Interesting Facts About Dogs

  • The Basenji is the only dog that cannot bark.
  • A dog’s pregnancy is 61-63 days.
  • Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears.
  • The Dalmatian is the only dog that gets gout.
  • Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.
  • A dog’s smell is estimated at 1 million times better than humans.
  • Dogs are responsible for most drug busts.
  • A dog’s heartbeat is 70-120 times per minute.
  • The average temperature of a healthy dog is 101 °F or 38 °C, however, the normal temperature of a healthy dog may range from 99 °F to 102.5 °F (37.2 °C–39.2 °C).
  • About one family in three owns a dog
  • The average dog has 42 permanent teeth.
  • A 50,000 year old cave painting in Europe seems to show a dog-like animal hunting with men.
  • The first dog show in the US was in Detroit, Michigan in 1857.
  • The World’s first dog show took place in Great Britain in 1859.
  • Twenty five percent of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  • The average number of litters a fertile dog produces is one a year; the average number of puppies in litters is between four and six.
  • About 75 million dogs are owned in the United States.
  • A dog, named Laika, was the first in space in 1957.
  • The oldest breed of dog is the Saluki.
  • The world’s smallest dog is the Chihuahua, which means “tiny dog in the sky.”

  • Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible, but domestic cats are not mentioned at all.
  • The coyote is a member of the dog family and its scientific name, “canis latrans” means barking dog.

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