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Now, whether you’re going to get a dog just as a pet or for safety purposes, these little guys are one of the most fascinating creatures ever. Some dogs may be big and some small and all dogs have different purposes but all are a descendant of the wolves and regardless of how many breeds of dogs there may be, there is always going to be this link between them. Here’s a few facts about dogs that you probably don’t know.
- Dog breeds can be counted up to almost 150. They are divided into eight classes which are sporting, working, hound, toy, terrier, non sporting, herding and miscellaneous.
- The most popular names for dogs, according to a survey are, Max, Molly, Sam, Zach and Maggie.
- Dogs can be in all sizes, from 2 lb to 150+ lb.
- Dogs do not sweat by salivating. They sweat through the pads on their feet.
- Dogs do not have a lot of taste buds. They are still picky eaters.
- A full grown dog has about 42 teeth.
- Dogs can register colors, although they do not see colors as vividly as we do.
- The top five breeds of dogs are Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Beagle, and Dachshund.
- There is only one dog in the world who does not bark is the Basenji.
- A new born puppy is blind and deaf and toothless.
- The fastest of all dogs is a greyhound. It can run at 45 miles per hour.
- Dogs and wolves are of the same species.
- Dogs tend to yawn much like humans do
- Domestic dogs are not always cute and friendly looking, and example being the tibetan mastiff
- Along with cats, dogs are the most common type of domestic pet
Researchers at Harvard University have conducted some fascinating research recently on the brain of a canine and how it relates to the human brain. There is amazing work here on the impact of breeding and how a dog’s brain is similar in some ways to that of a human and how it evolves based on breeding and other factors.