Interesting Facts on Dogs

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  • A dog’s vision becomes fully developed after the first month.

  • Dogs are not color blind, as is commonly believed. They can see in the same colors as humans, only not as vividly.

  • A dog that isn’t neutered has the ability to have more than 66, 000 dogs in a six year span.

  • A dog that is only a year old is physically as mature as a 15-year-old person.

  • The largest dog population in the world is in the United States, followed by France.

  • On average, a city dog lives three years more than country dogs do.

  • When born, Chihuahuas are similar to human babies, in that they are born with a soft area in their skull, that eventually closes with time.

  • Dog bites kill an average of 15 people a year in the United States.

  • Basset Hound dogs aren’t able to swim.

  • Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the bible.

  • The fastest dogs are Greyhounds, which can run up to 46 miles an hour.

  • Dogs can save lives by being able to be trained to detect seizures in epileptic patients.

  • The favorite dog breed for people in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States is the Labrador Retriever.

  • The number one health risk for dogs is obesity.

  • Approximately one million dogs have been named as the main beneficiaries in their owner’s will, in the United States.

  • 33 percent of dog owners have admitted to talking to their dogs on the phone, or even leaving messages for them when they aren’t home, according to an American Animal Hospital Association poll.

  • Dog’s can be accurately identified by their nose prints, which are as distinct as fingerprints on humans are.

  • Dogs do not have any sense of time.

  • The Saint Bernard dog is the heaviest breed.

  • Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog in the world.

  • Irish Wolfhounds are the largest dog breed in the world.

  • Dogs have been kept as pets by people for more than 12, 000 years.

  • Dogs are the only other animals besides humans to have prostates.

  • Dachshund dogs were first bred for fighting badgers.

  • There are 703 known purebred dog breeds.

  • The Saluki is considered the oldest dog breed, and was originally trained by Egyptians to aid them in hunting.

  • The Basenji is the only dog known in the world that can’t bark and it is an African wolf dog.

  • A dog’s sense of smell is more than 100, 000 times as sensitive as that of a human.

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