- 1. the dog’s nose is moist to aid the absorption of odour chemicals
- 2. newfoundlanders are amazing lifeguards
- 3. the Beatles song ‘Ein Tag im Leben’ has a frequency only dogs can hear
- 4. three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic
- 5. a bloodhound’s sense of smell can be used as evidence in court
- 6. the biggest dog in the world is 44 inches tall
- 7. basenji dogs do not bark, they yodel
- 8. a greyhound could beat a cheetah in a long-distance race
- 9. a blind man and his guide dog walked the Appalachian Trail
- 10. The Ewoks in Star Wars were based on a dog
- 11. 30% of Dalmatians are deaf in one ear
- 12. the Saluki is the oldest dog breed
- 13. Chow Chows and Shar-Peis have black tongues
- 14. dogs have three eyelids
- 15. the African hunting dog is the most successful hunter in the world
Our dogs have always been our best friends, our loyal companions and above all our family. So it is only natural that we are completely fascinated by facts and information about dogs. We are totally in love with our four-legged friends and want to find out absolutely everything possible about them. So when we hear a dog fact, it fills us with a feeling of joy and amazement.
From asking why dogs’ noses are wet to being the world’s largest dog, prepare to be impressed by these amazing facts about dogs.
Things to know about dogs
1. the dog’s nose is moist to aid the absorption of odour chemicals
This amazing dog fact could answer a long-standing question that dog owners have. Why are dog noses wet? According to Vetstreet, the answer is that dogs’ noses are wet so that they can absorb scented chemicals! Their nose secretes a special mucus that helps absorb these chemicals, and then they lick their noses to taste them and help them understand the smell.
2. newfoundlanders are amazing lifeguards
Newfoundlanders are the ultimate lifeguards for dogs as they have waterproof coats and webbed feet. They were originally bred to help fishermen and to save people from drowning. Some owners have even reported that their Newfoundland tries to “save” them while swimming!
3. the Beatles song ‘Ein Tag im Leben’ has a frequency only dogs can hear
In a 2013 interview, Paul McCartney said that he had added a frequency that only dogs can hear until the end of the Beatles’ song ‘A Day in the Life’. So watch your dog when you play the song! How is that for an amazing dog fact?
4. three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic
Did you know that three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic? Vetstreet states that the dogs were in first class and contained a Pomeranian puppy – which her owner had wrapped in a blanket to escape, and everyone thought she had a baby with her. Another Pomeranian and a Pekinese were also rescued. Move over Rose and Jack!
5. a bloodhound’s sense of smell can be used as evidence in court
According to PBS, the sense of smell of a bloodhound is so accurate that it can be admitted as evidence in court. If you thought this was an incredible fact for dogs, prepare to be knocked out. Bloodhounds can also follow tracks that are over 300 hours old and can stay on one trail for over 130 miles!
6. the biggest dog in the world is 44 inches tall
The biggest dog in the world was ever a Great Dane named Zeus! At 44 inches tall measured on October 4 th 2011, he is the current world record Guinness holder.
7. basenji dogs do not bark, they yodel
If you thought all dogs barked, prepare yourself for this fact. The Basenji dog does not tend to bark, but yodels, moans or screams.
8. a greyhound could beat a cheetah in a long-distance race
A greyhound would actually beat a cheetah in an endurance race! According to Psychology Today, greyhounds are excellent long-distance runners and can maintain a speed of 35 miles per hour for up to 7 miles. Where the cheetah is incredibly fast, he can only maintain his speed for about 200 to 300 meters, so they may have the start, but he would soon be be beaten by a greyhound!
9. a blind man and his guide dog walked the Appalachian Trail
According to the Washington Post, in 1990, a blind man named Bill Irwin walked his guide dog for eight months on the Appalachian Trail with the help of Orient. Dogs really are man’s best friend.
10. The Ewoks in Star Wars were based on a dog
If you are a Star Wars fan, you will love this amazing fact. The Los Angeles Times claims that George Lucas modeled the Ewoks after his family dog!
11. 30% of Dalmatians are deaf in one ear
According to UFAW, on average about 30% of dalmatians are deaf in one ear and 5% in both. This is due to something called the extreme chequegene, which is responsible for the white coat and blue eyes (in some of them). Dalmatians with larger dark spots are less deaf.
12. the Saluki is the oldest dog breed
The Guinness world record for the oldest dog breed is held by the Saluki. The breed originates from the year 329 BC and was kept in ancient Egypt as royal pets. According to reports, carvings of a dog were also found in southern Iraq, which resembles a Saluki, which originates from the year 7000 BC.
13. Chow Chows and Shar-Peis have black tongues
The Chow Chow and the Shar-Pei are the only two dog breeds that have completely black tongues. Even more interesting is that the cause of these black tongues is currently unknown.
14. dogs have three eyelids
Many owners have not heard of this interesting dog fact, but did you know that your four-legged friend has three eyelids? According to iHeartDogs, the third lid is called the “haw” or nictitating membrane and is responsible for protecting and lubricating the eye.
15. the African hunting dog is the most successful hunter in the world
The African hunting dog is the most successful country hunter in the world. They are successful in 50-70% of their hunts, which makes them the best mammal hunter throughout. They even hold the current Guinness World Record for it