20 Dog Facts for National Dog Day
August 26, 2015
Carrington College loves dogs!
- Newfoundlands have a water resistant coat and webbed feet. They were originally bred to help haul nets for fishermen and rescue people from drowning.
- Paul McCartney recorded an ultrasonic whistle only dogs can hear at the end of the Beatles song, “A Day in the Life.”
- Why do dogs chase their tails? Sometimes it is because they’re curious or they need exercise, but it can also be a sign of anxiety or fleas! If your dog does it a lot, talk to your vet.
- Seeing spots… or not! Dalmatian puppies are born pure white and develop their spots as they get older.
- Do dogs dream? Yup! Dogs and humans have the same kind of sleep cycles. That twitching and paw movements are signs your pet is dreaming.
- Hot dog! A dog’s normal temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit!
- Speaking of hot… did you know dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet?
- A dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 – 100,000 times better than yours.
- Why do they do that? When dogs kick after going to the bathroom, they’re using the scent glands on their paws to further mark their territory.
- Dogs curl up in a ball when they sleep because of an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and protect their vital organs from predators.
- The average dog is as smart as a two-year-old child.
- There’s a dog shaped building in New Zealand.
- If they weren’t spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate and their puppies could produce over 66,000 dogs in 6 years!
- Just like humans, Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot on their heads that closes as they get older.
- The breed Lundehune has 6 toes and can close its ears.
- Teddy Roosevelt’s dog, Pete, ripped a French ambassador’s pants off at the White House.
- An estimated 1 million dogs in the U.S. have been named as the primary beneficiaries in their owner’s will.
- Dog’s nose prints are as accurate as human fingerprints and can be used to identify them.
- The phrase “raining cats and dogs” came from 17th century England when it’s believed that many cats and dogs drowned during heavy periods of rain.
- The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts offer merit badges in dog care.
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