Fascinating Facts: The History of Dogs

There is evidence to show that domesticated dogs date back as far as the first known human beings, and they have continued to be true friends, companions, and they remain virtuous symbols of faithfulness and love. There are many fascinating facts about dogs that will probably surprise you, and these facts are proof that dogs are truly the best friends of men, women, and children all over the world, as they have been for thousands of years. Dogs have a rich history that is unlike the history of any other domesticated animal.

– Dogs are noted in the Holy Bible fourteen times.

– Ancient Greek literature says that when Odysseus returned home in disguise after a twenty-year absence, his faithful old dog Argos was the only family member who recognized him. Argos wagged his tail and dropped dead after the long wait for his master.

– The Greyhound was bred in ancient Egypt more than 5,000 years ago, and prior to the ninth century in England, those in the upper class bred Greyhounds for hunting small game.

– The German first bred Seeing Eye dogs after the First World War to help blind war veterans.

– The common phrase, “It’s raining cats and dogs”, was coined in seventeenth century England. When heavy rains caused extensive flooding, and water turned streets into rivers, dogs and cats were sometimes caught in the current. It looked as if it had literally rained cats and dogs.

– Contrary to popular belief, the phrase, “Dog days of summer”, has nothing to do with canines. Ancient Romans believed that Sirius the Dog Star was responsible for the sweltering heat from the beginning of July to mid August. The Romans called this time period “The days of the dog”.

– One of the oldest breeds of dog is the Dachshund. This beautiful breed dates all the way back to ancient Egypt, but the name is a combination of two German words. Dachs means badger, and the word hund translates to hound.

– Another one of the oldest dog breeds is the Pekingese. Chinese emperors considered these dogs sacred for approximately 2,000 years.

– Marie Antoinette owned a spaniel she affectionately named Thisbe.

– Dogs are commonly seen in monuments to women. When a dog is lying at the feet of a woman, it symbolizes affection and fidelity in the same manner that a lion placed near the feet of a man symbolizes magnanimity and outstanding courage.


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