20 Things You Might Not Know About Dogs
While many of us like to think of our dogs as just another one of our amazing friends or family members, there are lots of things we don’t know about them. Is there a breed of dog that can’t bark? How many dogs did Kubla Khan own? Would a Greyhound dog get pulled over in a school zone? Learn something new as you read on!
- While humans clock in at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit on average, a dog’s typical temp is between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees.
- Dogs can actually see in color… just not as well as we can.
- Dogs only have sweat glands between the pads on their paws.
- The oldest dog on record was a 29-year-old Australian Cattle Dog name Bluey.
- The smallest dog ever according to the Guinness Book of World Records was a four ounce Yorkshire Terrier in Great Britain.
- Greyhounds can run up to 45 miles per hour.
- 80% of dog owners buy their pooches presents on holidays and birthdays.
- Dogs have a sense of smell that’s about 1000 times greater than ours.
- Dogs turn around before laying down because in tall grass, the motion would create a bed. (But they sure are grateful for those dog beds we buy them!)
- We have half as many muscles to move our ears as dogs do.
- African wolf dogs called basenji are the only canines that can’t bark.
- The United States has the largest population of dogs in the world.
- Newfoundlands can swim quite well because they actually have webbed feet.
- There are about a million dogs in the United States that are the primary beneficiaries in their owner’s will. (That’s about a few million friends and family members who are going to be shocked!)
- The United States of America’s first president, George Washington, owned 36 foxhounds.
- Kubla Khan owned 5,000 Mastiff dogs.
- All dogs, regardless of breed, have 321 bones and 42 adult teeth.
- Having dogs is good for your blood pressure: People who pet dogs have shown improvement in high blood pressure from the action.
- The Labrador retriever is the most popular breed in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.
- While humans have about 9,000 taste buds, dogs have only 1,700. (Fido might not really appreciate the subtle nuances of your steak marinade the way you imagine him to!)