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12 Fun Facts About Dogs

One-third of American households have at least one pet dog, accounting for the 70- to 80-million dogs throughout the United States. Whether you are one of these dog owners, dog lovers, or dog trainers in Salt Lake City, read the following list of fun facts about man’s best friend:

    1. Dogs were domesticated over 10,000 years ago and were the first animals that man domesticated.
    2. Although many people believe that dogs are color-blind, they can actually see most colors, but they tend to struggle differentiating between green and red.
    3. Dog urine can corrode metal, and many countries have struggled reinforcing light poles and other things that dogs have urinated on.
    4. Being able to detect organic compounds in humans has allowed dogs to diagnose cancer, diabetes, epileptic seizures, and more.

Fun Facts about Dogs

  • The only place where a dog has sweat glands is between its paws.
  • There are over 1-million dogs that are named as beneficiaries on their owner’s wills.
  • The fastest dog, clocked at 45 mph, is the greyhound. Irish wolfhounds are the largest, Chihuahuas are the smallest, Saint Bernards are the heaviest, border collies and poodles are considered the smartest, and Afghan hounds are considered the least smart.
  • Dogs have a third eyelid that lubricates and protects the eye.
  • There were 3 dogs that survived the sinking of the Titanic: a Newfoundland, Pomeranian, and Pekingese. Part of this may be due to the fact that Newfoundlands are excellent swimmers since they are born with webbed feet.
  • In 1957, a dog named Laika was the first living creature to go into space. When the dog came back to Earth, he fathered four puppies for John F. Kennedy.
  • There are 703 breeds of purebred dogs in the world.
  • A dog’s sense of smell is 100,000 times stronger than a human’s, and their hearing is 10 times better.


Dogs are incredible creatures. You can learn more about the interesting things that they are capable of by visiting Alpha Dog Training for more information.