Fascinating facts about dogs

• The Dalmatian is the only dog that gets gout.

• Giant George, a 4 yr old gray Great Dane from Tucson, Arizona was named the “World’s Tallest Living Dog” and “Tallest Dog Ever” by Guinness World Records. He’s 43″ tall and 245lbs (111 kg).

• A dogs sweat glands are found between their toes.

• First place for the country with the greatest dog population goes to U.S. Second place goes to France.

• Newfoundlands, a breed of dog, are excellent swimmers because they have webbed feet.

• Chow-chow and Shar-pei dog breeds have a blue-black tongue.

• French poodles actually originated in Germany. Poodle means “splashing dog” in German.)
• While humans have an astonishing 5 million olfactory receptors, some breeds of dogs actually have over 200 million!

• The long droopy ears of a bloodhound did not evolve to help them hear better, but to stir the air and waft scent past their keen noses.

• Chihuahuas are the only breed of dog to be born with an incomplete skull. Like human babies, chihuahuas have moleras, or a soft spot in their skulls, that fill in with age.

• World-wide, unvaccinated dogs are the number one transmitters of the rabies virus.

• Since most dogs in the USA get vaccinated, rabies is predominantly a wildlife problem. Stats show raccoons have the largest number of rabies cases in a species.

• The dumbest dog in the world is the Afghan Hound

• Police dogs were first used in 1816 in Scotland.

• If you were to remove the scent receptors from a dog’s nose and lay them out flat, they would cover an area greater than the dog itself.

• An average city dog lives approximately three years longer than an average country dog.

• Bloodhounds have been used since the 1600’s for tracking criminals.

• The largest dog in the world is the Irish Wolfhound

• The Basenji dog is the only dog that is not able to bark.

• The Chihuahua was named after the Mexican state where they were discovered.

• The moisture that is on the tip of a dog’s nose helps the dog detect odours.

• Pixie, a Siberian Husky, gave birth to 7 puppies, one of which was bright green.

• In 2002, dogs have killed more people in the U.S. than the Great White shark has killed in the past 100 years.

• All dogs are the descendant of the wolf. These wolves lived in eastern Asia about 15,000 years ago.

• Irish Wolfhound dogs have a short lifespan and live about 7-8 years.

• About 30% of Americans admit to talking to their dogs or leaving messages on their answering machines for their dogs while they are away.

• If you were to remove the scent receptors from a dog’s nose and lay them out flat, they would cover an area greater than the dog itself.

• In the United States, every year about 15 people die from dog bites.

• In the world, the United States and France have the most pet dogs. Approximately one out of every three families has a pet dog. Switzerland and Germany are the lowest only having one dog per every ten families.

• The dog with the largest ears in the world is a Basset Hound named Mr. Jeffries. The dog’s ears are 11.5 inches longs, and are insured for $47,800.

• Nose prints are used to identify dogs, much like humans use fingerprints.

• The name of the Taco Bell dog is Gidget.

• There is a dog art museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

• Some dogs can be trained to detect an upcoming epileptic seizure.

• Dalmation puppies do not have any spots on them when they are born. They actually develop them as they get older.

• Approximately 87% of dog owners say that when they watch T.V. their dog curls up beside them or at their feet.

• There is a doggy disco held in Italy every year where owners can dance with their dogs.

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