Cool Dog Facts: #1 thru #10

Most Popular Dog Breed

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The Labrador Retriever has been on the AKC’s top 10 most popular breeds list for 25 consecutive years—longer than any other breed. They are the most popular dog breed in Canada, U.S. and Great Britain.

In The Bed?

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Forty-five percent of U.S. dogs sleep in their owner’s bed.

How Smart Are Dogs?

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Dogs are about as smart as a two- or three-year-old child. This means they can understand about 150-200 words, including signals and hand movements with the same meaning as words.

Yummy In The Tummy!

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Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. Humans have approximately 9,000 and cats have around 473.

I'm On The Phone

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One survey reports that 33% of dog owners admit they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on the answering machines while they are away for their pets to hear their voice.

Grieving

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The grief suffered after a pet dog dies can be the same as that experienced after the death of a person.

Just Kick It!

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When dogs kick backward after going to the bathroom it’s not to cover it up, but to further mark their territory, using the scent glands on their paws.

They Are Ancient

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Greyhounds appear to be the most oldest dog breed. “Greyhound” comes from a mistake in translating the early German name Greishund, which means “old (or ancient) dog,”. It is not because of the color gray.

See Spot or Not?

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Dalmatian puppies are born pure white when they are born and develop their spots as they grow older.

Talk About A Large Family!

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In seven years time, one female dog and her female children could produce 4,372 puppies!