Important Facts About Dogs

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  • There are more than 150 dog breeds, divided into 8 classes: sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting, herding, and miscellaneous.
  •  Puppies and kittens can be adopted as early as 8 weeks of age.  Until then, they should stay with their moms and littermates.
  •  Dogs may not have as many taste buds as we do (they have about 1,700 on their tongues, while we humans have about 9,000), but that doesn’t mean they’re not discriminating eaters. They have over 200 million scent receptors in  their noses (we have only 5 million) so it’s important that their food smells good and tastes good.
  • If a dog isn’t spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate and their offspring can product 67,000 dogs in 6 years.
  • A dog’s whiskers — found on the muzzle, above the eyes and below the jaws — are technically known as vibrissae.
  • An adult dog has 42 teeth.
  • When a puppy is born, he is blind, deaf, and toothless.
  • Dogs are capable of locating the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second by using their swiveling ears like radar  dishes.
  • Greyhounds can reach a speed of up to 45 miles per hour.
  • In 1969, Lassie the famous Collie dog was the very first animal inducted into the Animal Hall of Fame.
  • The Alaskan Malamute can withstand temperatures as low as 70 degrees below zero.
  • A typical dog has the same brain aptitude level as a toddler. Dogs can comprehend about 250 words and count up  to 5.
  • For the first 10 days of their lives, Dalmatians’ spots are only visible on their skin under the fur. Then the spots  emerge.
  • When drinking water, dogs cup the back of their tongues to transfer water from the bowl into their mouths.
  • Eighty percent of dog owners shower their pets with gifts on special occasions like birthdays and holidays. On holidays, over half of these pets are included in the signature of family cards.

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