Dog Facts & Trivia

Dog Facts & Trivia

Dog Facts & Trivia- Everything about Dogs.

Erik's Dog Facts & Trivia

Based on an average life span of 11 years, the cost of owning a dog is $13,350.

Dogs only sweat from the bottoms of their feet, the only way they can discharge heat is by panting.

Dogs and wolves yawn as a sign of contentment.# It was recently discovered that dogs DO see in color, just not as vivid as the color that humans see.

Giving dogs chocolate could be fatal for them, because theobromine, an ingredient of chocolate, stimulates the central nervous system and cardiac muscle.

The most popular name for a dog is Max. Other popular names include Molly, Sam, Zach, and Maggie.

Cats have better memories than dogs.


Dogs can hear sounds that are too faint for us to hear, and also can hear noises at a much higher frequency than we can.

Dogs' eyes have large pupils and a wide field of vision, making them really good at following moving objects. Dogs also see well in fairly low light.

Every known dog except the chow has a pink tongue - the chow's tongue is jet black.

It has been established that people who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.# Most pet owners (94 percent) say their pet makes them smile more than once a day.

Seventy percent of people sign their pet's name on greeting cards and 58 percent include their pets in family and holiday portraits, according to a survey done by the American Animal Hospital Association.

The name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box is Bingo.

The phrase "raining cats and dogs" originated in 17th Century England. During heavy downpours of rain, many of these poor animals unfortunately drowned and their bodies would be seen floating in the rain torrents that raced through the streets. The situation gave the appearance that it had literally rained "cats and dogs" and led to the current expression.

The smallest breed of dog recognized by the American Kennel Club is the Chihuahua, which stands six to nine inches at the top of the shoulders and weighs two to six pounds. The largest is the Irish Wolfhound, which stands 30 to 35 inches at the top of the shoulders and weighs 105 to 125 pounds.

The smallest of the recognized dog breeds, the Chihuahua, is also the one that usually lives the longest. Named for the region of Mexico where they were first discovered in the mid-19th century, the Chihuahua can live anywhere between 11-18 years.

There are 701 types of pure breed dogs.

There are more than 100 million dogs and cats in the United States

Americans spend more than 5.4 billion dollars on their pets each year.

The oldest American breed is the American Foxhound. This dates back to 1650! Most domestic dogs are capable of reaching speeds of 32 km's per hour when running flat out but the members of the greyhound family may reach speeds up to 70 km's per hour.

A male dog urinates with one leg up to better mark his territory. The scent can tell him many things, including size and health. The size is judged by the height of the stain. Male dogs although, do not actually need to lift their leg.

According to tests made at the Institute for the Study of Animal Problems in Washington D.C., dogs and cats, like people, are either right-handed or left-handed; that is, they favor either their right or left paws.

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"A dog is man's best friend"
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