Fun Dog Facts

Photo courtesy of Jane Ford.

Since National Dog Day was on Saturday, August 26, here are some awesome facts about dogs that you may not know!

  • Like fingerprints for humans, dogs’ noses are all unique.
  • Dalmatians are born all white – they develop their black spots as they grow older.
  • When your pup kicks their feet after they use the bathroom, they aren’t trying to mimic cats. They are marking their territory using the scent glands in their feet.
  • Dogs curl into a ball when they sleep because of their leftover instincts from the wild to stay warm and protect their vital organs.
  • Some cats are polydactyl (6 toes on a paw), but there is only one dog breed that has this – the Norwegian Lundehund.
  • When The Beatles recorded “A Day in the Life” they used a whistle that can only be heard by dogs because Sir Paul McCartney wanted to include it for his Shetland Sheepdog. Play this song to see if your pup picks up on it!
  • Can you hear that? Dogs have 18 muscles in their ears that allow them to move independently of one another. Humans only have 6.
  • Chicago sports influences – at Blum, we have 37 dogs named Wrigley, 2 dogs named Sox and at least 10 dogs named after athletes such as Toews and Rizzo.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, a Great Dane named Lizzie is the tallest dog in the world. She is 37.96 inches standing with all four paws on the ground!
  • According to the American Kennel Club, the Labrador Retriever has been the most popular breed in the United States for the past 26 years! It’s a popular breed at Blum, too. We have 1,283 Labrador Retrievers that are patients here!

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.