From time immemorial, dogs have been called “man’s best friend”. And that’s because they are, fun-loving, and protective. From the tallest dog in the world to how smart they actually are, here are 12 dog facts that will completely blow your mind.
1. You’d be surprised to know that dogs don’t feel guilt. They are only submissive and may look ashamed when confronted by their masters.
2. The tallest dog ever was a Great Dane named Zeus. The dog was 44 inches tall on October 4th 2011 and is the current Guinness World Record holder.
Here is a hilarious video of Great Danes roaring for their master’s food:
3. Dogs have a very strong ability to tell when people are not being trustworthy. In fact., the chances are high that they would stop listening to a person if they think the person is unreliable.
4. Cheetahs may be the fastest land animals in the world but one breed of dogs, the Greyhound, can actually beat them in a long distance race. Greyhounds have excellent stamina and can maintain a speed of up to 35 mph for up to 7 miles.
5. The Saluki holds the Guiness World Record for being the oldest dog breed in the world. This breed dates back to 329 BC and are believed to have been pets in ancient Egypt.
6. One of the qualities that make dogs unique is their ability to wag their tails. The tail wagging can mean either of two things: dogs wag their tails to the right when they feel happy, but to the left when they feel anxious.
7. The African Hunting Dog is the world’s most efficient land hunters.They hold the Guiness World Record for it because about 50-70 % of their hunts are successful.
8. The average dog is as smart as a two-year-old child. They are capable of counting up to five and can understand up to 250 words and gestures.
9. Three dogs survived the sinking of the titanic. They were all in first class and one was saved by its owner who wrapped it in a blanket and made everyone think it was a child.
10. Over 30,000 dogs are slaughtered for their meat and fur in China on a daily basis. It is also perfectly legal in Switzerland to consume dog and cat meat as food.
11. Dogs have an average lifespan of just 10 to 14 years. Moreover, smaller breeds tend to live longer than larger breeds.
12. When dogs are sleeping, there is a chance that what they dream about is their owners. Experts have revealed that your dog may be dreaming about “your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you”. There are just so many reasons to love dogs! Aren’t there?!
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