INTERESTING DOG FACTS & TRIVIA Mixed breeds" and "Cross breeds" are NOT the same. Mixed breed dogs have various lineage that is most likely unknown, as for cross breds, they are only 2 different breeds of dogs combined together. According to Breed All About It (a television show), Royalty and The Rich used to like little dogs for an unusual reason. They would put the little lap dog under the covers before retiring so that bedbugs, fleas, etc., would go onto the dog instead of themselves! A few rare and unusual dog breeds are the Podengo, Broholmer, Lundehund and Lowchen. The Podengo is also known as the Portuguese Warren Hound. It is usually a fawn or yellow color, but can be brown, black or sooty colored without white patches or spots. It resembled a long-bodied chihuahua. The Broholmer is a breed that is recognized only in Denmark. It was believed to of become extinct in the 1960's but, in December of 1974, a purebred Broholmer popped up in Finland. This dog, named Bjoern was a male, and the owners hoped to of found a female for him to mate with, this didn't happen. Bjoern died in 1975 and the breed has yet to appear again. The Lundehund is a breed which has lived solely on two islands in the north of Norway. The Lundehund has 5 toes, and seven or eight cushions! It is a climbing dog, bred for rugged terrain. The Lowchen is native to France. It's called "petit chien lion" or, "little lion dog." This is due to its fur growth, as it resembles a lion's mane. The oldest American breed is the American Foxhound. This dates back to 1650! As much as your dog likes rawhide.. it's not that great for them-well.. to much of anything is never good. You should limit your dogs' rawhide intake, as too much can cause stomach disrupts, constipation and diarrhea. Although, most dogs tolerate it very well, some don't. Just be careful. Always supervise your dog when they chew on anything. Don't smile at any dog that you feel may be dangerous. To him, you would be baring your teeth as a sign of agression. The gigantic Irish Wolfhound is so strong that he can pick up a Mastiff or Bulldog. When he was pitted against either in a fight, he would pick his opponent up by the back and simply shake him to death. Rhodesian Ridgebacks have an actual ridge along the top of their backs, which is made up of forward-growing hairs. The Saluki is represented in Sumarian carvings dated back to 7000 B.C. It is said that "Whenever one sees the word 'dog' in the Bible it means the Saluki." The Boxer was so named for his manner of fighting - which is that he starts a fight with his front paws like a human boxer. The tallest and shortest breeds of dogs you ask? Well.. The tallest breeds are the Great Dane, the Irish Wolfhound, the St. Bernard, the English Mastiff, the Borzoi, and the Anatolian Karabash (Turkish Shepherd Dog). All of these breeds can attain 36 inches (90 cm.) at the shoulder! As for the smallest breed of dog is the Chihuahua, which is between 2-6lbs. It has been recorded proof of a Chihuahua skeleton that was a total of 7 inches in length. There is no weight recorded on this skeleton, but estimates believe it couldn't be more than a pound! The second smallest breed of dog is the Yorkshire Terrier, which should officially not weight more than 7lbs. But, many pet Yorkies tend to get much larger than this standard. The Great Pyrenees dogs are so sensitive to anesthesia that it can kill them. Great caution is required for any surgery for this breed. Dalmations, with all those cute black spots, are born white. Chow Chows were originally bred for three reasons: 1) of course, for a great pet/hunter/helper; 2) to keep people warm with their furry hides; and 3) as food (like pigs or cows). The Afghan Hound is mentioned in writings as far back as 4000 B.C., and its name can be translated as "baboon" or "monkey-faced hound." Despite the unflattering name, he was a favorite of royalty. The Bloodhound doesn't need to smell blood to find someone who is lost. It is said that his name instead means blooded hound, or aristocratic. Did you know that the oldest pure-bred British dog is reckoned to be the Cardigan Welsh Corgi? Their proof of existance has been traced back to dogs brought to Wales by the Celts from the Black Sea around 1200 BC. The Basenji doesn't bark. Chow Chows have bluish black tongues and gums (which start out pink but turn dark by eight weeks). Newfoundlands have webbed feet, making them great swimmers and divers. Bassets can't swim. Their legs are too short to keep their heavy, long bodies afloat.
Nope thats not ture to all basset hounds....... My cousen has one (Named Sugar)and Sugar LOVES to swim she does it all the time because they have a pool and it's really deep so it's not ture to all basset hounds but to most yeah :o) p.s. she is a pure bred and not a mix so she has the same lenth of legs lol
"The gigantic Irish Wolfhound is so strong that he can pick up a Mastiff or Bulldog. When he was pitted against either in a fight, he would pick his opponent up by the back and simply shake him to death." Thats cool. I never thought of one dog being able to do that to another dog. Ive seen terriers do it to rats. That would be interesting to see.
I'm just finding these so I can't vouch for correctness! How much is that doggy in the window? Based on an average life span of 11 years, the cost of owning a dog is $13,350. Keep your pants on. Dogs only sweat from the bottoms of their feet, the only way they can discharge heat is by panting. Dogs and wolves yawn as a sign of contentment. What are you looking at? Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears. Unfortunately, the likes of bulldogs and pitbulls only have 10, due to their breeding. Therefore, these dogs easily get misinterpreted by other dogs and often get into fights. You old dog, you. One of the worlds oldest breeds of dog is the Saluki. It is thought to have been developed in ancient Mesopotamia around 3000 B.C. Three Dog Night. "Three dog night" (attributed to Australian Aborigines) came about because on especially cold nights these nomadic people needed three dogs (dingos, actually) to keep from freezing. Does something smell? A dog’s sense of smell is one of the keenest in nature. If a pot of stew was cooking on a stove, a human would smell the stew, while the dog could smell the beef, carrots, peas, potatoes, spices, and all the other individual ingredients in the stew. In fact, if you unfolded and laid out the delicate membranes from inside a dogs nose, the membranes would be larger than the dog itself. In living technicolor It was recently discovered that dogs DO see in color, just not as vivid as the color that humans see. Just beat Leonardo to it. Two dogs survived the sinking of Titanic, yes that's right, two DOGS survived. They escaped on early lifeboats carrying so few people that no one objected. Miss Margaret Hays of New York brought her Pomeranian with her in lifeboat No. 7, while Henry Sleeper Harper of the publishing family boarded boat No. 3 with his Pekinese, Sun Yat Sen. Not so Sweet. Giving dogs chocolate could be fatal for them, because theobromine, an ingredient of chocolate, stimulates the central nervous system and cardiac muscle. About 1.1 kg of milk chocolate or just 146 g of cooking chocolate (which has more theobromine per gram) could kill a 22 kg dog. I should get out more... In the original 101 Dalmatians movie, Pongo has 72 spots, Perdita has 68 and each of the puppies has 32.
Heaviest Living Dog Kell, a female English Mastiff weighing in at 286 pounds on August 18, 1999. Kell lives with owner Tom Scott in the UK. Smallest Dog Big Boss, a male Yorkshire Terrier that was just 4.7 inches tall and 5.1 inches long on his first birthday. He belongs to owner Dr. Chai Khanchanakom from Thailand. Largest Litter 23 puppies. This record was met by three different dogs: an American foxhound in 1944, a St. Bernard in 1975, and a Great Dane in 1987. Largest Dog Biscuit 7.7 feet long, 1.9 feet wide, and 1 inch thick, produced by the People's Company Bakery. The Dogs of Famous People "Sigmund Freud's Chow Chow Jo-Fi attended many of his therapy sessions. Freud claimed that he depended upon Jo-Fi to tell him about his patients' mental states." -- Stanley Coren in Why We Love the Dogs We Do "Lyndon B. Johnson had a great fondness for dogs, and during his administration the White House was populated by a number of Beagles, a neurotic white Collie, and a mixed-breed terrier." -- Stanley Coren in Why We Love the Dogs We Do "While John F. Kennedy had many dogs during his White House years, the only one that he owned when he became president was a Welsh Terrier, Charlie. Charlie remained JFK's favorite and served as his 'silent advisor' during the Cuban Missile Crisis." -- Stanley Coren in Why We Love the Dogs We Do "Fittingly, America's premier founding father George Washington was a dog lover...Washington also understood the special relationship between an owner and his dog. During the War of Independence a lost, hungry, but well-bred hound wandered into Washington's battle camp. The general soon recognized him as belonging to British commander Richard Howe. Setting aside the differences of war and tuning into something more universal, Washington returned the dog to Howe's camp under a white flag. Leave it to a dog to provide a cease-fire during a war!" -- Bob Lovka in Dog Blessings