• The smallest dog on record was a matchbox-size Yorkshire Terrier. It was 2.5″ tall at the shoulder, 3.5″ from nose tip to tail, and weighed only 4 ounces.
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  • At the end of WWI, the German government trained the first guide dogs for war-blinded soldiers.
  • Laika, the first dog in space, did not die peacefully as initially reported by the Soviets. She died because the cabin overheated.
  • A dog’s nose is the equivalent of a human fingerprint: each has a unique pattern.
  • Dogs and elephants are the only animals that seem to instinctively understand pointing.
  • A dog can locate the source of a sound in 1/600 of a second and can hear sounds four times farther away than a human can.
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  • Unspayed females dogs only go into heat twice a year.
  • Rin Tin Tin was the first Hollywood dog star.
  • Bloodhounds are able to trace scents that are over 300 hours old.
  • If your dog’s feet smell like corn chips, you’re not alone. The term “Frito Feet” was coined to describe the scent.
  • There are also diabetic alert dogs who signal their human when they pick up on the special scent that is released when their human’s insulin levels drop.
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  • Newfoundlands are excellent swimmers because they have webbed feet.
  • The Labrador dog is from Newfoundland and the Newfoundland dog is from Labrador.
  • Touch is the first sense the dog develops. The entire body, including the paws, is covered with touch-sensitive nerve endings.
  • The oldest known dog bones were found in Asia and date as far back as 10,000 B.C. The first identifiable dog breed appeared about 9000 B.C. and was probably a type of Greyhound dog used for hunting.
  • Dalmatian puppies are born completely white and develop their spots over time.
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  • A service dog named Kirsch received an honorary master’s degree in mental health counseling for attending all of his owner’s classes.
  • It is much easier for dogs to learn spoken commands if they are given in conjunction with hand signals or gestures.
  • Dogs in a pack are more likely to chase and hunt than a single dog on its own. Two dogs are enough to form a pack.
  • Rin Tin Tin the first Hollywood dog star signed his movie contracts all 22 of them with a pawprint.
  • U.S. Customs dogs “Rocky” and “Barco” were so good at patrolling the border that Mexican drug lords put a $300,000 bounty on their heads.
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  • Petting dogs are proven to lower blood pressure of dog owners.
  • Wolves and dogs can mate to produce fertile offspring.
  • Once a dog hits the age of 10, its chance of dying from cancer is 50%.
  • Only 5% of dogs experience dental decay, compared with 90% of children.
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