Fascinating Facts about Dogs…

            Some facts you may not know about our four legged friends
Its estimated that the annual amount dog owners spend on their animal is £1,183

Dogs can understand up to 250 words and gestures, making them as bright as a 2 year old child

There is rarely such a thing as a naughty dog, most bad behaviour is down to a misunderstanding between owner and dog, most can be resolved with a little common sense and ingenuity

Dogs do not enjoy being hugged as it is a sign of being dominated

Dogs eyes have special features that enable them to see in the dark

Dogs sweat only through the pads of their feet

Some dogs are thought to have a 6th sense, giving them an ability to telepathically sense human mood and events

Dogs have hotter body temperatures than humans…their average temperature is between 101 and 102 f

Dogs have a relatively poor sense of taste, compared to humans … their tongues having considerably less taste buds than humans

You can distinguish between excited barks and more distressed barks because they are sharp, mid-range yaps often accompanied with jumping and tail wagging

When a dog wags its tail more to the right, it’s a sign of happiness, while a left leaning wag indicates anxiety

Humans tend to project human emotions onto dogs, because we struggle to understand the world from their perspective

Dogs see predominantly in blue, yellow and shades of grey…not black and white!

For humans a love of dogs is often forged in the earliest years of life

Dogs ears are very expressive…there are more than a dozen separate muscles controlling a dog’s ear movements

Dogs have wet noses to assist absorbency of scents

Dogs are trained to show up medical changes in the human body – for example Diabetic Alert Dogs warn of any drop in a humans’ insulin levels 

Dogs are increasingly being used to assist people suffering from Alzheimers and Dementia  

Dogs cool themselves by panting… by taking 300/400 breaths a minute compared to a normal 30/40

Dogs should not eat grapes, raisins, chocolate, cooked onions or anything with caffeine

The French poodle originated in Germany

The Labrador breed originated in Newfoundland

In a fight between dogs, the battle will come to an end when one dog submits, by rolling on its back and
showing its throat

The oldest images of dogs are over 12,000 years old and were found in cave paintings in Spain!

In Renaissance period artworks the dog was depicted in many paintings as a symbol of fidelity and loyalty

The basenji is the world’s only barkless dog

The practice of docking goes back to the Roman Empire

The smallest dog on record was a Yorkshire terrier, it measured 2.5” height and weighed 4 ounces

The first Guide dogs for the blind were trained by the Germans after WW1 to help blinded soldiers

A dog can hear sounds emitted 4 times further than humans

The first identifiable dog breed appeared around 9000bc…it was greyhound type dog used for hunting

There are an estimated 80 million dogs in the USA, over 80% of which are spayed or neutered

It is much easier for dogs to learn spoken commands when accompanied by hand movements

Stroking dogs is scientifically proven to lower blood pressure

Greyhounds are the fastest dogs and can run at speeds of circra 45 mph

The world’s largest dog in 2016 is a Great Dane measuring 8ft in height

The most popular breed in UK is the Labrador

In the US, research indicates that some 70% of dog owners send greeting cards, sign cards on behalf of themselves and their dog/s 

Dogs can smell 1,000 times better than humans

Male dogs raise their legs when urinating to appear large and intimidating

The best dog to attract a date is a golden retriever

The name Corgi – is in fact welsh, for ‘dwarf’ dog

30% of all Dalmatians are deaf in one or both ears

In the US the Labrador / Retriever has been the most popular breed continually for the past 25 years (AKC)

The most intelligent dogs are believed to be the border collie and the poodle

No one in Iceland is allowed a pet dog

The largest recorded dog was an old English mastiff weighing 343 pounds (1/6 of a ton)

There are more than 700 pure dog breeds

Dogs have around 100 facial expressions

The group howl is a dog bonding experience

Dogs like humans enjoy touching one another, which is why they live so well together

Dogs bark when they are bored, anxious or excited as well as on the approach of a stranger

An attacking dog is silent

Newfoundland dogs have web feet to help them swim

Dogs chew bones to strengthen and clean their teeth

The golden retriever was bred in Scotland for hunting

Puppies sleep 90% of the time for their first few weeks

Dogs turn in circles before laying down to instinctively turn long grass into a bed

A dog has 42 teeth requiring specific care

As a dog matures it is important to tailor their nutrition to their age

The average city dog lives 3 years longer than a country dog

Bassett hounds cannot swim

Obesity is the number one health problem for dogs

Dogs have no sense of time

The smallest breed is the Chihuahua

According to the latest figures, dog attacks on humans in the UK, requiring hospitalisation have risen 76% over the past decade, with under tens most effected. Most cases of dog bites or attacks are not the fault of the animal, but of the feckless owner – lack of exercise,
leaving it alone for hours on end or treating it like a toy