30 Facts About Dogs You Might Not Know

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30  Facts About Dogs You Might Not Know
1.Puppies love games such as hide and seek! Hide, then call your pup's name so she can try to find you.
2.Dogs can learn more than 1000 words.
3.Big happy "helicopter" tail wagging is one sign of a really nice dog
4.Upright, stiff, rapid tail movement is not wagging or "friendly" but indicates a dog who's rather excited and focused.
5.Puppies grow to half their body weight in the first four to five months!
6.Puppies then take a year or more to gain the other half of their body weight.
7.Puppies can sleep 18 to 20 hours a day during that rapid body growth phase.
8.Dogs sometimes appear to smile -- much like humans -- with open mouth grinning. This may indicate a relaxed, submissive state.
9.Tired puppies get cranky just like little kids. If you have a fussy puppy, try nap time.
10.The fastest breed, the Greyhound, can run up to 44 miles per hour.
11.Perky-eared dogs hear sounds better than floppy-eared dogs.
12.There are about 400 million dogs in the world.
13.The Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed, according to the American Kennel Club are hundreds of breeds of dogs.
15.The average dog lives 10 to 14 years.
16.In general, smaller breeds live longer than larger breeds.
17.The world's oldest breed, the Saluki, originated in Egypt around 329 B.C.
18.According to a study shared by Cornell University, dogs were domesticated between 9,000 and 34,000 years ago.
 19.Thomas Jefferson helped enact a dog tax in Virginia, because he was annoyed that dogs were killing his sheep.
20.Stroking dogs and gazing into their eyes releases the "feel good" hormone oxytocin for both people and dogs.
21.Dogs are omnivores -- they eat meat, grains and vegetables.
22.The heaviest breed, the Mastiff, weighs about 200 pounds.
23.More than half of all U.S. presidents have owned dogs.
24.President Calvin Coolidge owned at least a dozen dogs.
25.Just like human fingerprints, no two dogs' nose prints are alike.
26.At about 6 inches, the Chihuahua is the shortest breed.
27.Irish Wolfhounds, the tallest breed, are 30 to 35 inches tall.
28.A Russian dog named Laika was the first animal in space, traveling around Earth in 1957.
29.Dogs who bark the most: Miniature Schnauzers, Cairn Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Fox Terriers and West Highland White Terriers.
30.Puppies have 28 teeth and adult dogs have 42.

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