A dog’s heart beats between 70 and 120
times a minute, compared with a human heart which beats 70
to 80 times a minute.
Five (5) extra pounds on a dog is equal
to fifty (50) extra pounds on a human.
A dog’s normal body temperature is
100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
A female carries her young about 60
days before the puppies are born.
Puppies can't control their bladders
overnight until they are at least four (4) months old.
An adult dog has 42 teeth.
Puppies acquire a full mouth of
permanent teeth between four and seven months old.
It is a myth that dogs are color blind.
They can actually see in color, just not as vividly as
humans. It is akin to our vision at dusk.
Dogs do not have sweat glands, they
reduce their body heat by panting, through their ears, paw
pads, and groin. The shorter the nose the harder it is to
The world’s smartest dogs are thought
to be (1) the Border Collie, (2) the Poodle, (3) the German
Shepherd, and (4) the Doberman.
The world’s dumbest dogs are thought to
be (1) the Afghan Hound, (2) the Basenji, (3) the English
Bulldog, and (4) the Chow Chow.
Dogs can smell about 1,000 times better
than humans. While humans have 5 million smell-detecting
cells, dogs have more than 220 million. The part of the
brain that interprets smell is also four times larger in
dogs than in humans.
Dogs’ sense of hearing is more than ten
times more acute than a human’s
Dogs were the first animals
domesticated by people.
A greyhound can run as fast as 45 miles
Small dogs live the longest. Toy breeds
live up to 16 years or more. Larger dogs average is 7 - 12
A dog’s whiskers are touch-sensitive
hairs called vibrissae. They are found on the muzzle, above
the eyes and below the jaws, and can actually sense tiny
changes in airflow.
If your notice your dog scratching its
ears, it doesn't necessarily have fleas. It could have any
number of issues including ear mites, yeast, etc and should
be seen by your vet.
Many dogs are mildly allergic to
perfumed scented shampoos. Consider using a mild oatmeal
based shampoo when bathing your dog or you may end up with
an itchy pup!
If you notice your dog having an
unusually foul odor, don’t assume he or she is not clean.
She may have an ear or skin infection. The smell of
infection is somewhat comparable to vomit and mildew.
Some dogs need their anal glands
expressed or else you may witness a "scooting" behavior
where they rub their behinds on the ground. This is a simple
procedure that can be done by most groomers or at your
Dogs with deep wrinkles, such as
English Bulldogs and Shar-pei, need to be washed daily. Dirt
can build up leading to odor or infection.
The average dog's mouth exerts 150 to
200 pounds of pressure per square inch. Some dogs can apply
up to 450 pounds.
A one-year-old dog is physically as
mature as a 15 year-old human.
Dogs are omnivorous. They need more
than just meat to flourish.
It has been established that people who
own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart
The densest part of a dog, muscle and
tissue, is the neck. It can be compared to the buttocks of a
human for tissue density.