Odd Dog Facts
There are many fascinating things about dogs. If you have one, you already know the basics. You know about loyalty, love and respect. You know how a dog is not stuck on the superficial. He or she does not care how you look. Below is a small list on some basic facts about dogs. They cover size, speed and weight.
The list also includes survivors and the question of intelligence. Enjoy.
1. The tallest dog is the Irish Wolfhound. Number two is the Great Dane. Hanging in at number 3 is your dog when it is trying to get something off the counter.
2. The smallest dog and probably the lightest is the Chihuahua.
3. The heaviest dog is the Saint Bernard.
4. The hairiest or most heavily coated dog award has plenty of choice. The obvious answer is any dog when it is shedding or Labradors because they seem to she all the time. Realistically, the hairiest dogs are Beared Collies, Old English Sheepdogs, Pulis and Komondors.
5. The least hairy dog is not yours after your kid goes wild with a razor. Following into this category are the American Hairless Terrier and the Mexican Hairless (Xolo).
6. The ugliest dog is a personal and subjective category. There are, however, contest for this category. One such event is held annually in Petaluma, California. The most common winners are Chinese Crested and Chihuahua crosses.
7. The smartest dogs are the Border Collie, the Poodle and the Golden Retriever.
8. The dumbest dog is the Afghan Dog. When you are this pretty, who needs brains?
9. The fastest dog is the Greyhound. It is the second fastest animal in the world. Coming in a close second is the Saluki.
10. The slowest dog is probably any dog who is avoiding anything they do not want to do any time soon. Practically, however, the slowest dog is probably the Bassett Hound or the Dachshund.
11. The oldest recorded known breed in the world is the Saluki. It dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Mesopotamian carvings indicate a similar dog was in existence in 14,000 B.C.
12. The oldest American breed of dog is the American Foxhound. It dates from 1650.
13. The oldest British breed of dog is the English Mastiff. This dog dates back as far back as the 6th century B.C.
14. The oldest Asian breed old dog is the Chow Chow. It dates back as far as 150 B.C.
15. The oldest existing ancestral dogs are the Dingo of Australia and the Singing Dog from New Guinea.
16. The longest living dog ever recorded to date was an Australian Cattle Dog. Bluey lived in Victoria, Australia. He was born in 1910 and died in 1939 at age 29 years and 5 months. The 5 months is important. A Papillon dog by the name of Fred was Britain’s oldest dog. He died at age 29. In the United States, the record for oldest dog belonged to butch. He died at age 28.
17. The dog with the biggest ears is Jack of Fulda Germany. He earned this honor in 2004 with ears 33.2 cm. (13’) long. It should not be a surprise that Jack is a Bassett Hound.