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Fun Facts About Dogs

Fun Facts About Dogs

These fun facts about dogs are very interesting and some are intriguing. How much do you know about dogs? You may be surprised at some of these fun facts about dogs.

Do you know how small the smallest service dog is? Keep reading to find out. I was surprised and you might be too.

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Dogs in the World

There are about 400 million dogs in the world.


Puppies have 28 teeth and adult dogs have 42.

Lower Your Blood Pressure

Dog owners can lower their blood pressure by petting their dog.

Taste Buds

Dogs have around 1,700 taste buds while humans have around 9,000.

Nose Print

Just as humans have unique fingerprints, dogs have unique nose prints. The ridges and crevices are so unique, a dog can be identified by their nose print.

Sweat Glands

Dogs have sweat glands on the pads of their paws and they are not able to cool their bodies down as fast as a human can with sweat glands all over the body.

USA Dog Population

The United States has the largest dog population in the world. Please adopt, don’t shop!

Seeing Colors

Dogs are not color blind like many people believe. They can see blue, yellow, green, and gray.


Dalmatians are born with white fur all over their bodies and they will develop their black spots at about 10 days old.

Wet Nose

Dogs have a wet nose thanks to a thin layer of mucus that helps them absorb a scent. They can also lick their nose and taste the scent.

Sense of Smell

The sense of smell for a dog is 10,000 to 100,000 times greater than that of a human.

Hearing Sounds

Dogs can hear higher pitched sounds than humans. That’s why a dog whistle is silent to a human but not to a dog.


A dog’s ear contains 18 separate muscles used to move their ears.

Chow Chow

The Chow Chow dog breed has a pink tongue when they are born. At about 8-10 weeks their tongues turn to a blue-black color.


fun facts about dogsDogs have 3 eyelids to protect their eyes.

See in the Dark

Dogs can see in the dark. They have a special membrane, the tapetum lucidum, that allows them to see in the dark.

No Barking

The only dog in the world that doesn’t bark is the Basenji.

Speedy Dog

Greyhounds can run up to 45 miles per hour for short distances.


The original haircut of a Poodle was developed to improve on their swimming skills, while leaving hair on the joints help keep them warm.

Hear Sounds

A dog can hear sounds four times farther away than a human.

Puppy Population

When not spayed, a female dog and her female children can have 4,372 puppies in 7 years. Please spay and neuter your pets.

Longer Life

Spayed and neutered dogs live longer than those who are not. Now, that’s a great benefit of spaying and neutering!

Most Popular Dog

The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the US, Canada, and Great Britain.


A dog’s urine contains scents that tell other dogs if the dog was female, male, young, old, sick, or healthy.

Dog Bite

A dog can bite 10 times before a human can respond.


Puppies are born with their eyes closed, they can not hear, and they have no teeth.

Sleeping Puppies

In the first week of a puppy’s life, they spend 90% of their time sleeping and 10% eating.


Airedales are born black and change colors as they grow to black, tan, and grey.

New Born Puppies

happy dogNew born puppies find their mother using heat sensors in their noses before their eyes open.

Extreme Cold

The Alaskan Malamute can maintain with temperatures as low as -70 degrees F.

Six Toes

The only dog with six toes on each foot is the Norwegian Lundehund.

Body Temperature

The average temperature of a dog is 101.2 degrees F.

Popular Names

The most popular names for male dogs are Max and Jake. The most popular names for female dogs are Maggie and Molly.

Soft Spots

Chihuahuas have soft spots on their skulls when they are born.

Guinness Book of World Records

The facts below are according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Oldest Dog

An Australian Cattle dog named Bluey, set the record for the longest living dog in the world. He lived 29 years and 5 months in Victoria, Australia.

Smallest Service Dog

The smallest service dog is a long-haired Chihuahua named Cupcake who lives in Moorestown, New Jersey. She measures 6.25” tall, 14.25” long from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail, and 10.5” from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail.

Smallest Dog Living (height)

The smallest living dog, in terms of height, measured 3.8” tall. She is a Chihuahua named Milly living in Dorado, Puerto Rico.

Smallest Dog Living (length)

The smallest living dog, in terms of length, measured 6” from the nose to the tip of the tail. She is a Chihuahua named Brandy who lives in Largo, Florida.

Tallest Dog Living (female)

The tallest female living dog measures 37.96” tall. Her name is Lizzy and she lives in Fort Myers, Florida.

Tallest Dog Living (male)

The tallest male living dog measures 3 foot 4.75 inches tall. His name is Freddy and he lives in the UK.

Longest Ears on a Dog (ever)

The longest ears on a dog ever measured 13.75 inches on the right ear and 13.5 inches on the left ear. This Bloodhound was named Tigger and he lived in St Joseph, Illinois. He passed away in 2009.

Longest Tail on a Dog

The longest tail on a dog measures 30.2 inches. This Irish Wolfhound lives in Westerio, Belgium and is named Keon.

I hope you enjoyed these fun facts about dogs. Let me know in the comment section below or share a story about your dog.



  1. Hi Alice!
    This was a fun post to read! I didn’t know some of the facts. So, dogs can see colors? I never knew that! I love dogs! The are “good people” 🙂

    • Alice

      January 21, 2017 at 2:01 am

      Thank you for your comment, Kathy. I am glad you enjoyed reading it. It was very fun and interesting to write. I love dogs too and yes, they are good people!

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