18 Interesting & Weird Facts About Domestic Dogs For Kids


Long-haired dogs, such as Afghans, can cough up fur balls. It is important to ensure these do not choke the animals.


St. Bernards are the best known breed of rescue dog, and are almost always shown carrying a small barrel containing food.


During the 1930s, Cocker Spaniels were the most popular dogs in Britain winning Cruft’s Best in Show in 1930 and 1931


In Germany, the Great Dane has been the country’s national dog since 1876.

Many dogs respond favorably to music. Some provide vocal accompaniment, while a few have even learned to play an instruments like the piano

Dogs often form close relationships with other animals, ranging from baby chick to lambs


A dog’s appetite can vary depending on hormonal changes or external influences such as climate.


Renowned as one of the world’s finest sheep dogs, the Border Collie has been used to herd sheep for centuries.

A Rough-coated Collie is also known as the Lassie Collie because of its association with the canine TV star.


Renowned as one of the world’s finest sheepdogs, the Border Collie has been used to herd sheep for centuries.


Gundogs such as Retrievers and Setters are reputed to inherent their ability from their parents, so youngsters from good working stock usually have a head start over others.


The first living creatures to return from space alive were the dogs Belka and Strelka.


Dogs appear in Roman and Greek myths and legends, as well as in Biblical stories. However, they are not always viewed in a favorable light.


Trained Bloodhounds are not easily diverted from the trail and try their utmost to regain a lost trail, even taking up the scent after cross- ing water.


Some Dogs for the Disabled load and unload washing machines, something readily taken for granted by most of us but an impossible feat for some people.


Exemption shows include some mixed pedigree classes, but are much more informal than championship shows.


The first recorded attempt to train dogs for guide work was in the 18th century, when a Paris hospital provided blind patients with dogs in order to lead them through the streets.


In 1944, a litter of 23 puppies was produced by an American Foxhound in Pennsylvania.

Lassie, one of the most famous canine stars of all time, was really a male Collie named Pat.


The Portuguese Water Dog was originally used to carry messages from boat to boat by swimming to and fro.

Rottweilers are reputed to have guarded livestock during the march of the Roman Soldiers across Europe, leading to the breed’s arrival in Germany.

The Siberian Husky is a dog indifferent to cold and snow, a great jumper and clever digger


The Elkhound is a popular dog with multiple uses, it acts as sled, shepherd and guard dog as well as working for the Army.


Many Korean dog breeds were facing extinction but are now the subject of careful and selective breeding programs.

Source: The Complete Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds

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