20+ Fun Facts About Dogs

There are hundreds of dog breeds and mix breeds in the world. Each dog has his own unique set of characteristics and personality.

Check out some of these interesting and fun facts about dogs.

Some dogs sniff out medical problems

Some dogs are incredible swimmers

Their nose and hearing are super sensitive

Newfoundlands are amazing lifeguards

A Greyhound could beat a Cheetah in a long distance race

30% of Dalmatians are deaf in one ear

The Saluki is the oldest dog breed

Puppies are born blind and deaf

Dogs get jealous

Petting dogs can lower your blood pressure

Dogs have a sense of time

The oldest dog lived to be 29, Australian cattle-dog named Bluey

Chocolate can be fatal

Basenjis are the only “barkless” dog in the world

Lassie was the first animal in the Animal Hall of Fame, in 1969

Dogs are direct descendants of wolves

Dogs dream like people

At about six inches, the Chihuahua is the shortest breed.

The heaviest breed, the Mastiff, weighs about 200 pounds.

Irish Wolfhounds, the tallest breed, are 30 to 35 inches tall.

Bonus Facts

Service dogs pee and poop on command and know when they’re on or off duty. (Mental Floss)

Dogs have 18 muscles controlling their ears, cats have 32, and humans have only 6 (DC Metro Vet)

Chihuahuas are born with an incomplete skull just like a human baby (Chihuahua Club of America). The soft spot is known as a molera in dogs and fontanelle in humans.

Did you know tripping over your dog is the second most likely way to get injured around hounds? Bites are the most common. (Washington Post).

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