Some Fun Facts About Dogs :)
*Small quantities of grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, cooked onions, or anything with caffeine can also be harmful.
*Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which may be deadly to dogs.
*Rock star Ozzy Osborne saved his wife Sharon’s Pomeranian from a coyote
by tackling and wresting the coyote until it released the dog.
*Dogs have sweat glands in between their their paws
*In 2003, Dr. Roger Mugford invented the “wagometer,” a device that claims to interpret a dog’s exact mood by measuring the wag of its tail.
*Dogs have three eyelids. The third lid, called a nictitating membrane or "haw,” keeps the eye lubricated and protected.
*A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running.
*Puppies are sometimes rejected by their mother if they are born by cesarean and cleaned up before being given back to her.
*The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in seventeenth-century England. During heavy rainstorms, many homeless animals would drown and float down the streets, giving the appearance that it had actually rained cats and dogs.
*The shape of a dog’s face suggests how long it will live. Dogs with sharp, pointed faces that look more like wolves typically live longer. Dogs with very flat faces, such as bulldogs, often have shorter lives.
*A puppy is born blind, deaf, and toothless.
*It costs approximately $10,000 to train a federally certified search and rescue dog.
*The smallest dog on record was a matchbox-size Yorkshire Terrier. It was 2.5" tall at the shoulder, 3.5" from nose tip to tail, and weighed only 4 ounces. AWWWWW!!!!
*A dog can locate the source of a sound in 1/600 of a second and can hear sounds four times farther away than a human can.
*Eighteen muscles or more can move a dog’s ear.
*There are an estimated 400 million dogs in the world.
*The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world.
*Dog nose prints are as unique as human finger prints and can be used to identify them.
*It is much easier for dogs to learn spoken commands if they are given in conjunction with hand signals or gestures.
*Dogs can see in color, though they most likely see colors similar to a color-blind human. They can see better when the light is low.
*Studies show that petting a dog lowers blood pressure
*Zorba, an English mastiff, is the biggest dog ever recorded. He weighed 343 pounds and measured 8' 3" from his nose to his tail.
*Dogs can smell about 1,000 times better than humans. While humans have 5 million smell-detecting cells, dogs have more than 220 million. The part of the brain that interprets smell is also four times larger in dogs than in humans.
*Some dogs can smell dead bodies under water, where termites are hiding, and natural gas buried under 40 feet of dirt. They can even detect cancer that is too small to be detected by a doctor and can find lung cancer by sniffing a person’s breath.
*Dogs have a wet nose to collect more of the tiny droplets of smelling chemicals in the air.
*Different smells in the a dog’s urine can tell other dogs whether the dog leaving the message is female or male, old or young, sick or healthy, happy or angry.
*One survey reports that 33% of dog owners admit they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on answering machines while they are away.
*Because bulldogs have extremely short muzzles, many spend their lives fighting suffocation.
*Because Chihuahuas have such small skulls, the flow of spinal fluid can be restricted, causing hydrocephalus, a swelling of the brain.
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