Dogs are one of the most popular and loved pets in any household both in Nigeria and abroad. What’s not to love about dogs? They are cuddly, fun loving, loyal and have earned the reputation as man’s best friend for many centuries. Here are 20 fun facts about dogs and puppies that you never knew.
Afghan Hounds are thought to be the world’s most stupid dog. They are often used for showing off at dog competition and events.
If you’re looking to adopt a quiet dog, don’t choose a Beagle or a Border Collie. These two breeds are well-known for making more noise than the others
The Basenji, on the other hand, is the only dog in the world which doesn’t bark at all
The Great Dane is the tallest dog in the world, while the St. Bernard is the heaviest, weighing up to 120kg when fully-grown
German Shepherds are more often used by the police force as working dogs. This is due to their high intelligence levels, desire to explore their surroundings, courage, agility and loyalty.
Three dogs survived the Titanic which sank in 1912. They had all been traveling with their owners in the First Class cabins
Bassett Hounds, by contrast, cannot swim at all!
The world’s oldest dog lived to the grand old age of 29 years and 5 months
Studies have proven that petting a dog can reduce your blood pressure; so, you should do this more often.
The first living creature to be sent into space was a dog named Laika. An earth satellite sent her to visit space in 1957, but she died when the cabin overheated.
The fastest dog in the world is the Greyhound. They can run up to 45 mph, compared to the average dog speed of 19 mph
Dogs can often be seen chasing their own tails, but this isn’t always for fun. Sometimes, a dog will chase its tail if it is suffering from fleas or anxiety
Dalmatians are most popular for their attractive and unique spotted coats, but when they are first born, they are completely white without a mark in sight
The Siberian Husky is one of the dog breeds which resembles a wolf. Despite this fact, they are very friendly with families and strangers. However, they need plenty of exercise and can be difficult to care for
Rottweilers are thought of as a scary breed, but they can make great household pets. Their protective nature makes them amazing guard dogs, and in Nigeria, they are one of the most sought after dog breed
The Scottish Terrier is a difficult dog to train, but once trained, will greatly reward its owners. ‘Scotties’ are great with children and, despite their small size, make excellent watchdogs.
When dogs are asleep, they will curl up to keep warm and to protect themselves from predators. Even domesticated dogs will do this naturally, since they want to protect their abdomens and organs
The Poodle is one of the cleanest breeds of dog and they rarely smell, making them a great choice for people with pet allergies.
We’ve all seen dogs wagging their tails before, but it does not necessarily mean that your pet is happy. Low wagging can mean insecurity, while faster wagging usually means aggression. Wagging their tail to the right will often mean happiness, while fear is shown by wagging their tails to the left
The Chow Chow and the Shar Pei are the only two dog breeds which have black tongues. All other dog breeds will have pink tongues when healthy.