50 Fun and Fascinating Facts About Dogs


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Dogs are fun and fascinating creatures. In this article, you will learn 50 fun and fascinating facts about dogs. You may find a few that surprise you!

50 Dog Facts

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Dogs are the most popular pet in the world. There are estimated to be around 600 million dogs worldwide.

Dogs have been domesticated for at least 15,000 years.

The oldest dog ever was an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey who lived to be 29 years old.

A dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 times better than a human’s sense of smell.

The average lifespan of a dog is around 10-12 years. However, some breeds can live up to 20 years or more.

Dogs can see in both black and white and color.

Dogs have three eyelids: one for keeping the eye clean and two for blinking.

Dogs can hear sounds that are too high or low for humans to hear.

Dogs can swim very well and some can even paddle a kayak.

Dogs pant to cool themselves down. When they pant, they take in air and the coolness of the air lowers their body temperature.

Dogs have 42 teeth – 18 on the top and 24 on the bottom.

A dog’s mouth produces over 1,000 different types of bacteria. However, this is mostly harmless to dogs.

Puppies are born with blue eyes that change color as they age.

Dogs can see in the dark up to 20/75 vision.

Dogs’ ears swivel around so that they can pinpoint where a sound is coming from.

Dalmatians are the only breed of dog that cannot produce urine. All other breeds can urinate and defecate.

Dogs have two anal sacs that release a strong, musky scent when they are excited, scared, or angry.

A dog’s tail is used to communicate a variety of emotions, such as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and excitement.

Dogs eat grass to help them digest food and get rid of parasites.

Dogs can’t vomit.

A group of dogs is called a pack, a herd, or a flock.

Dogs wag their tails to the left when they are happy and to the right when they are feeling fearful or aggressive.

Male dogs lift their legs when they pee to mark their territory.

Dogs can’t taste sweet things.

Dogs have a special vocabulary of barks, growls, whimpers, and yelps that they use to communicate with each other.

Dogs can sense when a human is scared or sad and will often comfort them.

A dog’s heart beats between 70-140 times per minute, depending on its age and breed.

Dogs are able to swim due to the webbing between their toes.

The average adult dog drinks around 1 gallon of water per day.

Dogs can get sunburned and need sunscreen just like humans do.

Some dogs are allergic to wheat, corn, soy, beef, and other common food ingredients.

Dogs can suffer from separation anxiety when they are left alone for long periods of time.

A dog’s sense of touch is very sensitive. They can feel the slightest vibration and changes in air pressure.

Dogs have two types of hair: a soft undercoat for insulation and a tougher outer coat that protects them from the elements.

Dogs shed their hair constantly and will lose around 30-100 strands of hair per day.

Puppies start teething at around 2-3 months old and will have all their teeth by 6-7 months old.

Dogs can see in color, but their color vision is not as good as humans’.

Dogs are omnivores and can eat both meat and vegetable-based diets.

Some dogs are lactose intolerant and cannot digest milk or other dairy products.

Dogs have a higher body temperature than humans – around 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dogs have a third eyelid called the nictitating membrane which helps keep their eyes clean and moist.

Puppies start to learn how to pee and poop outside starting at just 2 weeks old.

A dog’s sense of taste is not as sensitive as a human’s, but they can distinguish between salty, sweet, sour, and bitter tastes.

Dogs can develop arthritis, diabetes, and other health problems just like humans can.

Dogs can be trained to do a variety of tricks, including rollover, play dead, shake hands, and fetch.

Some dogs are prone to getting “puppy breath” because their baby teeth don’t fall out until they are about 6 months old.

Dogs can suffer from bloat, a life-threatening condition that occurs when the stomach swells up and cuts off the blood supply.

Dogs have an average lifespan of 10-12 years. However, some breeds can live up to 20 years or more.

A dog’s nose is wet because it helps absorb scents from the environment.

Dogs are the most common pet in the world and there are estimated to be over 700 million of them worldwide.

Do you know any fun or interesting facts about dogs that we missed? Share them in the comments below! We hope you enjoyed these fun and fascinating facts about dogs.

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