- An adult dog has 42 teeth. Puppies have 28.
- Dalmatian puppies are born pure white. They develop spots as they grow.
- Thanks to a special eye membrane called Tapetum lucidum, dogs can see really well in the dark.
- There are 703 purebred dog breeds.
- The smallest dog breed in the world is Chihuahua.
- The largest dog breed in the world is Wolfhound.
- In 1957, a dog named Laika became the first living being to visit space.
- Dogs have an estimated 1,700 taste buds in a dog’s mouth. (Humans average about 10,000.)
- A dog’s sense of smell is up to 100,000 times stronger than the average human.
- It’s a myth that dogs are colorblind. They see color, just not as well as humans.
- America has the largest dog population in the world.
- Greyhounds are the fastest dog. They can reach speeds of nearly 45 miles per hour.
- Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic (a Pekingese and two Pomeranians).
- Scouting offers two merit badges for dog lovers: Pets and Dog Care.
- Humans have kept dogs as pets for more than 12,000 years.
Did you know?
These are the most popular dog breeds in America:
1. Labrador retriever
2. German shepherd
3. Golden retriever