Interesting Dog Facts
Article written by Nancy Settecasi
Dog facts are interesting tidbits of information which help you understand dogs a little bit better. Dog facts can also be useful in helping us eradicate those annoying little habits dogs have or can help us prolong our dog’s life. There’s always something new to learn in regards to raising a happy and healthy pup.
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Here are a few interesting facts about dogs:
A puppy should not be taken from its mother until it is a least 12 weeks old. If taken earlier, you run the risk of illness or even death because the dog is still too weak to be on its own.
There are over 700 different types of pure breed dogs in existence.
The smallest dogs are the Chihuahua, the Yorkshire Terrier and the Toy Poodle.
Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.
The average dog lives to about 15 years of age.
Dogs have 42 adult teeth.
The smartest dog is the border collie; with the poodle coming in second; and third is the golden retriever.
The St. Bernard is the heaviest dog breed.
A dog’s heart beats between 70 and 120 times a minute, whereas a human heart beats 70 to 80 times a minute.
A greyhound can run as fast as 45 miles an hour .
Chocolate and onions are harmful to your dog.
A dog’s normal temperature should be between 101 to 102.5 °F
Newfoundlands have webbed feet, which makes them great swimmers.
Bassets can’t swim because their legs are too short.
A dog’s pregnancy last about 60 days.
Females dogs experience their first menstrual cycle between 6 and 12 months of age.
A dog’s heart beats between 70 and 120 times a minute.
The tallest dogs are the Great Dane and the Irish Wolfhound.
A dog’s sense of smell is about 1000 times better than a person’s.
A dog’s hearing is 10 times better than a human’s.
Dalmatians have no spots when they’re born.
Chow Chows have blue-black tongues and gums.
Spaying/neutering your dog before the age of 6 months can help prevent cancer in your dog.
Puppies acquire a full mouth of permanent teeth between four and seven months old.