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15 Amazing Facts About Dogs

Here are 15 facts about dogs that I think you’ll enjoy.  They were originally listed in the Doggie Buddy blog on November 15, 2013.  Some I knew and some I didn’t.  I was glad to come across them because they answer a few questions my wife and I had about doggie eye sight.

Dogs are amazing creatures, and we’re constantly learning more about them every day! From the smallest at 4 ounces to the largest at 343 lbs, dogs are incredibly diverse and perform so many jobs. So here are 50 dog facts that are some of our favorites. I bet you didn’t know all of them!

1) The smallest known adult dog was a Yorkshire Terrier that was only 2.5 inches at the shoulder, and weighed only 4 ounces.

2) The largest dog was an English Mastiff who weighed 343 pounds.

3) The tallest dog is a great dane that stands 44 inches at the shoulder.

4) In 2001, it was estimated that there are approximately 400 million dogs in the world.

5) In Old England, the word “hound” was used to refer to all types of dogs.

6) The process of birthing puppies is called “whelping.”

7) The famous nickname, “man’s best friend,” is used in many other languages as well as English.

8) Dog’s don’t see in black-and-white, they have 2 color receptors, and can see yellow and blue.

9) Dog’s definitely don’t see like hawks. They have very poor eyesight, but can distinguish movement 10-20 times better than humans.

10) Even with their poor eyesight, dogs can still see better at night than humans do.

11) Most dogs have 18 or more muscles to tilt, rotate, and move their ears.

12) While not the best when it comes to sight, dogs have a keen sense of hearing, and can hear sounds at 4 times the distance of humans.

13) At the age of 4 weeks, most dogs have developed the majority of their vocalizations.

14) Most dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures.

15) A Border Collie named Chaser has learned the names of 1,022 toys, and can retrieve each by name.

For 35 more amazing facts about dogs, go to the Doggie Buddy Blog

Source: Doggie Buddy Blog

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