Huge Amount of Totally Useless Dog-Related Trivia That You Absolutely Cannot Live Without, Part 1.

  • Dogs sweat through the bottom of their feet; they cool off by panting.  Some people say their feet smell like Fritos!
  • Dogs have about 10 vocal sounds.
  • Dogs do not have an appendix.
  • There are more than 200 breeds of dogs;  As of July 2009, the AKC fully recognizes 163 breeds with an additional 12 breeds granted partial status in the miscellaneous class.
  • Dalmations are born white, their spots develop as they get older.
  • The dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans over 10,000 years ago.
  • George Washington’s dog of choice was the American Foxhound which is the oldest American dog breed dating back to 1650.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson’s favorite dog was a mutt rescued as a stray by his daughter.  He also had two beagles named “Him” and “Her.”
  • Biggest:  Zorba the English Mastiff, weight: 343 lbs (1989 @ 8-years-of-age)
  • Smallest:  Yorkshire Terrier in the UK, at the age of 2, weighed in at 4 ounces.
  • Oldest:  The longest-lived dog was Bluey, an Australian Shepherd who lived to the old age of 29.
  • Tallest:  Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, St. Bernard, and English Mastiff.
  • Smallest:  Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terrier
  • The Basenji doesn’t bark
  • The Bassett Hound can’t swim.
  • Chow Chows and Shar Peis have bluish-black tongues and gums.
  • Akita, Brussels Griffon, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Chinook, Field Spaniel, German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Leonberger, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Otterhound, Plott Hound, Portuguese Water Dog, Redbone Coonhound, Spanish Water Dog, Weimaraner, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon *** all have webbed feet *** making them good swimmers!
  • If not spayed or neutered, a female dog and her mate, and their offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in approximately 6 years.
  • A dog’s whiskers are touch-sensitive hairs called vibrissae.
  • In a recent study, 33 percent of dog owners admit they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on an answering machine when they are away.
  • In the US, over 1 million dogs have been named the primary beneficiary in their owner’s wills.
  • Dachshunds are the smallest hunting dog.
  • Dogs are mentioned in the bible 14 times.  The Saluki is represented in carvings dated back to 7000 BC.  It is thought that when one sees the word “dog” in the bible, it is referring to the Saluki.
  • Bad breeding practices cause 3 out of 10 Dalmation Dogs to suffer hearing problems.
  • Lassie was a girl dog on the screen, but played by several male dogs because the males “looked better.”
  • Toto was a female Cairn Terrier named Terry.
  • The dog in “The Grinch That Stole Christmas” is named “Max.”
  • The Basset Hound in the Hush Puppies Shoe Ads was named “Biggles.”
  • The name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box is “Bingo.”
  • The most popular name for a dog is Max.
  • Walt Disney’s family dog was a poodle named “Lady.”
  • The only dog to appear in a Shakespeare Play was “Crab” in the “Two Gentlemen of Verona.”
  • Rin Tin Tin was the first American movie dog star and signed his contracts for 22 movies with a paw print.
  • The Pekinese Dog was sacred to the emperors of china, and is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world.
  • Prairie Dogs are rodents, not dogs.
  • Dogs have been trained as “Seizure Alert Dogs” can alert their owners up to an hour before a seizure happens.
  • 70 Percent of people sign their pet’s name on greeting cards; 58 percent of people include their pets in their Christmas photo cards.
  • Dogs are not color blind. They see color, but not as vividly as humans. 
  • The English poet, Lord Byron, was devastated when his beloved Newfoundland (Boatswain) died, and had this inscribed on the dog’s gravestone: “Beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices.”
  • The largest known dog litter was from Tia, a Neopolitan Mastiff, who gave birth to 24 puppies in 2005.
  • Chocolate is poison for dogs!
  • There are more than 100 million dogs in the US.
  • Americans spend more than $5.4 billion on their pets each year.
  • Mixed breed dogs have various lineages, most likely unknown; Cross Breeds are dogs bred from two specific breeds (i.e. Pug + Beagle = Puggle).
  • Royalty and The Rich used to keep small lap dogs under the bed covers at night so the fleas and bedbugs would be attracted to the dogs and not to the person!
  • Rawhides are a terrible dog treat: they can cause stomach upsets, constipation and diarrhea.
  • Cats have better eyesight than dogs.
  • All dogs, regardless of the breed, are descendents of wolves.
  • Dachshunds were bred to fight badgers in their dens.
  • Whippets can reach a running speed of 35 miles per hour.
  • Greyhounds can reach a speed of 45 miles per hour.
  • There are more than 5 million puppies born in the US each year. 
  • In the United States, more than 30,000 dogs and cats are destroyed in animal shelters every day!
  • Dogs take 10 to 30 breaths per minute.
  • The Doberman was created by Louis Doberman, a German tax-collector, in the 1860’s.  He wanted a dog to protect him while he worked!
  • When a puppy is born, it is blind, deaf and toothless.
  • Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dog in America.

Disclaimer:  This trivia has been gleaned from other websites including Wikipedia, Guiness World Records, etc.  I vouch for none of it, and quite possibly have passed along an erroneous fact.  So anyone copying this list to use in a book report, or in a Senate hearing, you might want to double check this stuff. 


3 thoughts on “Huge Amount of Totally Useless Dog-Related Trivia That You Absolutely Cannot Live Without, Part 1.

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  2. Just read this — have you told Pioneer Woman that bassets don’t swim? How did Charlie collect those turtles?


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