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21 Facts About Dogs to Quench Your Curiosity

December 13, 2019 3 min read

The Greyhound can outrun the Cheetah in a long-distance race

We humans love our dogs with every fiber of our being. We are enchanted by their enthusiasm, loyalty, and dedication to us. That’s why we’re intrigued to learn everything about them.

To quench your curiosity, here are 21 facts about your four-legged friend that you might not know about.

  1. The Greyhound can outrun the Cheetah in a long-distance race. Greyhounds can maintain a speed of 56 km/h (35 mph) for up to 11 km (7 mi). Whereas the Cheetah, who would win the sprint, can only keep their top speed for about 200 meters.

 Lhasa Apso dogs

  1. If you’ve ever wondered why the Ewoks in Star Wars remind you of a dog, here is the answer: The creator, George Lucas, fashioned these creatures from Lhasa Apso dogs. Mystery solved!

 Saluki

  1. The Saluki might be the oldest domesticated dog breed we know of. The Saluki was the royal dog of Egypt and it has been around since Alexander the Great invaded India in 329 BC.

 

  1. You and your dog will release the same “love hormone” (oxytocin) when you pet your four-legged friend. Oxytocin, amongst other benefits, makes you feel calm and also counters the effects of cortisol, which is otherwise known as the stress hormone.

 Dachshund

  1. The Dachshund also known as the sausage dog, was bred to do what they are named after, which is in fact, hunting badgers. In German, Dachshund translates to “badger dog.”

 

  1. If your dog suffers from mild separation anxiety, you can try to leave some of your recently worn, unwashed clothes. The scent might help to soothe your dog’s anxiety.

 

  1. Curling up in a ball while sleeping is a basic instinct of dogs. It served two main purposes: Maintain body heat as they used to sleep outside and to protect the most vulnerable area, the belly, from potential predators.

 

  1. You probably already had a hunch that having a dog with you can help you get a date, but here are the actual numbers: In one study, having a dog when asking a girl for her number increased the guy’s chances by 23%.

 Labrador Retriever

  1. For nearly 29 years, Labradors have been the most registered dog breed in America. The German Shepherd has been the second most popular spot.

 

  1. The British Kennel Club acknowledges 211 dog breeds and classified these into 7 groups: Utility, Toy, Hound, Gundog, Terrier, Working, and Pastoral.

 

  1. The majority of dog breeds come from England, followed by Germany, and then the United States, according to Dog-Breed-Atlas

 

  1. The average dog can learn up to 165 words. However, the Border Collie Chaser has a stunning vocabulary of more than 1.000 words.

 

  1. Small puppies, just like human babies and kids can become cranky or hyper when sleepy.

 

  1. Have you ever wondered which dog breeds bark the most? Here is the answer: Miniature Schnauzer, Dachshund, German Shepherd, Basset Hound, Chihuahua and Terriers in general.

 

  1. The Top 5 smartest dog breeds that learn a new command in under 5 exposures are Border Collie, Poodle, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, and Doberman Pinscher.

 

  1. If you are allergic to dogs you might find more luck with these hypoallergenic breeds: Afghan Hound, Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested, Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer.

 Chihuahua

  1. Chihuahua puppies, just like human newborns, are born with a soft spot (molera) in their skull, which closes up as they get older.

 Corgi

  1. The origin of the name Corgi is Welsh and has an equivalent meaning to dwarf dog.

 Basenji

  1. The Basenji is the only dog unable to bark. But this doesn’t mean this dog breed is silent. Basenji makes a yodel-sound instead.

 

  1. To make other dogs think they are bigger, small dogs try to raise their legs higher when they pee. This leaves their scent higher up trees and poles.

 

  1. The smell of other dog’s pee tells your dog whether that dog is male or female, if they are spayed or neutered, whether they are healthy, their stress level, and even their social status.

 

You might have known this all along, but a recent study has revealed that dogs are selfless and will help other animals without benefit to themselves.


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