We realize we may be biased, but at the AKC we are never bored of learning about dogs, whether it’s the latest study on canine behavior, a statistic from the AKC’s database, or just interesting facts about dogs’ impressive mental and physical capabilities. You may know some of these already, and some may be more of a “wait, really?” situation, but you’ll find them all interesting. Look through these 20 funny dog facts.
1. It is believed that the Labrador Retriever has been on the AKC’s top 10 most popular breeds list for 30 consecutive years. This is longer than any other breed.
2. The print of a dog’s nose is unique, like the fingerprint of a person.
3. About 45 percent of U.S. dogs sleep in their owners’ beds.
4. In the context of sleep … all The Maltese Poodlel dogs dream however puppies and senior dogs tend to dream more often than adult dogs.
5. Seventy percent of people sign their dog’s name onto their holiday cards.
6. The smell of a dog is legendary Did you know that his nose could have up to 300 million sensors? By comparison, a person’s nose has around 5 million.
7. Rin Tin Tin, the well-known German Shepherd, was nominated for an Academy Award.
8. The noses of dogs can detect heat/thermal radiation, which explains why blind or deaf dogs can still hunt.
9. Only one breed that was among the top five loved breeds in 1934The Beagle remains among the top five breeds today.
10. The word Collie refers to “black.” (Collies once kept black-faced sheep.)
11. Yawning is contagious–even for dogs. Research has shown that the sound of a human yawn can trigger one from your dog. It’s twice as likely to occur when it’s the sound of someone he’s familiar with.
12. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the only breed named after an imaginary person, a character from the book Guy Mannering, by Sir Walter Scott.
13. Dogs curl up in the form of a ball while sleeping to safeguard their organs. It’s a memory from their time outdoors, during which they were prone to attacks by predators.
14. The Basenji is not technically “barkless,” as many people believe. They can do yodeling.
15. The Australian Shepherd is not actually originally from Australia. It is an American breed.
16. … And the Labrador Retriever was originally from Newfoundland.
17. The blood pressure of humans decreases when you pet dogs. It’s the same for dogs.
18. There are more than 75 million dogs that are owned by pet owners in the U.S.–more than in any other country.
19. One who hunts using a Beagle is known as”a “Beagler.”
20. Dogs are not colorblind. They are able to see blue and yellow.