Interesting Facts about Dogs

by BalaRekha 2011-08-02 10:44:17



• The Antpitta avis canis Ridgley is a bird species that barks like a dog.
• The Dalmatian dog is named for the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, where it is believed to have been originally bred.
• Boxers were named after their habit of playing. At the beginning of play with another dog, a Boxer will stand on his hind legs and 'box' at his opponent.
• All dogs are the descendant of the wolf that lived in eastern Asia about 15,000 years ago.
• The name of the Taco Bell dog is Gidget.
• The real name of Toto the dog in "The Wizard Of Oz" was Terry.
• A dog by the name of Laika was launched into space aboard the Russian spacecraft Sputnik 2 in 1957.
• In England, the most commonly used guide dog for the blind is the Yellow Labrador Retriever.


• Dogs sweat through the pads of their feet.
• Philip Gilbert Hamerton, English art writer and landscape painter, noted, "If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering, outspoken, honest fellow — but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much."
• The dog name “Fido” is from Latin and means “fidelity.”
• An city dog lives on average three years longer than an country dog.
• A dog's nose has over 200 scent receiving cells.
• The greyhound breed was developed in Egypt about 5,000 years ago.
• Marie Antoinette’s dog was a spaniel named Thisbe.
• There is a doggy disco held in Italy every year where owners can dance with their dogs.


• 21% of dogs and 7% of cats snore.
• Greyhounds have the best eyesight of any breed of dog. Today the dog is widely used in racing.
• The ingredient Theobromine in chocolate can be lethal to dogs.
• A dog was killed by a meteor at Nakhla, Egypt, in 1911.
• 33 percent of dog owners admit that they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave them messages on an answering machine.

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