Interesting Dog Facts

Puppy and dog facts

  • Puppies do not wag their tails until around 3 to 7 weeks of age. Vets believe this is due to the fact that they sleep so many hours and don't wag their tails when asleep. 

  • Dogs can learn and understand about 250 words such as the poodle, German shepherd, Border collie and Doberman Golden Retriever, although most commonly, average dogs understand 150 words.

  • Some dogs are talented to sniff out hypoglycemia and some other illnesses in humans. Many service dogs are trained to smell a contaminated drop of blood sugar levels, licking, pawing, barking and whining at its owner as a form of alert. These special dogs can are about 90 percent correct in detecting low or high blood sugar levels.

  • A dog's nose has 14 times as many scent cells as its human and 4 times more than a cat.

  • Lung cancer in a dog can cause a dog to limp. The cancer makes the leg bones develop new tissue that leads
    to pain and swelling in the legs. After treatment, the limping, pain and swelling diminish.

  • Many people name their pets as their primary beneficiary on their will.

  • All dogs except the Chow has a pink tongue; the Chow tongue is black.

  • The heaviest dog in history weighed 319 pounds and the longest living dog passed on at 29 years of age.

  • Since they have been domesticated for more than 10,000 years, the dog was the first domesticated pet for human owners.

  • Dogs can create about 100 various facial expressions, done mostly with their ears, and the can also produce about 10 varying vocal sounds.

  • There exist about 350 dog breeds in the world.

  • Internally, an appendix is not part of the dogs anatomy.

  • A dog can literally run up to about nineteen miles per hour.

  • The Dalmatian dog is born white and do not get their spots until they begin to mature.

  • Because of the swivel of their ears, dogs can pick up sounds in record time.

  • Dogs can be blood donors for other canines

  • It is a proven fact that pet owners live longer lives due to the effects of their pets on their stress levels. Owners also suffer lesser heart attacks.

  • When asked who they would want with them if stranded on a desert island, more than 50 percent of humans stated they would prefer their pet over another human.