You learn something new every day.
Here are a few unusual Dog Facts. A Big Gold Star to you if you already knew them all.
- The Basenji is the only breed of Dog that cannot bark.
- Dachsunds were first bred to fight Badgers.
- A Dogs heart rate is 70-120 beats per minute.
- The average life expectancy is 15 years.
- Dogs have two times as many muscles to move their ears as humans.
- Dogs Can see in colour and in 2D.
- The Greyhound is the fastest Dog, reaching speeds of 45 mph.
- The oldest officially recorded age of a Dog is Bluey, an Australian Cattle Dog who was 29 yrs 5 months.
- Dalmations are white when born and develop the spots as they age.
- Dogs can be left or right handed.
- All Dogs are descendants of Wolves so they can all mate with each other successfully.
- There are more than 700 breeds of Dogs.
- Dogs can detect Cancer in Humans.
- More money is spent each year on Dog food than Baby food.
- Dogs have less than a fifth of the taste buds of Humans.
- Their nose however is 1 million times more sensitive.
- 1 in 3 have a pet Dog.
- Dogs sweat through the pads in their feet.
- Mixed breed and cross breed are different. Mixed breed is from a various , usually unknown lineage but cross breeds are from only 2 different breeds.
- Never smile at a Dog you believe to be dangerous. It will be seen as baring your teeth in an act of aggression.
- Newfoundlands have webbed feet, making them excellent swimmers.
- Bassets can’t swim.
- There are approx 60 million Dogs in the US.
- Dogs can be trained to sense an oncoming epileptic seizure.
- The largest Dog is the Irish Wolfhound, the smallest is the Chihuahua and the heaviest is the St. Bernard.
- The largest recorded Dog was Zorba an Old English Mastiff, weighing 343 lbs and measuring 8 ft 3 inches.
- The smartest Dog is believed to be the Border Collie closely followed by the Poodle.
- The least intelligent is said to be the Afghan Hound.
- All Dogs have 321 bones and 42 permanent teeth.
- Wolves and Dogs can mate and produce offspring.
- If unspayed and neutered a Female Dog and her mate and pups could produce 66,000 Dogs in 6 yrs.
- A 1 year old Dog is about the equivalent to a 15 year old Human.
- In 2002 in the Us more people were killed by Dogs than by Sharks in the last 100 years.
- Obesity is the number one Dog problem.
- Roughly 1 million Dogs are believed to be the main beneficiary to a Will in the US.
- Dogs are better than Cats!
So who got their Gold Star?
May the Doggie Force be with you all.