26 reasons to celebrate World Dog Day this August 26th!

  1. A puppy will reach half it’s adult weight in just 4-5 months
  2. When they are first born puppies, have heat sensors in their noses so they can still locate their mum even though their eyes and ears are closed
  3. During the phase of rapid growth, a puppy requires between 18 to 20 hours of sleep or rest each day 
  4. Depending on the breed it takes another 7 – 19 months to reach its adult size
  5. The fastest of all the dog breeds is the grey hound which has been clocked at speeds over 72 km/per hour 
  6. Dogs with raised ears have a better sense of hearing then those with floppy ears
  7. The life span of dogs is between 10 and 14 years but luckily for owners this is continuing to increase with each decade 
  8. As a general rule, smaller breeds such as Jack Russell’s live longer than larger breeds like Great Danes
  9. Patting your dog releases the hormone oxytocin (it’s a feel good hormone) in both people and dogs. 
  10. Although all dogs are omnivores (that means they can eat meat, grain and vegetables), the bulk of their diet should be meat or meat meal based
  11. The nose print on dogs is unique to each dog just like our finger prints are unique
  12. The first animal in space, traveling around earth was a Russian Dog called Laika
  13. Many people believe that dogs are colour blind. They actually only lack red receptors in their eyes so they see a world in black, white and shades or blue and yellow 
  14. The only place that a dog can sweat is through it’s paws
  15. Dogs have a total of three eyelids. One of these is solely to keep their eyes moist and protected
  16. The Basenji is the only breed of dog that doesn’t bark 
  17. All dogs share 99.4% DNA with wolves
  18. Dogs like to curl up when they sleep to not only stay warm but to instinctively protect their vital organs
  19. Dogs have 6 million smell receptors in their nose
  20. Dogs will appear to sneeze but often just cleaning their nose for the next set of smells
  21. A good working dog is equivalent to approximately 2 humans 
  22. Dogs have been used in wars to carry supplies, notes and first aid including the Airedale Terrier. Some even had gas masks made for them
  23. The bite pressure of the average dog is 22kg per square cm
  24. A dog has twice the number of muscles in their ear compared to humans. This allows for accurate and minute control 
  25. The female dog (known as the bitch) carries puppies for an average of nine weeks prior to their birth
  26. If your dog buries a bone, it is usually an indicator of it being well fed