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jay-wennington-364037-unsplashWe did not want to leave out our canine pet friends from the fun fact fest. So we have this list of dog facts for you today:

Did You Know…

  1.  A dog’s nose print is as unique as a human fingerprint.
  2. Basenji dogs don’t bark. They yodel.
  3. Dogs do see color, just not as many colors as humans.
  4. “Max” and “Bella” were the most popular dog names in 2013.
  5. A dog’s nails grow continuously, just like human fingernails.
  6. A group of pugs is called a “grumble.”
  7. An estimated 70 million dogs live in 40 million households in the U.S.
  8. The first guide dogs were trained for war-blinded soldiers after WWI.
  9. Prairie dogs are not dogs at all. They are members of the squirrel family.
  10. Dogs have 18 different muscles for controlling their ears.
  11. Dogs can “catch yawns” from humans, and vise versa.
  12. The first guide dog training school in the US was the seeing eye. Hence the term “seeing eye dog.”
  13. Dogs in the USA produce over 10 million tons of feces per year.
  14. Discovery’s “Myth Busters” proved Hollywood wrong. If you’re being tracked by a bloodhound, it will find you.
  15. Dogs can learn about 250 words. Short words representing objects (treat!) and behaviors (sit!) are easy.
  16. Girl scouts and boy scouts can earn a merit badge in dog care.
  17. At least 17 dog breeds have lines with naturally-occurring bobtails.
  18. August 26, 2015 is National Dog Day!
  19. About 1/3 of a dog’s brain mass is devoted to smell, compared with just 5% of a human’s brain!
  20. A puppy can learn simple commands like sit, down, and stay, as young as 7-8 weeks of age.
  21. Dogs have about 1700 taste buds, compared to about 9000 in humans.
  22. If a terrier randomly starts to dig, chances are, he’s heard prey moving underground.
  23. Approximately 25% of dog visits to the veterinarian are for problems with the skin and coat.
  24. Dogs often whine when frustrated. Think of whining as a “doggy complaint.”
  25. Not all dog breeds age at the same rate. Small dogs tend to age more slowly than larger dogs.
  26. According to Welsh legend, Corgis are enchanted and are a gift from the fairies. The fairies also used to ride Corgis or use them to pull their carriages.
  27. Dogs have not one, not two, but three sets of eyelids.
  28. If you own a Lab, you’re in good company. Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dogs in North America (and have been for more than 20 years!)
  29. Dalmatians are born entirely white, without spots. Most of their spots have appeared within a month.
  30. Some dog breeds are so smart, they can count to 4 or 5.

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