Dogs are considered to be the most loved companions in the world. But do you know that dogs are complex creatures? Have you ever wondered why they do some of the things they do? Your dog seems smart, but how sharp is his memory? Why your dog can always outrun you? Is it your imagination, or does it seems like your dog is always eating? Here are some interesting dog facts bound to keep you guessing. So, let’s go on reading!
- Japanese Chins and Pekingese were so important in the ancient Far East, that they even had their own servants who carried them around trade routes as gifts for kings and emperors.
- During the middle Ages, Mastiffs and Great Danes were often suited with armor and spiked collars to defend their caravans.
- Basset Hounds can’t swim.
- The shape of a dog’s face can help predict how long it will live. Dogs with sharp, pointed snouts that look more like wolves typically live longer.
- Average body temperature for a dog is 101.2 degrees.
- Puppies are often rejected by their mother if they are born by cesarean and cleaned up before their mother.
- A puppy is born blind, deaf, and toothless.
- Small amounts of grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs.
- All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to weasel-like creature called the Miacis which lived in trees and dens.
- Some dogs can smell dead bodies under water where termites are hiding, and natural gas buried under 40 feet of dirt.
- Dogs can detect cancer that is too small to be detected by a doctor and can find lung cancer by sniffing a person’s breath.
- The Chihuahua was named after the state in Mexico where they were discovered.
- If never spayed or neutered, a male and a female dog and their babies could produce over 65,000 dogs in about 5 years!
- Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which can cause serious health problems, or even be deadly to dogs.
- Chocolate contains the obromine, a substance which can kill dogs or at the very least make them very ill.
- A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton, allowing it greater flexibility of movement.
- Dogs can be trained to detect epileptic seizures.
- The first Hollywood’s dog star, Rin Tin Tin, really signed his movie contracts (all 22 of them), with a paw print.
- Their hearts beat up to 120 times per minute or about 50% faster than the average human heartbeat.
- The longer its nose, the more effective a dog’s internal cooling system.
- The phrase “It’s raining cats and dogs” originated in 17-century England. During rainstorms, many homeless cats and dogs would unfortunately drown and float down the streets, giving the appearance that it had actually rained dogs and cats.
- They have a wet nose to collect more of the small droplets of smelling chemicals in the air.
- Boxers got this name because of their manner of playing with their front paws.
- 3 dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic – a Pekingese, a Newfoundland, and a Pomeranian.
- About 33% of dog owners talk to their dogs on the phone and leave answering machine messages for their pets while away.
Dogs are really incredible animals and these facts may surprise you. But whatever information we get, we are sure that they are our trusted friends and as it is said, “They are our link to paradise”.