There are hundreds of official
dog breeds in the world and
even more mixes and mutts
than we can count. Each dog
has his own unique set of
characteristics and personality.
But one thing is certain – these
loveable and wonderful
companions are fascinating
Check out some of these
interesting and far-out facts about dogs.
1. Is it a duck…or a dog? The Newfoundland breed has a
water resistant coat and webbed feet. This dog was bred to
help haul nets for fishermen and rescuing people at risk of
2. It pays to be a lap dog. Three dogs (from First Class
cabins!) survived the sinking of the Titanic – two
Pomeranians and one Pekingese.
3. A Beatles hit. It’s rumored that, at the end of the Beatles
song, “A Day in the Life,” Paul McCartney recorded an
ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, just for his Shetland
4. Wow, check out those choppers! Puppies have 28 teeth
and normal adult dogs have 42.
5. 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.
6. Seeing spots? Or not… Dalmatian puppies are pure
white when they are born and develop their spots as they
7. 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
8. No night vision goggles needed! Dogs’ eyes contain a
special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which
allows them to see in the dark.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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!
12. Is something wet? Unlike humans who sweat
everywhere, dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet.
13. 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
14. Americans love dogs! 62% of U.S. households own a
pet, which equates to 72.9 million homes
15. Move over Rover! 45% of dogs sleep in their owner’s
bed (we’re pretty sure a large percentage also hogs the
16. 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.
17. Yummy! Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. Humans
have approximately 9,000 and cats have around 473.
18. Watch that plate of cookies! A Dog’s sense of smell is
10,000 – 100,000 times more acute as that of humans.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.