Dogs and people have lived together for thousands of years and many people consider their dogs to be a part of the family. We share our homes with “man’s’ best friend” but how much do we really know about them? Here are some fun facts about dogs that every animal lover will enjoy learning!
o The greyhound is the fastest of all dogs and can run up to an amazing 45mph. Grey hound races are still a very popular sport in many states today.
o Dogs played a vital role in the beginning of the human space age and helped to make human space travel a possibility.
o The first dog to venture into space was named Laika and she was a part of the Russian space program in 1957.
o Dogs have also played an important part during war time. Used for many purposes, our canine friends have helped to provide many important services to our military including protecting military installations, helping to carry supplies to the battlefield and searching for hidden explosives.
o Chocolate contains an ingredient known as theobromine that is actually poisonous to dogs. Similar to caffeine, this bitter alkaloid can make a dog ill and even cause death.
o Thunderstorms and other loud noises scare dogs because of their very sensitive hearing. A canine can hear frequencies up to 35,000 HZ while a human can only register sounds up to 20,000 HZ.
o People live much longer than dogs. The average lifespan of a dog is approximately 10 years but the oldest dog known to us lived to the ripe old age of 29 years and 5 months.
o One of the most amazing fun facts about dogs is about their nose! Did you know that a dog’s nose print is as unique as our fingerprints? It’s true, a nose print could actually be used to identify dogs in the same manner that we use fingerprints for humans.
o Many people believe that dogs are colorblind but that is actually not the case. They can see colors just as well as we can. There are some indications however that a dog’s sight is similar to human sight during the relatively low light of dusk.
o The largest dog to walk on the planet was a big English Mastiff that weighed 343lbs and had a length of 8’ 3” from nose to tail.
o The Irish wolfhound and the Great Dane are the tallest breeds of dogs while the Yorkshire terrier and Chihuahua are among the smallest.
o The most unusual of all of the fun facts about dogs is that the Newfoundland has webbed feet to assist it when swimming but Basset Hounds cannot swim at all!
There are many other fun facts about dogs that you can learn about as well. Why not take the time to learn more about your favorite furry friend!