Here are some amazing dog facts we've discovered.
Some are true dog facts and others are general quirky items that have come to our notice over the years.
Irish Wolfhounds are the largest breed of dog.
The Great Dane is the tallest breed of dog.
The St. Bernard is the heaviest.
The Chihuahua is the smallest.
The smartest dogs are said to be:
1) Border Collie
3) Golden Retriever
and the dumbest is said to be the Afghan Hound.
There are over 700 types of pure breed dogs.
The top 5 dog breeds in the U.S.A. are
1) Labrador Retriever
2) Golden Retriever
3) German Shepherd
A Dog's normal heartbeat is 100-150 per minute.
A Human's normal heartbeat is 60-100 per minute.
A Dog's breathing rate is 15-20 per minute.
A Human's is 12-20.
A Dog's normal temperature is 101-102.
A Human's is 98.6
Dogs and Humans are the only animals with prostates.
Dogs are not completely color blind but do not see color as vividly as we do.
The dog's nose can smell up to one million times that of a human's.
Dogs have twice as many muscles to move their ears as humans do.
Dogs probably descended from Tomarctus who lived approximately 15 million years ago.
Earliest fossils of dogs date back to 10,000 B.C.
Laika, a stray dog, became the first dog into space in the Russian Sputnik II, in 1957.
Two Dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic.
Poodles originally had their extravagant haircuts to improve their swimming ability and keep their joints warm.
The world's oldest dog is said to have been an Australian cattle dog who lived to be 29 years and 5 months. His name was 'Bluey'.
A puppy is born deaf and blind.
A puppy begins to see between 2 to 3 weeks old.
At 3 weeks old a puppy develops a sense of smell.
A puppy will sleep for about 14 hours a day.
Their first milk teeth appear between 3 and 7 weeks old.
Dalmation puppies are born pure white and only develop their spots later.
The Basenji, an African wolf dog, is the only dog that cannot bark. It yodels.
A Greyhound can run at up to 42 miles an hour. Other dogs can run at around 19 m.p.h.
Dogs sweat through the soles of their feet and lose heat by panting.
Female dog bites are twice as prevalant as male dog bites in the U.S.A.
With an average life span of 11 years, the average cost of keeping a dog is $13,550.
A male dog can become sexually active between 4 to 6 month old.
Female dogs reach sexual maturity between 6 months to 1 and a half years.
A bitch's gestation period is 63 days.
At one year old, a dog is considered adult and is as mature as a 15 year old human.
Dogs don't like rain because the sound is amplified and hurts their very sensitive ears.
A frightened dog puts it's tail between it's legs to cut off the scent from it's anal glands.
Newfoundlands have webbed feet which make them great swimmers.
Bassets can't swim because their legs are too short to keep their bodies afloat.
Boxers are so named for their habit of raising their front legs when playing.
Greek mythology tells us that Cerberus was a three-headed, dragon-tailed dog that guarded the entrance to the lower world, or Hades. Cerberus was generally known to possess 3 heads, although some claim he had hundreds.
The middle one was that of a lion, while on one side was the head of a dog, and on the other side that of a wolf. He was said to haunt the battlefields in the night, feasting on the bodies of the fallen soldiers.
Cerberus had equally horrendous parents. His father was Typhon, an immense dragon-like monster. His mother Echidna had the head and upper torso of a beautiful woman, while the lower part of her body was that of a serpent. She lived in a cave where she ate men raw.
With her husband Typhon she produced a monstrous family which included the Hydra, the Chimaera, Orthrus, and, some say, the Sphinx.
Cerberus, the watchdog of hell, lay chained to the gates of Acheron, fawning on the spirits entering Hades and consuming those who attempted to escape.
Only a few heroes ever successfully overcame Cerberus. The great musician Orpheus charmed him with his lyre, and the last and most difficult labor of the Greek hero Hercules was to bring Cerberus up from Hades. Hercules applied a swift strangle-hold to the monster's throat. Cerberus soon choked and yielded.
"The dog's kennel is not the place to keep a sausage." - Danish Proverb
"To live long, eat like a cat, drink like a dog." - German Proverb
"Three things it is best to avoid: a strange dog, a flood, and a man who thinks he is wise." - Welsh Proverb
"The dog wags his tail, not for you, but for your bread." - Portuguese Proverb
"The barking of a dog does not disturb the man on a camel." - Egyptian Proverb
"Children aren't dogs; adults aren't gods." - Haitian Proverb
"Beware of a silent dog and still water." - Latin Proverb
"The greater love is a mother's; then comes a dog's; then a sweetheart's." - Polish Proverb
"One dog barks at something, the rest bark at him." - Chinese Proverb
"Do not respond to a barking dog." - Moroccan Jewish saying
"Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun." - Indian Proverb
"Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas." - Italian Proverb
"Show a dog a finger, and he wants the whole hand." - Yiddish Proverb
"If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also." - Russian Proverb
"A house without either a cat or a dog is the house of a scoundrel." - Portuguese Proverb
"An honest man is not the worse because a dog barks at him." - Danish Proverb
"Every dog is allowed one bite." - US Proverb
"A good dog deserves a good bone." - US Proverb
"If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end." - Saudi Arabian Proverb
"Dog does not eat dog". - Proverb
"Give a dog a bad name and hang him". - Proverb
"Why keep a dog and bark yourself?" - Proverb
"A dog in a manger" - A mean person who stops others enjoying themselves
"A dog is for life, not just for christmas" - Reap what you sow.
"Every dog has it's day" - Bad luck won't last
"The black dog walked all over him" - Someone suffering from depression.
"Blush like a black dog" - Not to blush.
"Three-dog night" - So cold you need three dogs to keep you warm.
"Dog's breakfast" - A mess or mixture.
"A dog's life" - Hard times.
"Dog-eat-dog" - Very competitive.
"Dog-and-pony show" - Type of market where people sell things.
"A dog with two tails" - Very happy.
"A dog's chance" - No chance.
"Shaggy dog story" - Long joke with a daft ending.
"Tail wagging the dog" - Underling trying to make the important decisions.
"Sick as a dog" - Very sick.
"Top dog" - Most important person.
"Work like a dog" - Work very hard.
"Let Sleeping dogs lie" - Don't resurect volatile situations.
"In the doghouse" - In someone's bad books.
"Iron dog" - A car.
"Hair of the dog (that bit you)" -Hangover cure.
"See a man about a dog" - Excuse to leave someones company.
"Dog tired" - Very tired.