs will let you know when they are sick.
This is not true. Dogs generally are very good at hiding that they are sick by survival instinct, thus not to appear vulnerable to prey. Often by the time they show you that they are sick, their disease or condition is quite advanced.
481. Dogs that are mostly indoors don't need heartworm prevention.This is not true. Indoor pets are also at risk for heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitoes which can come inside.
482. Dogs eat rocks, lick concrete or eat their or another animals stools because of nutrient imbalances. No one knows why dogs eat stuff that they shouldn't eat. Some veterinarians believe that some dogs that eat things may be trying to get attention or acting out of boredom. It is important for dogs to eat a well balanced diet that will fulfill their dietary and nutrient requirements.
483. Dogs don't need to housebroken, they naturally know where to go. Oh, if only this were true. You need to train your dog on where to go. This preferably happens when you start young and give him positive encouragement for jobs well done.
484.During the Vietnam war 4500 working dogs were sent to aid the troops.
485.Some stray Russian dogs have figured out how to use the subway system in order to travel to more populated areas in search of food.
486.Dogs don't enjoy being hugged as much as humans and other primates. Canines interpret putting a limb over another animal as a sign of dominance.
487.Two stray dogs in Afghanistan saved 50 American soliders. A Facebook group raised $21,000 to bring the dogs back to the US and reunite them with the soldiers.
488. Nesbit, earned over one million Delta airline miles in his life and had his own frequent flier card.
489. One of Michael Vick's former fighting dogs, Leo, went on to be a therapy dog who comforted dying children.
490. Service dogs are trained to know when they are on duty. When their harness is on, they know it's business time. When you take it off, the pups immediately become playful and energetic.
491. Seeing eye dogs pee and poo on command so that their owners can clean up after them. Male dogs are also trained to do their business without lifting their leg.
492.In ancient China, an emperor's last line of defense was a small Pekingese dog literally hidden up his sleeve.
493.When Lord Byron was informed that his dog was not allowed to come with him to Cambridge Trinity College, he retaliated by bringing a bear instead.
494.There is a dog-shaped building in New Zealand.
495.Hyenas aren't actually dogs. They are more closely related to cats.
496.Dogs drink water by using forming the back of their tongue into a mini cup. ***UPDATED*** A recent study just debunked this fact! Dogs actually use the top of their tongue to drink. Water adheres to the top of the tongue and is pulled up in a column.
496.The smallest known adult dog was a Yorkshire Terrier that was only 2.5 inches at the shoulder, and weighed only 4 ounces.
497.The largest dog was an English Mastiff who weighed 343 pounds.
498.In 2001, it was estimated that there are approximately 400 million dogs in the world.
499.In Old England, the word "hound" was used to refer to all types of dogs.
500.The process of birthing puppies is called "whelping."
501.The famous nickname, "man's best friend," is used in many other languages as well as English.
502.Dog's don't see in black and white, they have 2 color receptors, and can see yellow and blue.
503.Dog's definitely don't see like hawks. They have very poor eyesight, but can distinguish movement 10-20 times better than humans.
504.Even with their poor eyesight, dogs can still see better at night than humans do.
505.Most dogs have 18 or more muscles to tilt, rotate, and move their ears.
506.While not the best when it comes to sight, dogs have a keen sense of hearing, and can hear sounds at 4 times the distance of humans.
507.At the age of 4 weeks, most dogs have developed the majority of their vocalizations.
508.Most dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures.
509.A Border Collie named Chaser has learned the names of 1,022 toys, and can retrieve each by name.
510.Dogs can count up to five and can perform simple mathematical calculations.
511.The average dog is as intelligent as a two-year-old child.
512.It's been demonstrated that dogs can reduce both physical and emotional anxiety.
513.Dogs have been used since the 1700's for therapy.
514.Dogs with a flesh colored nose is said to have a "Dudley Nose."
515.Pugs and other dogs with short muzzles have a peculiar head type known as "Brachycephalic."
516.Hound dogs and long-nosed dogs also have a unique name for their head-type: "Dolichocephalic."
517.Dogs sleep for an average of 10 hours per day.
518.Dogs engage in rapid-eye-movement when they sleep, and have dreams just like humans do.
519.The World Canine Organization recognizes 339 breeds of dogs.
520.Analysis of the dog genome demonstrate only 4 major types of dogs: "Old Lineage Dogs," "Mastiff-type Dogs," "Herding Dogs," and "Modern Hunting Dogs."
521.Unlike cats, dogs are not exclusively carnivores: they can adapt to different foods, and a percentage of their diets can be fruits and vegetables.
522.The French Bulldog is incapable of reproducing naturally.
523.In addition to "formal" forms of dog training (operant conditioning, reinforcement, or classical conditioning), dogs are able to learn merely from observation.
524.The Saint Bernard gains its name from the "Great St. Bernard Hospice" the monastery where Barry and other mountain dogs was raised by monks to rescue victims from the snowy Alps.
525.A Great Dane named "Just Nuisance" is the only dog to have officially enlisted in the Royal Navy.
526.When "Bobbie," a Collie/Shepherd mix, was accidentally abandoned on a family vacation, he traveled 2,551 miles over six months to return to his home.
527.The are 4 constellations named after dogs.
528.The Golden Retriever, one of the most popular dog breeds, was first bred in Scotland in the mid 1800s.
529.A couple presidential dogs were Golden Retrievers: "Liberty," the presidential dog of Gerald Ford, and "Victory," Ronald Reagan's dog.
530.Flyball, a dog sport consisting of relays, hurdles, and ball retrieving, was developed in the late 60s, and the first tournament was held in 1983.
531.The current world record for a Flyball race is 14.413 seconds, set by the team "Touch N Go" of Las Vegas.
532.The Labrador Retriever has been the most popular dog breed since 1991.
533.The Labrador is so popular, in 2006 there were approximately 3-5 times more Labs as there were German Shepherds or Golden Retrievers.
534.One of the most famous Labrador Retrievers was "Endal," an assistance dog recognized as the most decorated dog in the world.
535.Endal was the first dog to ride on the London Eye (the characteristic ferris wheel in London, England), and was also the first known dog to successfully use a ATM machine.
536.Two Labradors, Lucky and Flo, were the first dogs known for sniffing out pirated DVDs.
537.Search and Rescue dog training begin as games played while puppies.
538.Some Search and Rescue (SaR) Dogs are trained to sniff out humans 1/4 mile away or more.
539.Some dogs have shown remarkable ability to detect certain cancers.
540.A dog's powerful sense of smell is frequently called upon to detect anything from mines and explosives to termites and bed bugs.
541.Conservationists have used dogs to find bumblebee hives in order to protect endangered species.
542.Is it a duck or a dog? The Newfoundland breed has a water resistant coat and webbed feet. This dog was originally bred to help haul nets for fishermen and rescuing people at risk of drowning.
543.It pays to be a lap dog. Three dogs (from First Class cabins!) survived the sinking of the Titanic - two Pomeranians and one Pekingese.
544.Wow, check out those choppers! Puppies have 28 teeth and normal adult dogs have 42.
545.Chase that tail! Dogs chase their tails for a variety of reasons: curiosity, exercise, anxiety, predatory instinct or, they might have fleas! If your dog is chasing his tail excessively, talk with your vet.
546.Seeing spots? Or not - Dalmatian puppies are pure white when they are born and develop their spots as they grow older.
547.Dogs do dream! Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage dogs can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming
548.No night vision goggles needed! Dogs' eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark.
549.Pitter patter. A large breed dog's resting heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed's heart beats between 100-140. Comparatively, a resting human heart beats 60-100 times per minute.
550.If your dog's acting funny, get out the umbrella! According to a Petside.com/Associated Press poll, 72% of dog owners believe their dog can detect when stormy weather is on the way.
551.It's not a fever! A dog's normal temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. How much do you know about dog health? Take our Doggy First Aid Quiz!
552.Is something wet? Unlike humans who sweat everywhere, dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet.
553.Here's looking at you. Dogs have three eyelids, an upper lid, a lower lid and the third lid, called a nictitating membrane or "haw," which helps keep the eye moist and protected.
554.Move over Rover! 45% of dogs sleep in their owner's bed (we're pretty sure a large percentage also hog the blankets!)
555.Why are dogs' noses so wet? Dogs' noses secrete a thin layer of mucous that helps them absorb scent. They then lick their noses to sample the scent through their mouth.
556.Yummy! Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. Humans have approximately 9,000 and cats have around 473.
557.Watch that plate of cookies! A Dog's sense of smell is 10,000 - 100,000 times more acute as that of humans.
558.It's not so black and white. It's a myth that dogs only see in black and white. In fact, it's believed that dogs see primarily in blue, greenish-yellow, yellow and various shades of gray.
559.Did you hear that? Sound frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz). The higher the Hertz, the higher-pitched the sound. Dogs hear best at 8,000 Hz, while humans hear best at around 2,000 Hz.
560.Express yourself. Dogs' ears are extremely expressive. It's no wonder! There are more than a dozen separate muscles that control a dog's ear movements.
561.Growing up. While the Chow Chow dogs are well known for their distinctive blue-black tongues, they're actually born with pink tongues. They turn blue-black at 8-10 weeks of age.
562.Why do they do that? When dogs kick after going to the bathroom, they are using the scent glands on their paws to further mark their territory.
563.No, it's not just to make themselves look adorable. Dogs curl up in a ball when they sleep due to an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and protect their abdomen and vital organs from predators.
564.Breathe easy. In addition to sweating through their paw pads, dogs pant to cool themselves off. A panting dog can take 300-400 breaths (compared to his regular 30-40) with very little effort.
565.How many dogs are in the world? Right now there are about 400 million worldwide. The majority are in the U.S., France comes in second.
566.There are 77 million dogs of all different breeds (purebred and mixed) in the U.S. - This is the combined human population of California, Texas and Illinois.
567.A typical dog's mouth puts forth 150 to 200 pounds of pressure per square inch. Some can apply up to 450 pounds.
568.A "pack" of dogs can be as small as 2 of them.
569.A Greyhound can run up to 45 mph, a normal dog can reach 19 mph. A Greyhound can beat an Arabic horse in a race!
570.If you take 1 dam (female) and her female puppies, over the span of just 7 years, it is technically possible for them to produced 4, 372 pups.
571.A dog in Germany gave birth to 1 litter of 17 puppies.
572.More than 5 million puppies are born in the United States yearly.
573.A female can be pregnant with pups from 2 different sires, if they both mate with her within 3 days.
574.77 dog names have been found among ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics including Blackie, Good Herdsman and Brave One.
575.The normal body temperature for a dog is 101.2 C Fahrenheit, but when a dam is going into labor, her temperature will drop.
576.Dogs have twice as many muscles for moving their ears as humans do. 18 different ones are involved when a dog moves their ear(s).
577.Dogs can hear sounds 250 yards away, we can only hear sounds about 25 yards away.
578.A dog's heartbeat is fast compared to a person's. Theirs is between 70 and 120 beat per minute, ours are just between 70 and 80.
579.A dog cannot see nor identify a person who is standing 300 yards away. Yet, if their owner is standing up to a mile away and waving his or her hands, the dog can identify them right away.
580.All breeds have 321 bones, humans adults have 206.
581.25% of people have admitted to speaking to their dogs out loud and/or talking to them through the answering machine when away from home.
582.With Dalmatians, 1/3 are deaf in one or both ears
583.When polled, 88% of dog owners say their dog stays right beside them while they watch television.
584.When it comes to taking photos, 58% of people include their pets when it is time to have family portraits taken.
585.A German Shepherd that was used as a guide dog for the blind, led a woman 2100 miles over the Appalachian Trail.
586.Kubla Khan owed the most dogs ever recorded, he had 5000 Mastiffs.
587.The bible mentions dogs 14 times.
588.A survey conducted in Australia showed that 7 out of 10 Australians believe their dogs are more dependable than their partner; and 8 out of 10 said they are more loving.
589.There are over 700 types of purebred dogs; the number slowly grows as hybrids are accepted as purebreds. All dog breeds were hybrids long ago, as breeding was done to gradually produce distinctive breeds.
590.In Germany and Switzerland, only 1 out of 10 families have a dog.
591.On birthdays and other holidays, 80% of owners include their dog, offering presents and special food.
592.Even though the Chihuahua is the smallest breed, a Yorkshire Terrier was the smallest dog ever recorded. Amazingly, he was only 4 ounces as a full grown adult and was only 2 and ½ inches tall.
593.One of the best working dogs ever was named Snag, who helped United States Customs make 118 drug seizures that totaled 810 million dollars.
594.Your dog can read your facial expressions! And they have a wide range of expressions themselves. This is one main way that they communicate with other dogs.
595.Dogs are so perceptive that they can recognize a person just by the sound of their footsteps.
596.Ever wonder why so many dogs like to chew on an owner's underwear? It is because it has a strong scent of that person.
597.A Japanese animal hospital study of people over 65 found that pet owners made 30% fewer visits to doctors than those who did not have pets.
598.Some prisons encourage inmates to keep dogs as pets because it has been shown to bring about long-term changes in attitudes and behavior...with dogs, some prisoners find out for the first time what it's like to give and receive affection.
599.Dogs know what time it is, just by depending on what is known as their "internal clock". They body and mind tells them when it is time to eat, when to expect their owner to come home and when to go to sleep, among other things.
600.The Basset Hound breed cannot swim at all.
601.When a dog howls at the moon, he or she is following a basic instinct to call the pack together (even if there is no pack!)
602.When a dog chases a car, they see it driving away and this causes them think that they accomplish their goal of chasing it away…This makes the dog to want to do it over and over again, since they did it "right" the first time.
603.A dog can suffer from a poor self-image, just like humans. This has been proven with dogs who have had their fur painted, they often act embarrassed and do not want to go outside as usual.
604.Dogs need to have their teeth cleaned at home, 1 time a day, but also need to see a "dog dentist" for a "full dental" in order to prevent infection and/or tooth loss.
605.Each dog's nose print is as unique as a person's fingerprints.
606.Dogs can make themselves throw up by purposely eating grass.
607.In African, there is a type of wolf dog called a Basenji that does not have the ability to bark.
608.When a dog smells another dog's urine, they immediately know: The gender, the age, the healthy and the mood of the other canine.
609.A huge catfish swallow a dog, a Dachshund (hot dog doggie) in 2003. The pooch was found after the fish was caught and cut open.
610.The heaviest breed is the St. Bernard.
611.The Chihuahua comes from Mexico, which has a state with the same name. It is thought that the ancient Aztecs first domesticated this breed.
612.The short term memory of a canine is between 15 and 20 seconds, however with repetition, that memory becomes long term, which can last many years.
613.Boxers were named for how they appear to be boxing, by moving their front paws when playing.
614.The shape of a dog's face can be a sign of how long they will live. Those with longer faces normally live longer. Those with shorter muzzles with in general live shorter lives.
615.There is a law in Ohio that allows a police officer to bite a dog is he or she thinks that it will quiet it down.
616.In Iran, one is not allowed to own a dog as a pet. The catch is that if the owner uses the dog to guard the home or to use for hunting, they are allowed.
617.Even in astrology, dogs are a force to be reckoned with and there is more than a little truth in the saying that "Every dog has his day"... There are 40 dog days between July 3rd and August 11, when Sirius, the Dog Star, rises and sets with the sun. The superstition that Sirius greatly influenced the canine race is found in Greek literature, as far back as Hesiod in the 8th century BC.
618.The very first dog chapel was erected in Vermont in 2001 by Mr. Huneck, an author who claims his dogs saved his live when he was sick. It is not clear how they did this…perhaps by companionship…?
619.The largest dog show in the world is the Crufts, held in London each year since 1886, with the exception of 1918-20 and 1940-47 when it was temporarily cancelled. In 1936 it attracted record breaking numbers... 4388 dogs!
620.In 1957, Russia sent the first dog into space, however the technology to have him return did not exist.
621.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.
622.The origin of the practice of docking a dog's tail is said to have come from Rome, circa 50 AD, when it was thought to prevent rabies.
623.Ozzy Osborne, the famous rocker once wrestled with a coyote that had a hold on his wife's small Pomeranian. Ozzy won the battle.
624.Only 3 dogs survived the Titanic: one was a Newfoundland, one a Pomeranian and one a Pekingese.
625.In the Middle Ages, both Great Danes and Mastiff dogs has armor put on them, along with collars with large spikes, and were sent into war…often to defend the army's caravans.
626.A Bull Terrier named .Rusty overwhelmed vets after managing to devour a pair of bicycle handle bars
627.Rin-Tin-Tin was a famous dog during WWII. He was found during a battle in France and then an American soldier named Lee Duncan took him home. He was so famous, that many people wanted his autographs, so his paw would be dipped in ink and then placed down on paper.
628.Snoopy, fictional star of the comic strip Peanuts was one famous imaginary dog! Peanuts was translated into 21 languages in 75 countries with over 355 million readers
629.Toto from the Wizard of Oz movie was a female Cairn Terrier named Terry.
630.White Boxer dogs are not officially recognized by the AKC, however 1 in 4 are white. However, deafness is a trait seen in many.
631.Chihuahuas can be 1 or more of 29 different hues.
632.German Shepherds are the breed that bites the most people.
633.In general, dogs can bite 10 times faster than a person can respond.
634.On average, a puppy sleeps 16 hours per day and an adult dog sleeps 15 hours. This includes both naps and nighttime sleeping.
635.Dog Ears move independantly each other
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