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.
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).