Dogs! Aren’t they cute? We have for long wanted to create a post on this spectacularly beautiful and loveable animal but we really don’t know what stopped us from doing so. Anyway, here we are… So, how much do you know about dogs? Do you have a dog at home? If yes, have you ever noticed the strange behaviors of your Fido apart from his or her playful nature? You may have, you may not have…whatever! Let us ride along on a journey to learn 90 interesting dog facts. Are you all geared up?
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1. The earliest known ancestors of dogs lived some 40 million years ago. Scientists have named the ancestral animal as Miacis which looked similar to weasels and used to dwell in dens and trees. Miacis then evolved into Tomarctus from which the canines descended. Jackals, wolves and dogs all descended from Tomarctus.
2. Ancient Egyptians would mourn for days once their pet dogs died. They would smear their hair with mud, shave off their eyebrows and would audibly mourn for days.
3. You will never find a dog sweating all over its body. The only place where they have sweat glands is between their paws.
4. There are three eyelids in dogs – the upper and lower eyelid and the third one is known as ‘haw’ (nictitating membrane), which is responsible for lubricating and protecting their eyes.
5. There is a device known as ‘wagometer’. It was invented by Dr. Roger Mugford in 2003. Mugford claims that the device is capable of detecting the exact mood of a dog measuring its tail’s wag!
6. Prevent your dog from munching on pear and apple seeds because they contain arsenic and even small amounts of arsenic can turn out to be fatal for dogs.
7. Raisins and grapes are known to cause renal failure in dogs. Caffeine, cooked onions, macadamia nuts and chocolate are also harmful for dogs.
8. The shoulder blades found in a dog are not attached to the remaining skeleton and thereby increases its flexibility while running.
9. Kubla Khan was the only person in recorded history to have owned the maximum number of dogs ever. He owned 5,000 Mastiffs!
10. Plato, one of the most famous philosophers in the world, once said – “a dog has the soul of a philosopher”.
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11. Some mama dogs may simply reject their puppies that are cesarean born and cleaned before returning them back to their mothers.
12. After the collapse of the mighty Roman Empire, men became busier with survival and neglected dogs. It is then that dogs started roaming in packs and terrified villagers for their own survival. That is where the legend of werewolves started.
13. It was 17th century England where the phrase ‘raining cats and dogs’ emerged. During those days, stray dogs and cats would drown because of heavy rains and the dead bodies would float down the streets. It appeared as if dogs and cats rained!
14. In Far East during the ancient times, the Japanese Chins and Pekingese were extremely important and these dogs used to have their own human servants. The servants would carry those dogs to trade routes so that they (the dogs) could be gifted to emperors and kings.
15. In China, there were many temples where Pekingese were literally worshiped and this was actually centuries-old tradition.
16. Mastiff and Great Danes during Middle Ages were suited up with nice body armors and even spiked collars so that they could enter battlefield or even defend caravans.
17. The credit of inventing spiked collars goes to ancient Greeks. These collars were meant to protect the throats of the dogs during wolf attacks.
18. During Middle Ages copulation between noble hunting dogs and peasants’ mixed breed dogs was forbidden and the later had to wear blocks around their necks.
19. In Chinese astrology there is something known as ‘dog sign’ and those who are born under that sign are considered to be very loyal but with slightly abrupt temperament.
20. Iranians are forbidden by law to have pet dogs. Dogs are allowed as pets only if they are meant to be hunting or guarding dogs and the owners need to prove that. Muslims are usually shy of pet dogs because of widespread rabies endemic in Middle East.