Dogs are the most popular pet in the world!
The smallest dog breed is the Chihuahua. The
tallest breed is the Irish wolfhound. The St. Bernard is
the heaviest breed and can weigh about 200 pounds!
Dogs have 321 bones and 42 permanent teeth.
A dog's sense of smell is 37 times stronger than a
There are over 200 breeds of dogs.
Dalmations are born pure white but develop the spots
as they mature.
The only barkless dog in the world is the
The oldest known breed of dog is the Saluki, which
were raised as hunting dogs by the Egyptians.
A dog takes from 10 to 30 breaths a minute.
The oldest known dog lived to be 29 years old.
The Lhasa Apso was used by monks to guard temples.
A Great Dane can eat up to 8 1/2 pounds of food per
The world's first ever space astronaut was a dog
named Laikia, sent into space in an earth satellite by
the Russian government in 1957.
Almost all dog breeds have pink tongues except the
black tongued Chow Chow and Shar-Pei.
About 1/3 of all US households have one or more dogs.
Puppies don't normally wag their tails until about 30
At age one year, a dog is the equivalent of 16 human
years; at two dog years, they are 24 human years; at 3
dog years, 30 human years; and for every dog year after
that, add 4 human years.
Dogs have been domesticated for 100,000 years.
Greyhounds can reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour
for short periods of time.
Dogs can learn up to 50 words of any human language.
Puppies go through a fear stage from the age of 8-10
weeks. A sudden noise like a firecracker going off
near a puppy this age can make the dog afraid of thunder
for the rest of it's life!
Dogs get heartworm from being bitten by one
Large breed dogs should be fed twice a day instead of
once to avoid stomach bloat.
The best time to take a puppy from it's little
physically and psychologically is at the age of 49 days
Among the survivors of the Titanic were two dogs, a
Pekingese and a Pomeranian.
Law enforcement agencies also rely on the dog's acute
sense of smell to uncover illegal drugs.
The Springer Spaniel was named for its ability to
"spring", or startle, game.
The normal life span of a small or medium-size dog is
about 15 years. A large dog lives only about ten years,
The Great Dane is the national dog of Germany.
Labrador Retrievers were originally bred to retrieve
Siberian Huskies have been used to herd reindeer in
Siberia for 3000 years.
The world's first dog show was held in Britain in