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25 Kickass and Interesting Facts About Dogs – Part 2.

Here are 25 Kickass and Interesting Facts About Dogs – Part 2. For part 1, click here. For part 3, click here.

1-5 Interesting Facts About Dogs

Turnspit dogs

1. The Canis vertigus, or turnspit dog, was an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain in the 16th century. The small cooking canine was bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit to cook meat evenly. The wheel was put high on the wall, to keep the dogs from overheating. – Source

2. Dogs sneeze to communicate to other dogs that they’re not being aggressive. – Source

3. In 2010, a team of researchers at the University of California tested the reliability of drug- and bomb-sniffing dogs. They put 18 police dogs through 144 runs of a clean room with no drugs or explosives. But the dogs indicated on 123 runs, indicating a failure rate of 85% according to the test’s criteria. – Source

4. In WWII, the US Army asked Americans to loan their untrained household canines to make the ultimate sacrifice: to serve in World War II. The dogs’ handlers even sent letters home to their owners for Christmas and to inform them of their dog’s performance throughout the war. – Source

5. According to a 2008 study published in the journal of Applied Animal Behavior Science, the most aggressive dog breeds are Dachshunds (wiener dogs), Chihuahuas, and Jack Russell Terriers; not the Pitbull, Rottweiler or Doberman. – Source

6-10 Interesting Facts About Dogs

Marcus Luttrell with his Dog

6. “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell received as part of recuperation a yellow Labrador puppy when he got home. On April 1, 2009, four men approached Luttrell’s property and killed the dog. Luttrell proceeded to chase the individuals through four counties in his truck armed with two 9 mm Berettas until police apprehended the individuals. – Source

7. Finding live victims is really important for rescue dogs. After 9/11, constantly finding bodies at the Ground Zero was leading to high stress in these dogs as they thought they were failing. To keep the spirits up, firefighters would hide in the rubble so that dogs could find them. – Source

8. Between 1943 and 1951, the fictional female Rough Collie dog named Lassie was the inspiration for seven MGM feature films. In 1951, MGM owed the Lassie’s owner and trainer $40,000 in back pay. Not planning any more Lassie movies, MGM instead gave the rights to the Lassie trademark to the dog’s trainer, who spun it off into a TV show that ran for 19 seasons. – Source

9. When police raided a dog fighting ring in South Carolina, 8 suspects attempted to flee the scene. One of the suspects was taken into custody after one dog chased him and “took him down.” The dog then escaped. – Source

10. As the Titanic sank “someone decided to free the dogs from their kennels, leading to the surreal sight of a pack of excited dogs racing up and down the slanting deck.” – Source

11-15 Interesting Facts About Dogs

Guide dog 9-11

11. A guide dog calmly led her owner and 30 other people down 1,463 steps out of the World Trade Center on 9/11 despite the confusion, smoke, and noise around them. After descending over half the distance, they passed the firemen who were heading up, who the dog stopped to greet. Once safe, the dog then helped a woman who was blinded by the debris. – Source

12. Dogs have bacteria on their paws that make them smell like corn chips. This is commonly referred to as “Frito Feet.” – Source

13. Dogs will sometimes fake being sick to get attention. – Source

14. In 1987, Gabi, a German Shepherd guard dog in a Belgrade Zoo fought and defeated an escaped jaguar and in doing so saved the life of a zoo employee. – Source

15. In 1929, popular dog actor Rin-Tin-Tin may have received the most votes for the first Academy Award for Best Actor, but the Academy determined that a human should win. – Source


16-20 Interesting Facts About Dogs

Moscow Subway dogs

16. Some of Moscow’s stray dogs have figured out how to use the city’s immense and complex subway system, getting on and off at their regular stops. In the morning they travel into city to scavenge for food and catch the train back home in the evening. – Source

17. Snub-nosed dog breeds continually struggle to breathe because of their deformity. – Source

18. Because domestic dogs are descended from wolves, dogs like squeakers as the squeaky noise is reminiscent of the squeaking sound frightened or injured prey would make, appealing to the dog’s hunting instincts. – Source

19. In 2013, a loyal German Shepherd in France prevented the suicide attempt of its owner by knocking the gun out of her hand and helped the woman stay alive long enough for authorities to find her and intervene. – Source

20. Rubbing your dog’s ears sends nerve impulses to the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. These glands secrete endorphins, pain-killing, feel-good hormones that make dogs feel relaxed, even euphoric. When you rub your dog’s ears, she’s essentially getting high on her own hormones. – Source

21-25 Interesting Facts About Dogs

Komondor Dog

21. A breed of dog called the Komondor is bred to guard sheep because their dreadlocks are too thick for wolves’ to bite through, and because they look like sheep. – Source

22. The Shiba Inu nearly became extinct during World War II due to a combination of food shortage and a post-war distemper epidemic. All subsequent dogs were bred from the only three surviving bloodlines. – Source

23. During World War II in Australia, there was an Australian Kelpie whose hearing was so acute that it could warn air force personnel of incoming Japanese planes 20 minutes before they arrived, and before they showed up on radar. He could also differentiate the sounds of allied from enemy aircraft. – Source

24. Chinese guide dog users are prohibited from using public transportation and are refused service by most private taxis, restaurants and supermarkets. China’s disability law does not protect guide dog users from discrimination, and Beijing actually penalizes guide dog use within its city limits. – Source

25. In 1923, a dog named Bobbie was separated from his owners and lost. Six months later, Bobbie appeared on their doorstep mangy and scrawny with feet worn to the bone; he showed all the signs of having walked the entire way back alone. During his ordeal he crossed 2,551 miles (4,105 km) of plains, desert and mountains in the winter to return home, an average of approximately 14 miles (23 km) per day. – Source

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