Dog Facts – 50 Fascinating Things You Never Knew About Dogs

1. There are over 300 breeds of dogs.

2. Some dogs have a single coat while others have two coats or even three coats at the same time!

3. A dog’s ears can grow up to 2 feet long and 3 inches wide!

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4. The average life span of a purebred dog is 20 years old, but some live longer than 30 years old!

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5. The world’s oldest known dog was a greyhound named “Old Yeller” which lived from 1680 to 1730.

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6. There are many different types of breeds of dogs such as terriers, huskies, pugs, chihuahuas etc…(Source:


7. The word “dog” comes from the Old English word dóg meaning “to bark”.

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8. The first recorded case of rabies occurred in England when a dog bit a man named John Snow.

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9. In the United States there are approximately 8 million dogs living with humans each day.

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10. Most dogs do not bark very much and only when they feel threatened or if someone approaches them. (Source: Wikipedia)

11. Most dogs will run when they hear a trigger sound. (Source: Wikipedia)

12. Dogs are color-blind, they only see in shades of grey. (Source: Wikipedia)

13. Dogs do not understand words, but they do understand tone and inflection. (Source: Wikipedia)

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14. About 12% of dogs are left-handed and tend to always pull their treats toward themselves with their left paws. (Source: Wikipedia)

15. Dogs and cats have over 1000 muscles in their ears allowing them to move their ears in any direction. (Source: Wikipedia)

16. Female dogs are referred to as “bitches”. (Source: Wikipedia)

17. Though they might look intimidating, most dogs prefer to run away from danger than fight. (Source: Wikipedia)

18. Dogs don’t have upper front teeth (Source: Wikipedia)

19. Over 20% of dog owners admit that they talk to their dogs on the phone and allow them to sleep on the bed. (Source: Wikipedia)

20. Dogs have about a dozen muscles that allow them to rotate their ears. (Source: Wikipedia)

21. The oldest breed of dog is the snowy owl, with some living up to 30 years old. (Source: Wikipedia)

22. The name for animals brought onto a ship are termed “Pets”. (Source: Wikipedia)

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23. Some dogs can bend their whiskers backwards. (Source: Wikipedia)

24. Most female dogs are right-paws, while males are more often left-paws. (Source: Wikipedia)

25. The dog is the last creature to have survived since before the extinction of the dinosaurs. (Source: Wikipedia)

26. The world’s smallest dog is a Yorkshire Terrier that stands only 2.5 inches tall and weighs 1 pound. (Source: Wikipedia)

27. The world’s largest dog was an English Mastiff that weighed 343 pounds and stood 3.38 feet tall. (Source: Wikipedia)

28. The longest living dog was an Australian Cattle Dog that lived to be 29 years old. (Source: Wikipedia)

29. The most intelligent dog is the Border Collie, followed by the Poodle and the Golden Retriever. (Source: Wikipedia)

30. The least intelligent dog is the Afghan Hound. (Source: Wikipedia)

31. Dogs are said to have about the same amount of intelligence as a two-year-old human. (Source: Wikipedia)

32. The term “dog days of summer” comes from ancient Romans believing that solar Sirius raises the temperature, causing excessive panting in dogs. (Source: Wikipedia)

33. Every year on November 10, St. Luke’s Day, it is customary in some European churches to bless dogs and other animals. (Source: Wikipedia)

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34. The modern dog closely resembles the “Hunde” of the ancient Romans, which were bred by Germanic tribes that occupied Europe before the Roman Empire. (Source: Wikipedia)

35. Dogs are mentioned 14 times throughout the Bible, commonly as symbols of loyalty and servitude. (Source: Wikipedia)

36. Dogs can produce over 80 vocal sounds, while human beings can only produce around 10. (Source: Wikipedia)

37. It is legal to marry a dog in Alabama, USA, though popular opinion is that it should be considered animal cruelty. (Source: Wikipedia)

38. The average dog has around 100 different odors that it can recognize, while the average human only recognizes about 10. (Source: Wikipedia)

39. The U.S. is the only country in the world without an indigenous dog breed.

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40. Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures. (Source: Wikipedia)

41. Female dogs allegedly start to develop a “Puppy Face” at about 4-years old, making it more difficult for their masters to resist their pleas for food, attention and play. (Source: Wikipedia)


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