Facts about dogs

  • A dog’s nose has about 4 times as many scent cells as a cat’s and 14 times more than a human’s. That’s why dogs are often used to track down illegal drugs and missing persons. They can sniff out their dinner from any room in the house!
  • With patience and understanding you can teach any old dog new tricks, depending on what you are trying to teach, or un-teach the dog, which is usually more difficult. Dogs can learn at any age, and like humans, it’s just old habits that are hard to break!
  • Dogs see in color, but not the same way that we do. Veterinary ophthalmologists have found that dogs are similar to people with red/green color blindness, meaning they can see bluish and greenish shades but not reddish ones. To a dog, a bright orange ball on a grassy lawn appears as a light greenish ball in greenish grass. Go fetch!
  • According to a recent survey, the most popular name for a dog is Max. Other popular names include Molly, Sam, Zach, and Maggie.
  • An estimated 1 million dogs in the United States have been named the primary beneficiary in their owner’s will.
  • Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating. They sweat through the pads of their feet.
  • Every known dog, except the chow, has a pink tongue – a chow’s tongue is black.
  • Dogs can alert their owners of an epileptic seizure up to an hour before it occurs.
  • Walt Disney’s family dog was named Lady. She was a poodle.
  • The dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans.
  • The heaviest dog ever weighed 319 pounds.
  • The oldest dog ever died at age 29.