With our pal Dr. Karen Becker recently delivering some surprising facts about dogs and the events of the last few days having graciously come to an end, I thought I would take a lighter look at things today and offer up some of my own dog scoop.

These amazing animals are often our best friends from an early age and we form unique bonds, but even the most seasoned dog lover may find themselves astonished at what they don’t know.

So without further ado, here are some surprising and (hopefully) fun dog facts:

  1. The part of a dog’s brain that deals with smell is about 40 times larger than the same part in our brains
  2. Dogs hearts beat between 70 and 120 beats a minute
  3. Dogs have sweat glands between their paws – the only sweat glands dogs have, in fact
  4. Dogs actually have three eyelids, with the third (the haw) keeping the eye lubricated and protected from harm
  5. The most popular names for male dogs are Jake and Max
  6. The most popular names for female dogs are Maggie and Molly
  7. About one in three American families own at least one dog
  8. Greyhounds have been clocked to run at least 45 miles an hour
  9. “Fido,” a clichéd dog name, actually means “fidelity” in Latin
  10. Despite having rigorous views toward neutering and spaying, the United States has the highest dog population in the world
  11. Dogs have more muscles in their ears than humans, helping them move them in order to find where a particular sound is coming from
  12. Bluey, a cattle dog from Australia, lived for 29  years and five months
  13. The largest litter of puppies on record is 24
  14. There are 14 mentions of dogs in the Bible
  15. Dogs have been traced back about 40 million years to a weasel-like creature called the Miacis
  16. An estimated 70 percent of dog owners sign their pet’s name on greeting cards
  17. An estimated 58 percent of dog owners include their dogs in family photos
  18. Researchers believe dogs see in shades of grey, brown, yellow, and blue — I however, regardless of research and science, believe differently and feel they see many more colors!
  19. The average adult dog has 42 teeth
  20. 80 percent of dog owners purchase a present for their dog at holidays and birthdays
  21. Females tend to bite more than males (actually 50% more).  Women! 🙂
  22. You are not allowed to keep a pet dog in the country of Iceland.  You’ll find this statement all over the internet, but it’s not exactly accurate. Learn more here.
  23. MANY dogs, approximately 1 million are the sole beneficiary to estates in the U.S.
  24. 3 Dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic.

As you can see, dogs are remarkable. There are far, far more amazing facts about dogs out there, but these are just some of the more interesting things I was able to track down.

If you have any dog poop or facts that you’d like to share, feel free to join in on the conversation below.

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  • Elizabeth Martinez

    I just happen to stumble across this site. I do have some questions that you may know the answer to or just give an opinion about. I had two dogs. I now have one recently having to put one dog down who was 14 (that is another story in itself I have questions about). My dog that died was Sophie and she was a small shih tzu Japanese chin mix. My dog remaining is named Coco. I got Coco a year after Sophie so she is getting quite old herself. She is a Shih tzu. She really has gotten neurotic since Sophie died. So much so I can not leave her a lone like I used to. Immediately after Sophie died she was so distraught I had to take her to work with me. If I leave her alone she wines and cries like someone is beating her or she is in great pain. Its been a few months and Coco is doing better but she is constantly licking and chewing on herself. Its not only annoying but it causes her to fur to mat and she just looks a wreck all the time. She is old and losing teeth and her breath is just awful. She has also grown all kinds of bump and lumps. Poor old girl. I wish I could help her. Any advice on how to deal with this? When I had the two dogs I would leave them out side while I worked. They have the garage to go into for shelter. Its just like a room. I don’t even park in there. I have a bar and my washing and dryer so on and so forth. I can’t do that anymore because she whines and cries so much when I leave. Thanks! I hope to hear from you. ~ Liz in Ca.

    • janie

      Hi Liz:

      I sent you a private email.


  • wendy

    Yes, I have found that all the Cairn’s that come to our boarding kennel are exceptionally smart!

    Also, I have found out that most dogs simply love a deep muscle massage! It calms the most busy dog. I takes only a minute. Most of us usually pat or stroke a dog – just not the same. Some of them remember from one visit to the next getting a massage and they come and sit in the position for it – and I get the message!

    • janie knetzer

      That’s pretty cool that they just come in and position themselves for their massage Wendy! I’d say that they have you wrapped around their paws. Lol!


  • Christine

    Hi Janie 🙂

    My best pal Skyelar, a Cairn Terrier loves to hop from rock to rock by a cove that is part of the Atlantic Ocean. Cairns love rocks, and one thing especially, Skyelar loves to stick his face into the seaweed, not sure why, but why not? Special smells, facial … only he knows 🙂
    The other great thing about Skyelar, is that he is very patient, especially when I take photos, he just sits and watches LOL

    Lastly, he is the only canine amongst three cats within my home, and they all love him dearly as do I.

    Oh yes, they are all rescues, all fed and loved well, and are all my best little pals 🙂


    • janie knetzer

      Hi Christine:
      Thanks for sharing your story about your little Skyelar. He sounds adorable. About a month ago, we placed my husband’s uncles cairn terrier into good hands with the Cairn Terrier rescue group in our area. I couldn’t take “Miles” at the time, but I made sure the little guy was in excellent hands. I have since found out that he was adopted into a new home with another Cairn Terrier and loves his new friend and home. 😮

      Cairns are very smart! My analogy on why he puts his face into seaweed – he knows it’s good for him. (kelp). It sounds like all of your little fur babies have a great home Christine! Nice job….


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