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20 Weird & Wonderful Dog Facts

When writing blog posts, we often come across random dog facts that we share with the Buddies team. We decided to pick our 20 favourite weird and wonderful dog facts we found on the web to share with you.

  1. Dogs can hear 4 times as far as humans.
  2. Dalmatians are born completely white and develop their black spots at around 3-4 weeks of age.
  3. 7 out of 10 people sign their dogs name on Christmas and birthday cards.
  4. Three dogs survived the sinking of the titanic. A Pekingese, a Pomeranian and a Newfoundland.
  5. Dogs can be trained to sniff out cancers of the breast, lung, bladder, skin and prostate.
  6. Dachshunds were originally bred to fight badgers.
  7. The first mammal to orbit the earth was the Russian dog, Laika, who was sent into space in 1957.
  8. Newfoundland’s tend to be excellent swimmers due to their webbed feet and water-resistant coat.
  9. The real name of the famous St Bernard, who starred in 1992 movie Beethoven, was Chris.
  10. .The reason dogs hesitate before going out in the rain is not due to the fear of getting wet, it’s actually because the rain amplifies sound and can hurt their sensitive ears.
  11. Cerberus was the three-headed dog that guarded the underworld in Greek mythology.
  12. The heaviest dog on record was Zorba, an English Mastiff, who weighed in at a huge 343lbs, over 24 stone.
  13. The real name of Toto the dog in Wizard of Oz was Terry.
  14. Buddies Pet Insurance - Dog FactsDogs are only able to sweat from their feet.
  15. The most expensive dog was sold in 2011 for £945,000. The Tibetan Mastiff was sold by his breeder to a Chinese Multi-millionaire.
  16. The worlds oldest breed, the Saluki, originated in Egypt around 329 B.C.
  17. A dog’s nose print is as unique as the human fingerprint with no two dogs sharing the same nose print.
  18. The Basenji is the only dog breed in the world that is unable to bark.
  19. Dogs have between 125-220 million scent receptor cells compared to a human’s 5 million.
  20. It’s a myth that dogs are completely colour blind.


If you have any weird and wonderful dog facts, we would love to hear from you. Email the team at Hello@Buddies.co.uk.

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