24. One Step For Dog Kind
Laika, a Russian dog, was the first animal in space. She traveled around planet Earth in the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 in 1957. She is said to have died painlessly in orbit approximately a week after launch.
23. Best Wing Man Ever
If a man is looking to score a date, he should bring a dog with him. Men who have a dog with them are 3 times more likely to get a lady’s phone number.
22. More Paws To Love
The Norwegian Lundehund is the only canine that has six toes on each paw.
21. Not Colorblind
Dogs are not only able to see shades of black and white, but can also see shades of blue and yellow. Dogs are not able to see reds.
20. Trifecta Vision
Dog have three different eyelids. The third lid, called the ‘haw’ is specially made to keep their eyes clean and moisturized. Think of it as the windshield wiper of the eye.
19. By Leaps And Bounds
When a puppy is born, it is blind, deaf, and toothless. Puppies grow to half of their adult body weight within the first four to five months of life. After that, it takes a year or more for puppies to fully develop into their adult bodies.
18. Spin Cycle
When dogs run around in a circle before settling down, it’s a way of getting comfortable. It is a nesting trait passed down from their ancestors.
17. Trust In Me
Bill Irwin was able to successfully make a trek through the Appalachian Trail, over 2,100 miles long. This was all thanks to his companion Orient, Bill’s seeing-eye dog. Orient, a trusty German shepherd, led Bill to become the first visually impaired man to make the trek.
16. Made For This
Thanks to their water-resistant coat and webbed feet, Newfoundlands are one of the strongest swimming dog breeds.
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15. What The Funk
Dog’s paws sometimes smell a little funky, because they have sweat glands in their feet.
14. Word Smart Dogs
Most dogs are capable of remembering over 150 commands. In fact, there is a border collie by the name of Chaser who knows up to 1,022 words.
13. Guess Who
The name of the dog on theCracker Jacks box is Bingo.
12. Train Commuters
Stray dogs in Moscow have learned how to ride the subway to get around.
11. War Dogs
Dogs wore spiked collars to protect them from wolf attacks in ancient Greece. Mastiffs wore armor and were sent to do battle in ancient Rome.
10. Look Out Badgers
The daschshund was bred originally to fight badgers.
9. Hollywood Inspiration
Sunnee, Walt Disney’s family dog, was the inspiration for the animated film ‘Lady and the Tramp.’
8. Diet Dangers
Dogs can suffer renal failure from consuming grapes or raisins. Chocolate, cooked onions, macadamia nuts, and caffeine can also be harmful to canines. Apple and pear seeds may also be deadly, as they contain arsenic.
7. A Sad Story
The well-used phrase “It’s raining cats and dogs,” has its origins in 17th-century England. When there was a heavy storm, dead animals would be washed into the streets. This made it look like it had indeed rained cats and dogs.
6. Dog Lover
Kublai Khan is credited with having the most dogs owned. He had 5,000 Mastiffs!
5. Weird Laws
In Ventura County, California, cats and dogs are not allowed to have carnal relations... unless they have a permit.
4. To Ancient Platonic Relationships
There are cave paintings in Spain dated around 10 000 B.C. displaying some of the earliest European images of dogs. The first identifiable breed of dog appeared around 9000 B.C. Globally, dogs have lived with humans for over 14,000 years.
3. Smell Your Feelings
Your dog can pick up on changes in your scent, which can help them determine changes in your mood. Dogs can smell your perspiration when you become nervous and can tell if you are sick by the changes in your scent the illness causes.
2. Zorba The Great
Zorba was an English mastiff. He was the biggest dog ever documented, measuring 8 feet 3 inches from tip to tail, and weighing an amazing 343 pounds!
1. Smell You Later
A dog has a sense of smell that is 10,000 times stronger than a human being. Bloodhounds can pick up on scents that are over 300 hours old.