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Did you know that the scientific name for a domestic dog is Canis lupus familiaris? Did you know that the Chow Chow dog has a black tongue? Did you know that a dogs nose is wet so that it can collect smell chemicals from the air? Find many more interesting facts about dogs and puppies on the fact sheet and by watching the fun video below.

Fun Fact 1: Dogs originated over 30 millions of years, scientists discovered that they evolved from a weasel like animal, which over time developed into wolves and wild dogs, from which evolved the domesticated dog breeds we have today

Fun Fact 2: The relationship between man and dog has rewarded the dog the title Man's Best Friend! The dog was the first animal to be domesticated and has been a faithful companion ever since performing many tasks historically from hunting and herding to assisting the services, in more recent years they've helped to aid the disabled and assist with bomb and drug detection

Fun Fact 3: The AKC (American Kennel Club) recognise the different dog breeds by separating them into eight different dog groups, each specific breed then falls into a group. There are 157 different types of dog breeds within the eight groups

Fun Fact 4: The hearing senses of a dog are so superior that it can detect the source of a sound in 1/600 of a second. It can also hear sounds that are four times farther away than a human can hear

Fun Fact 5: The US Census reveals that there are almost 70,000,000 owned dogs in the US

Fun Fact 6: The Basenji, a hunting dog originating from Africa, is the only breed of dog that is regarded as bark-less! Instead it makes a sound frequently referred to as a 'barroo'

Fun Fact 7: The largest dog breed in the world is the Irish Wolfhounds, the smallest is the Chihuahua. The heaviest is the St. Bernard breed of dog

Fun Fact 8: The fastest dog on Earth is the Greyhound; they can reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour for a short period of time. The name Greyhound originates from a translation mistake from the German name Greishund, which means 'old dog' not the color grey as scholars translated

Fun Fact 9: The oldest dog verified on record was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey. He lived to be 29 years and 5 months old, in human terms that would be more than 160 years of age!

Fun Fact 10: The offspring of dogs are called Puppies, Pups or whelps; the average size of a litter of Puppies is between four - six

Fun Fact 11: Puppies are born blind and deaf, during its first week of life 90% of a puppies time is spent sleeping and 10% spent eating. By the age of three weeks the senses of a puppy will have developed and they start to interact with other puppies in the litter. Puppies are usually found new homes between the age of 7 and 12 weeks and will start house training around the same time

Fun Fact 12: When a puppy is one year old it is considered an adult

Fun Fact 13: More than 5 million puppies are born every year in America

Fun Fact 14: Market Research has shown that the Top 5 most popular dogs in the US are; Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Beagle and Bulldog

Fun Fact 15: The Labrador Retriever is the Number 1 favorite type of dog breed in the USA, Canada and the UK!

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