Want to learn more about man’s best friend? Check out these fun facts about dogs!
Dog Facts for Kids
Dogs are known as man’s best friend. They are lovable, loyal, and all-around amazing companions.
How did dogs come to be a popular household pet? Well, these awesome four-legged buddies were actually domesticated from wolves over 15,000 years ago. Who knew?
What else can we learn about dogs? Check out some of these fun facts about our furry friends below!
WEIRD AND FUN FACTS ABOUT DOGS
Dogs have super senses.
We are all aware that dogs have a superior sniffer but did you know that their sense of smell is 100,000 times more sensitive than humans? This keen sense of smell makes them exceptional detectives and hunters as they can pick up a scent and track it for miles.
Dogs also have excellent hearing, noticing sounds that we, as people, wouldn’t hear at all. They can hear 10 times better than we can.
In addition, a dog’s sense of sight is impeccable. They actually have a part in their eyes called tapetum lucidum, which helps them to see well in low light environments and at night.
There are over 400 different breeds of dogs.
Dogs are so incredible that there are hundreds of different kinds of dogs. Each type of dog has its own unique characteristics.
Depending on the breed, dogs can differ in appearance, size, and personality. Some dogs are big and some are small. Some are shorthaired and others are longhaired.
Some dogs make better household pets, while other dogs make better workers. With so many amazing qualities, there is surely a dog for everyone.
Every dog’s nose is unique.
Very similar to a person’s fingerprint, a dog’s nose print is like no other. Incredible!
The smallest dog is the Chihuahua.
Weighing in at just 3 pounds and only 6 inches tall, Chihuahua’s are also known as a ‘toy’ breed. Chihuahuas make wonderful companions, as they just love to be with their people.
The biggest dog breed is a tie between the Great Dane and the English Mastiff.
A Great Dane named Zeus holds the record for the tallest of all dogs measuring in at 44 inches tall while on all four legs. Standing up on his hind legs, he reached 7 feet and 4 inches! Wow!
The heaviest dog goes to an English Mastiff named Aicama Zorba who weighed in at 343 pounds! Can you imagine?
The fastest dog is the Greyhound.
Greyhounds have thin, lean bodies and long, strong legs that give them the ability to move really fast. With only 3 strides, a greyhound dog can get up to 30 miles per hour and then reach an average speed of 45 mph. In fact, the fastest greyhound was clocked in at a quick 50 miles per hour!
Facts about dogs
As you can see with these fun facts about dogs, our four-legged friends are pretty impressive animals. With their stellar senses and one-of-kind personalities, it is no wonder that we love dogs so much!