Dogs – Things you Might Not Know

– Dogs can sense many health problems in humans. They can naturally tell when a child has autism, and they can also be trained to predict epileptic seizures.

– Each year, more money is spent on dog food than on baby food, totaling in the billions of dollars!

– Like humans, dogs can be either left-handed or right-handed.

– Every breed of dog descends from the wolf species. This means that all breeds, from the largest Great Dane to the smallest Chihuahua, can breed successfully.

– The oldest documented dog was an Australian Cattle Dog. He was 29 years and 5 months old when he was put to sleep.

– Dogs sweat through the pads on their paws.

– Like humans, dogs have a complete set of baby teeth that are replaced by a complete set of adult teeth as they get older.

– The greyhound is documented as early as 6000 years ago in Egypt. The greyhound is the fastest dog, reaching speeds over 40 miles per hour.

– There are more than 700 types of pure bred dogs.

– Many owners list their dogs as a beneficiary in their will. About one million dogs have been the primary beneficiary in the will of their owner.

– Dogs rely more on smell than taste to identify their food. In fact, dogs have less than one-fifth of the taste buds that humans have.

– Dogs have the ability to sense changes in static electricity and barometric pressure. Because of this, dogs can often predict changes in the weather.

– No one in Iceland is allowed to have a pet dog.

– The largest documented dog was an Old English Mastiff that weighed 343 pounds and measured more than 8 feet long.

– A dog’s nose works one million times better than a human’s nose.

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  1. Another interesting, but sad, fact: more than 50,000 animals are abandoned each year according to the ASPCA. That’s almost double the entire population of Juneau, Alaska.

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