10 Most Interesting facts about dogs

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Around 60% Indians have pets at their home and there are over 1.02 crore pet dogs in India. According to these stats, Indians are keeping dogs at their home as a family member. Let’s see 10 interesting facts about dogs.

1. Smallest dog in the world: Chihuahua

A photo of a Chihuahua sitting: "A small tan Chihuahua sits on floor, looking up at the camera with big brown eyes."

The main dog fact about Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dogs which weigh around 900 gms to 3 kgs and their height is almost 5 inches.

These are loyal and cute dogs, originated in Mexico. Their lifespan is around 15 to 20 years.

Chihuahuas have various colours and coat types that include smooth and long haired both.

Chihuahuas are available in India and cost around Rs. 5000 to Rs. 25000.

2. Largest dog in the world: Central Asian Shepherd Dog

A photo of a Central Asian Shepherd Dog standing: "A large, muscular Central Asian Shepherd Dog stands, looking straight ahead with a serious expression."

The main dog fact about Central Asian Shepherd Dogs is they are best for guarding purposes and they are the best protectors.

They are known for their strength, large size, courage and hunting. 

Central Asian Shepherd Dogs weigh around 60 kgs to 90 kgs and are 32 inches tall. They have thick double coats which protects them from all the extreme conditions of weather.

Central Asian Shepherd Dogs are available in India and cost around ₹120000 ($1500).

3. Dogs breeds that are easy to train

A photo of set of dogs which are easy to train: "Some common breed of dogs which are easy to train"

Every pet owner wants their dog to be trained for doing some special tasks. Pet owners want their dogs to listen to them and follow their instructions. Here is list of dog breeds that get trained fast:

  1. Labrador

  2. Poodle

  3. Golden Retriever

  4. German Shepherd

  5. Border Collie

  6. Bull Dog

  7. Siberian Husky

  8. Doberman Pinscher

Because of the unique skills of these dog breeds, they are used in the military and these are the most loved breeds.

4. How do dogs sweat?

A photo of a dog paw: "A close-up photo of a dog's paw as it sweat from it's paws more.""

Dogs sweat through their paws. You also might have observed that dogs leave wet paw prints when they leave the floor.

As sweat glands work in humans and similarly Merocrine sweat glands function in dogs.

NOTE: Dogs sweat in the areas which don’t have fur.

5. Dog’s average lifespan

The average lifespan of a dog is 10 to 14 years. There are some breeds which live long and some which live less too.

Basically, the small dog breed lives more than the average life span. Breeds which live long are: Chihuahua, Yorkshire terriers, Poodles, etc.

French bulldogs live 4.5 years, also pugs can live only for 7 to 8 years.

Lifespan of some famous breed of dogs:

  • Labrador Retriever: 10 to 12 years

  • German Shepherd: 9 to 13 years

  • Cocker Spaniels: 10 to 14 years

  • Pomeranian: 12 to 16 years

6. Dog fact regarding dog smell

A photo of a dog sniffing the air: "A dog with its nose up in air, sniffing intently to detect scents."

Dogs have a strong sense of smell. They can smell 10000 times better than humans. Their smell capability can detect human emotions like (anxiety, fear, happiness, depression, etc) that’s why dogs can be a part of your life.

Bloodhound is a special dog breed that has around 300 million nose receptors. Along with this dog breed, there are also some breeds which are closer to them like German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, etc.

Let’s cover some more facts in short:

  1. Dogs have around 340 different breeds that have different origin, culture, temperament, characteristics and physical structure.

  2. Dogs can understand human emotions and body language with the help of their smell sensors. This is why dogs can be the good companions of humans.

  3. There are some vegetarian dog breeds, which don’t prefer to eat flesh. Here are some dog breeds which can sustain well on vegetarian food too i.e. Bakharwal Mastiff, Labrador Retriever, Rajapalayam, Pomeranian and also Golden Retriever.

  4. Dogs have very excellent memories. That's why they can remember people, places and some things for a long period of time.

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