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Saturday Stories – ‘Did-you-know’ Doggy Facts

This week we thought it might be interesting to present you with some ‘Did You Know’ doggy facts, including the fastest dog, the number of dog breeds, the world’s oldest dog and more.

Did you know:

  • The fastest breed of dog are greyhounds, which can reach speeds of up to 45MPH. Although this is very fast, greyhounds can still be outrun by other animals such as cheetahs which can run 75MPH.
  • According to the World Canine Organization there are approximately 339 known breeds of dog in the world.
  • The oldest dog ever in recorded history was 29 years old. This was an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey who spent her life living peacefully on a farm.
  • The biggest dog in the world at the moment is a Great Dane called Freddy, who stands at 7ft 6in on his hind legs. The smallest is a Chihuahua named Milly who is 3.8in tall.
  • A dog’s smell is approximately 10,000 times as powerful as a human’s – they can detect some odors in parts per trillion. If we compare the same difference in terms of vision, what we can see at a third of a mile away would be just as visible to a dog at 3000 miles away.
  • The most popular breed of dog in the UK is Labrador Retriever, which has been the case for 27 years. However, it is predicted that by the end of 2018 French Bulldog will become the most popular.
  • Studies have shown that dogs generally align themselves with the earth’s magnetic field before going to the toilet, preferring to face north or south.

Individual image credits:

Great Dane by Lilly M (Own work) | GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0  CC BY 2.5 | Wikimedia Commons
Chihuahua by Danielle deLeon (posted to Flickr as Degaen) | CC BY 2.0 | Wikimedia Commons
Compass: original by Denelson83 |derivative work by smial | GFDL CC-BY-SA-3.0 | Wikimedia Commons


Chris Green

About the Author: Chris Green works in the office at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs, using his technical expertise to assist wherever needed. In his spare time he likes playing guitar and bass, and hiking around Dartmoor.

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