- 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.
- Much like a person’s fingerprint, a dog’s nose print is unique.
- Human blood pressure goes down when petting a dog. And so does the dog’s.
- When dogs kick after going to the bathroom, they are using the scent glands on their paws to further mark their territory.
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- All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbear of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.
- A group of pugs is called a “grumble.”
- While cats have around only 473 taste buds, dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. Humans have approximately 9,000.
- Puppies have 28 teeth and normal adult dogs have 42. They’re also blind and deaf at birth.
- Some dogs can smell dead bodies under water, where termites are hiding, and natural gas buried under 40 feet of dirt. They can even detect cancer that is too small to be detected by a doctor and can find lung cancer by sniffing a person’s breath.
- Dogs can smell about 1,000-10,000 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’ noses secrete a thin layer of mucous that helps them absorb scent. They then lick their noses to sample the scent through their mouth.
- Dogs’ eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark.
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- The average dog can run about 19 mph. Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on Earth and can run at speeds of 45 mph.
- Zorba, an English mastiff, is the biggest dog ever recorded. He weighed 343 pounds and measured 8’ 3″ from his nose to his tail.
- It costs approximately $10,000 to train a federally certified search and rescued
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