A Man’s Best Friend

By  | July 6, 2018 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

The term “dog days” has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman times, when it was believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July 3 to August 11, creating exceptionally high temperatures.  Speaking of dogs just a few facts about Man’s Best Friend.

About 1/3 of the dogs that are surrendered to animal shelters are purebred dogs. The rest just want to be loved.  If a dog isn’t spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate and their offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in 6 years.

Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating. They sweat through the pads of their feet.   It was recently discovered that dogs do see in color, just not as vivid as we see.

Dogs may not have as many taste buds as we do (they have about 1,700 on their tongues, while we humans have about 9,000), but that doesn’t mean they’re not discriminating eaters. They have over 200 million scent receptors in their noses (we have only 5 million) so it’s important that their food smells good and tastes good. To eat that yummy food they have 42 teeth.

Did you know they were female? Toto’s role in The Wizard of Oz was played by a female Cairn Terrier named Terry, and the Taco Bell dog is actually a female Chihuahua named Gidget.  And former US President Teddy Roosevelt had a Pit Bull named Pete.

The Poodle haircut was originally meant to improve the dog’s swimming abilities as a retriever, with the pom-poms left in place to warm their joints.

The top five favorite breeds of dogs in the US are: Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Beagle, and Dachshund.  The Basenji is the only barkless dog in the world.

 

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