25 Interesting Pup Facts You Didn’t Know
A list of 25 interesting canine facts and references found in our modern lives
1. The Newfoundland breed has a water resistant coat and webbed feet. This dog was originally bred to help haul nets for fishermen and rescuing people at risk of drowning.
2. At the end of the Beatles song, “A Day in the Life,” Paul McCartney recorded an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, just for his Shetland sheepdog.
3. Puppies have 28 teeth and normal adult dogs have 42.
4. Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage dogs can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming.
5. Dogs’ eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark by reflecting and enhancing low levels of ambient light.
6. A large breed dog’s resting heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats between 100-140. Comparatively, a resting human heart beats 60-100 times per minute.
7. Dogs have three eyelids, an upper lid, a lower lid and the third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” which helps keep the eye moist and protected.
8. A dog’s normal temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
9. 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 72.9 million homes. Also, 45% of dogs sleep in their owner’s bed.
10. Dogs’ noses secrete a thin layer of mucous that helps them absorb scent. They then lick their noses to sample the scent through their mouth.
11. A Dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 – 100,000 times more acute than that of humans.
12. Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. Humans have approximately 9,000 and cats have around 473.
13. It’s a myth that dogs only see in black and white. In fact, it’s believed that dogs see primarily in blue, greenish-yellow, yellow and various shades of gray.
14. In addition to sweating through their paw pads, dogs pant to cool themselves off. A panting dog can take 300-400 breaths per minute (compared to his regular 30-40) with very little effort.
15. With patience and understanding you can teach any old dog new tricks, depending on what you are trying to teach, or un-teach the dog, which is usually more difficult. Dogs can learn at any age, and like humans, it’s just old habits that are hard to break.
16. An estimated 1 million dogs in the United States have been named the primary beneficiary in their owner’s will.
18. Many celebrities take their dogs to work, mainly to keep them company and help them relieve stress. Here we see Anne Hathaway with her Chocolate Lab, Esmerelda, on the set of “The Intern” and Serena Williams with her Yorkie pup, Chip, in-between tennis sets.
19. Dogs have about 10 vocal sounds but about 100 different facial expressions; most of them made with the ears.
20. Dogs do not have an appendix.
21. Most domestic dogs are capable of reaching speeds up to about nineteen miles per hour when running at full speed.
22. The smallest breed of dog is the Chihuahua and the largest breed is the Irish Wolfhound.
23. Unlike humans, who carry babies for 40 weeks, female dogs carry their young for only 60 days. The puppies develop rapidly inside the mother during this time.
24. All dogs on the planet are believed to have descended from a species called the Tomarctus. This creature existed more than 15 million years ago and looked very similar to current-day canines.
25. 56% of dog owners and 42% of cat owners bought holiday gifts for their pets last year.