Weird Facts About Dogs
Presidential Weird Dog Facts
President Johnson had 2 Beagles as family pets,whom he named Him and Her. He was greatly criticized after a photograph appeared of him picking them up by their ears.
President Roosevelt’s dog ripped off a French ambassador’s pants when he was visiting the White House. (How embarrassing!)
President Roosevelt left his dog in the Aleutian Islands by mistake and then ordered a destroyer ship to go and retrieve him ….this cost $15,000…this is thought to be the most expensive dog rescue that was ever done.
George Washington had 36 Foxhounds and 4 Coonhounds named Drunkard, Taster, Tipler and Tipsy.
Herbert Hoover bought a Belgian Shepherd dog during his campaign to improve his popularity ratings. He named the dog King Tut.
Physical Weird Dog Facts
The Lundehune breed has 6 toes.
There are 9 types of dog tails: bob, corkscrew, docked, flagpole, rat tail, natural, saber, plumed and sickle.
The Lundehune breed is able to purposefully close its ears.
Chihuahuas are born with Moleras (a soft area on the front of the skull just like human babies).
The Akita, Brussels Griffon, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, German Shorthaired Pointer, Irish Water Spaniel, Lab, Newfoundland, Portuguese Water Dog and the Spanish Water dog all have webbed feet…This is from years and years of being breed as hunting water retrieval dogs.
There is an Ugly Dog Contest that is held in California each year. For the past 7 years a Chinese Crested Hairless has won and a dog named Sam has won the most times with 3 wins in a row.
Poodles have traditionally had their tails shaved leaving a round, fluffy pon-pon on the very tip because people used to think that this helped them swim better. This style is still popular today. although many owners choose the easier to groom Puppy Cut.
Pomeranians should never be shaved. Their long, fluffy coats may never grow in the same again. They are meant to look like "balls of fur"
The Irish Wolfhound is the largest dog.
The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world.
The Saint Bernard is the heaviest of all dogs.
Chow Chows that are to be a cinnamon color are born grey, they will have a color change the by age of 3 weeks.
Dalmatians cannot process proteins and cannot eat beef, kidney, duck or liver without developing severe bladder stones.
Portuguese Water Dogs have toes that are webbed with a soft membrane covered with hair.
Whiskers are sensing devices. If a dog is able
to enter a small space head first, the whiskers will let him know if he will fit through. These special hairs are also sensitive to vibrations and a dog
can sense things with them that humans cannot.
Dogs wag their tails due to communication and/or involuntary bodily reaction. When scared or about to attack, a dog will automatically move its tail into a certain position, tucked under when afraid and stiff and alert when faced with a possible fight. When happy, it is relaxed and wagging.
Ability Weird Dog Facts
A dog can smell 1000 times better than a human.
The part of a dog’s brain that interprets odors is 4 times bigger than a humans.
They can be trained to understand up to 200 different words.
The Afghan is the most unintelligent breed.
The smartest dogs are the Poodle, Border Collie and the Golden Retriever.
A Greyhound once jumped 30 feet horizontal while chasing a hare.
They can see colors, it is similar to us seeing a twilight time.
They have excellent night time vision.
Dogs can be trained to sense when someone is about to have a seizure.
A dog can see their owner up to 1 mile away if that person is waving his or her hands.
Greyhounds have the most accurate eyesight out of all breeds.
Most can run 20 mph, Greyhounds can reach 45 mph…Compare this to a human’s average of 15 mph for short sprints or the cheetah’s 75 mph.
They have 18 separate muscles in their ears, allowing much more movement than a human.
Compared to a person who can detect sounds about 20 thousand times per second, a canine can do detect 30,000 sounds per second.
Historical Weird Dog Facts
There is a dog-worshipping sect that began long ago and still exists to this day...It is called the Brotherhood of the Essenes. The Essenes maintain that there are animal planes in the celestial kingdom from which one steps to the planes of knowledge. It is their view that animals have power of speech in the kingdom that they relinquish voluntarily as they journey through the gates of the Zodiac into Earth's sphere. According to their beliefs, dogs are beings without sin, sent to earth to test humans.
During ancient Roman time, Mastiff dogs were made to wear armor and then sent to fight next to an assigned knight.
Sadly, during World War II, dogs were trained by the Russians to perform suicide missions. They were trained to lay under tanks and they did this with timed bombs attached to them.
Basset Hounds are not able to swim at all, this is due mostly in part because of their very short legs.
In the UK during the 1600’s a lot of dogs drowned in heavy rains and this is where the saying “It’s raining cats and dogs” came from.
Dogs were domesticated about 15 thousand years ago.
In the year 1957, a dog named Laika was sent into outer space , but unfortunately there was no way to bring him home and he passed away out there. Laika’s had a litter of pups before being sent into space and 1 of the females produces a litter when paired with John F. Kennedy’s terrier.
The oldest breed that we know of is called the Saluki, owned by ancient Egyptians taught to be used as hunting dogs.
Rin –Tin- Tin was the first Hollywood dog star and even signed his own contracts by having his paw dipped into ink and then placed onto a paper in order to create a paw print.
Davy Crockett owned a dog who he named Sport
Carvings of dogs that resemble Greyhounds are in Egyptian tombs dating back to 2900 BC.
In 1911, a meteor struck Egypt landing squarely on a dog.
The Inuit dog breed were frequently bred with wolves to maintain the size and stamina of the breed.
Pregnancy and Breeding Weird Dog Facts
A female can become pregnant with puppies from 2 different males; this happens if she ties with both of them within a couple of days. Without DNA testing there will be no way to know which pup belongs to which sire.
The bones of the growing fetuses do not contain adequate calcium to be solidified to show up on x-rays until the 6 week mark.
Dogs do feel labor pain just as humans do.
Each growing puppy fetus is contained within its own placental water sac. Normally, this is intact around the pup as it is pushed out of the body. The dam (mother) then tears it open with her teeth and licks the pup to stimulate them to breathe air. She then, generally, will eat the sac and all fluids.
Males dogs, including the sire (father) of a litter, are capable of eating newborn puppies right after they are born if they are not isolated away from the room.
Owner to Pet Weird Dog Facts
The U.S. has the highest population of dog owners, France comes in second.
90% of owners report that their dog likes to watch TV with them.
It is proven that patting a dog lowers an owners blood pressure.
The bond between canine and human is stronger than with any other animal in the world.
1 out of 3 owners confess to leaving messages on their answering machines at home when their dog is there alone, done to help with Separation Anxiety issues.
The Portuguese dog often works as a helper to its fisherman owner...It does a remarkable job of guarding the fishing nets...if a fish tries to escape the dog will catch it in its jaws and swim back to its master with it.
The countries with the highest percentage of dog ownership are: the United States at 61.1 million dogs, Brazil with 30.1 million dogs, China at 22.9 million dogs, Japan with 9.7 million dogs kept as pets, Russia at 9.6 million, South Africa with 9.1 million dogs being owned, France with 8.1 million canine pets, Italy with 7.6 million dogs and Poland where 7.5 million dogs are kept as pets.
Trivial Weird Dog Facts
While dog history facts tell us that the dog evolved from the wolf, dogs owned by the North American Indians tended to be smaller than average, which leads many to conclude that those dogs descended from the coyote or the prairie wolf. Also, dogs in Africa, Asia and some parts of southeastern Europe resemble the jackals of those regions.
Of all European dogs, the German Shepherd is the most wolf-like, it was once known as the Alsatian Wolf Dog.
The Taco Bell dog with the male inserted voice is actually a female Chihuahua.
The Chow Chow is one of the most popular breeds, for FOOD!...they are considered to be a delicacy in certain areas of the Far East.
The dog seen on the side of Cracker Jack boxers is named Bingo.
About 1 million people worldwide name their dog as the top beneficiary when writing their wills.
No 2 noses are the same, they leave prints as unique as human fingerprints.
A female dog’s temperature will drop when she is ready to deliver her pups.
5 million puppies are born every year.
Dog owners spend roughly $45 billion a year on food and other canine needs.
9 billion tons of manufactured dog food was sold last year.
A pack of dogs can contain as little as just 2.
The real name of the dog in The Wizard Of Oz movie was Terry.
A dog’s mouth is not clean… it does hold bacteria.
Dogs are omnivores, this means that they need both meat, grains and veggies.
In England, the most frequently used guide dog for the sightless is the Yellow Labrador Retriever.
22% of dogs snore while sleeping.
Purebred Maltese dogs only come in 1 color: white
Chihuahuas can be found in 29 different colors or color combinations.
The Broholmer breed is only recognized in Denmark, its native country of origin.
Dangerous Weird Dog Facts
The dog that bites the most is the German Shepherd.
The dog that causes the most severe bite injuries is the Pit Bull.
Roughly 15 people succumb to dog bites each year in the United States.
In the year 2002, more people were killed by dogs than by sharks.
The #2 reason for being injured by a dog, aside from the #1 reason of biting, is when an owner trips over their pet.
Over 1,500 cases have been reported where toy sized dogs have either been attacked or taken away by owls and hawks.