Doghealth across lots of surprising facts about dogs on a daily basis so we would like to share these with our customers.  We apologise for any errors and would be pleased to get any comments or additions to this listing!


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Did you know that Dogs can understand up to 250 words and gestures, making them as bright as a 2 year old child

Dogs do not enjoy being hugged as it is a sign of being dominated

Hyenas aren’t actually dogs – they are closely related to……cats !

Dogs eyes have special features which enable them to see in the dark

Dogs sweat only through the pads of their feet


Dogs run hotter than humans..their average temperature is between 101 and 102 f

Dogs have a relatively poor sense of taste..they have only 20% of the taste buds humans have

Dogs see primarily blue, yellow and shades of grey…not black and white!

Dogs ears are very expressive..there are more than a dozen separate muscles controlling a dogs ear movement

Dogs cool themselves by panting..they can take 300/400 breaths a minute compared to a normal 30/40

Dogs should not eat grapes, raisins, chocolate, cooked onions or anything with caffeine in


In Ventura California dogs are not allowed to mate without a permit

In iran it is against the law to own a dog as a pet

According to Plato “ a dog has the soul of a philosopher “

The French poodle originated in Germany


Dachshunds were bred to fight badgers in their dens

The daughter of Laika the first dog in space had four puppies with JFK’s terrier Charlie

The oldest images of dogs are 12,000 years old and were found in cave paintings in Spain!

In the Renaissance the dog appears in many paintings as a symbol of fidelity and loyalty

The basenji is the world’s only barkless dog


The practice of docking goes back to the Roman Empire

The smallest dog on record was a Yorkshire terrier, it measured 2.5” height and weighed 4 ounces

The first Guide dogs for the blind were trained by the Germans after WW1 to help war blinded soldiers

A dog can here sounds 4 times as far away as humans

The first identifiable dog breed appeared around was greyhound dog used for hunting


There are an estimated 80 million dogs in the USA, over 80% of which are spayed or neutered

It is much easier for dogs to learn spoken commands when accompanied by hand movements

Petting dogs is proven to lower blood pressure

Greyhounds are the fastest dogs and can run at 45 mph

The most popular breed in UK is the Labrador


Dogs can smell 1,000 times better than humans

Male dogs raise their legs when urinating to appear large and intimidating

The best dog to attract a date is a golden retriever

30% of all Dalmatians are deaf in one or both ears

The most intelligent dogs are the border collie and the poodle


No one in Iceland is allowed a pet dog

The largest recorded dog was an old English mastiff weighing 343 pounds (1/6 of a ton)

There are more than 700 pure dog breeds

Dogs have around 100 facial expressions

The group howl is a bonding experience


Dogs like humans enjoy touching one another, which is why they live so well together

Dogs bark when they are bored, anxious or excited as well as on the approach of a stranger

An attacking dog is silent

More than Half of dog owners sign cards from themselves and their pet

The best way of expressing your dogs age in human terms is 18 + (age-1) x 5


In Russia, in telepathic experiments almost half were successful

Dogs chew bones to strengthen and clean their teeth

A dogs heart beats at 120 pm, a humans 80

The golden retriever was bred in Scotland for hunting

The sand grains in barking beach Hawaii squeak when you walk on them


Puppies sleep 90% of the time for their first few weeks

Dogs turn in circles before laying down to instinctively turn long grass into a bed

A dog has 42 teeth requiring specific care

As your dog matures it is important to tailor their nutrition to their age

The average city dog lives 3 years longer than a country dog


Bassett hounds cannot swim

The bible mentions dogs 14 times

Obesity is the number one health problem for dogs

Dogs have no sense of time

The smallest breed is the Chihuahua

The oldest known breed is the saluki, a tracking dog from Egypt