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It’s a Dog Life – 20 Astounding Facts About Dogs

Our beautiful beasts are nothing less than family, loving, loyal, and always finding ways to surprise you.
We’ve brought together 25 of the most amazing facts so sit back, enjoy, and reward your beautiful beast with a treat or 2 for being truly special.

  1. The pom pom look of the famous Poodle cut was originally to improve the dogs swimming abilities. The pom poms were left behind to help keep their joints warm.
  2. Across the globe, there are more than 800 different breeds of our beautiful beasts.
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  3. Out of those dog owners surveyed, 4 out of 10 will buy their beloved companion a Christmas present this December, but 7 out of 10 owners will sign their dog’s name on their Christmas cards – I think there are a few dogs out there then who need a quiet word with Santa!
  4. Toto in the Wizard of Oz, his real name was Terry.
  5. More closely related to the wolf than the German Shepherd is the Pug.
  6. Only Dogs and Humans have prostate glands.
  7. Watch your dog when you play ‘A Day in the Life’ by the Beatles, at the end is a section in a frequency added just for our beloved beasts to hear.
  8. A Bloodhounds sense of smell is so precise it can be admitted into court as evidence.
  9. Greyhounds are fast, we know this, but did you know they can keep up a speed of 35mph for up to 7 miles!
  10. The Appalachian Trail starting in Springer Mountain Georgia stretches more than 2,190 miles across 14 different states. In 1990 a blind man Bill Irwin and his dog Orient completed the trail within 8 months!
  11. Dogs have a wet squidgy nose to collect more of the tiny droplets of smell chemicals in the air. Each nose print for every dog is unique like our fingerprints.It's a Dog Life - 20 Astounding Facts About Dogs 2
  12. Dogs can also smell emotion, such as fear, sadness or anxiety. They detect the flight or flight hormone adrenaline. When heart rates increase they can also smell the chemicals that are pushed towards our skin surface. You can’t hide your feelings from a dog!
  13. It’s thought the noisest dogs are the Beagle and the Collie, whereas the quietest are the Akbash and the Basenji (the Basenji doesn’t bark at all, instead they yodel – but quietly it seems!)
  14. The Collie is also on the list of the cleverest dogs along with the Poodle.
  15. What is a group of Pugs called? … A ” Grumble”.
  16. The oldest living dog was Bluey an Australian cattle dog who made it to 29 years of age, that 160 in human years!
  17. Now that the mornings are getting crisper, in Ancient China they had a way to deal with that, they kept warm by putting dogs (we’re assuming small ones) up their sleeves.
  18. The Norwegian Lundehound is the only dog to have 6 toes on each foot, and also the ability to tip its head back to touch its own backbone.
  19. George Lucas modelled the lovable Ewoks on his family dog.It's a Dog Life - 20 Astounding Facts About Dogs 3
  20. It’s estimated that over 1 million dogs in the US are primary beneficiaries in their owner’s will. We really do see them as family.




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