Dogs The most loyal pets

Fun Facts About Dogs

By Sara Krumpak

1. Is it a duck…or a dog? 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. It pays to be a lap dog. Three dogs (from First Class cabins!) survived the sinking of the Titanic – two Pomeranians and one Pekingese.

3. A Beatles hit. It’s rumored that, 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.

Puppies

4. Wow, check out those choppers! Puppies have 28 teeth and normal adult dogs have 42.

5. Chase that tail! Dogs chase their tails for a variety of reasons: curiosity, exercise, anxiety, predatory instinct or, they might have fleas! If your dog is chasing his tail excessively, talk with your vet.

6. Seeing spots? Or not… Dalmatian puppies are pure white when they are born and develop their spots as they grow older.

7. Dogs do dream! 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

Golden Retriever

8. No night vision goggles needed! Dogs’ eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark.

9.Yummy! Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. Humans have approximately 9,000 and cats have around 473.

10. If your dog’s acting funny, get out the umbrella! According to a Petside.com/Associated Press poll, 72% of dog owners believe their dog can detect when stormy weather is on the way.

11. It’s not a fever…A dog’s normal temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. How much do you know about dog health? Take our Doggy First Aid Quiz!

12. Is something wet? Unlike humans who sweat everywhere, dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet.

13. Here’s looking at you. 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.

14. Americans love dogs! 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 72.9 million homes

15. Move over Rover! 45% of dogs sleep in their owner’s bed (we’re pretty sure a large percentage also hog the blankets!)

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

—Josh Billings

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Why dogs are better than cats

1. Dogs make you laugh. A pilot study of 95 people found that dog owners laughed significantly more frequently than cat owners. Cats might even be a drag — even participants without pets reported laughing more than those who just owned cats.

2. Dogs help you make friends. "When I'm outside with my dog, I always meet new people and chat with them," one respondent said in a survey of 23 elderly dog owners who were single.

3. A dog's sense of smell can be useful. University of Pennsylvania researchers are currently training Golden Retrievers and German Shepards how to sniff out ovarian cancer.

4. Dogs keep us fit. Dogs need walks — which also encourages the owner to walk. Walking is a great form of exercise. "Older people with dogs are covering an average daily distance of approximately 0.95 miles," one study found.

5. Dogs help save endangered animals. Dogs are saving the world, one whale at a time. A black lab mix named Tucker, for example, has been trained to help scientists track killer whales by sniffing for their poop. By studying the whale feces, researchers can see how pollution is affecting certain whale populations.

6. Dogs are real-life heroes. Dogs are known for their discerning noses, which can be used to sniff out bombs, find missing persons, or track down criminals. Basically, dogs are four-legged crime fighters.

7. Dogs are loyal.

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