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Fabulous Facts about Dogs

This pup could read
facts all day long!

Black Square The five most common dog names:
Male: Max, Jake, Buddy, Bailey, Sam
Female: Maggie, Molly, Lady, Sadie, Lucy

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Black Square The ten most popular dogs (AKC, 2007) are in order:
Labrador Retriever, Yorkshire Terrier, German Shepherd,
Golden Retriever, Beagle, Boxer, Dachshund, Poodle,
Shih Tzu, and Bulldog

Black Square A famous Beagle you might have heard about is Snoopy the dog.
He was a character from the Peanuts comic strip. Everyone loved
the adorable Beagle named Snoopy that was in the newspaper since 1950.

Black Square Dachshunds were bred to fight badgers in their dens.

Black Square Chicken or steak bones leftover from dinner can choke your dog
break and cause damage to the inside of her body. Visit your
favorite pet store to find special bones that are safe for your dog to chew. 

Black Square Some dogs have coats with two layers: the beautiful hair you can see,
and a hidden, second coat called an undercoat. This undercoat helps
a dog stay warm and dry in cold weather and it protects his skin from the hot sun, too.

Black Square A puppy is born without teeth. When the pup is three to four weeks old,
28 teeth will break through the gums so the puppy will be able to eat solid food.

Black Square Dalmatian puppies are pure white when they are born and develop
their spots as they mature and grow older.

Black Square There are two famous Parson (Jack) Russell Terriers on TV.
Eddie is famous for his antics on Frazier, and Wishbone has his own TV show on PBS!

Black Square A Golden Retriever's coat has two layers: the beautiful golden hair
you can see, and a hidden, second coat called an undercoat. This undercoat
helps a Golden stay warm and dry while he's swimming or in cold weather.

Black Square At a Do-It-Yourself Dog Wash, you pay to use the tub, towels, soap,
and dryer. The tubs are up high so you don't have to bend
over and you
don't have to clean up the mess. Your dog will enjoy seeing dogs in the
other tubs getting their rub-a-dub-dub!

Black Square A dog's temperature is between 100.2-102.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

Black Square The American Kennel Club recognizes 157 different kinds of purebred dogs.

Black Square Irish Wolfhounds are the tallest dogs among all breeds.

Black Square German Shepherd Dogs love to herd. Although this dog's name
sounds like 'SHEPARD', the correct spelling is 'SHEPHERD'.
Notice the word 'herd' in his name.

Black Square Dogs were the first animals domesticated by people.

Black Square At 4-8 weeks of age, a puppy's mouth will get 28 baby teeth.
At 4-7 months of age, the baby teeth fall out and are replaced
with 42 permanent adult teeth.

Black Square There is no purebred dog called a Golden Lab. Your dog is either
a Golden Retriever or a Labrador Retriever.

Black Square The following indicate possible health problems and should be checked
by a vet: vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, excessive sneezing, coughing,
or abnormal discharge from eyes.

Black Square In the middle ages, Rottweilers were used to hunt boar,
which are wild pigs with tusks.

Black Square The American Kennel Club says that Cocker Spaniels are the smallest
member of the sporting dog family.

Black Square Dogs have been wearing collars ever since Egyptian times!
have seen dogs with collars in art that dates back to ancient times.

Black Square A puppy is born without teeth. When your pup is three to four
weeks old, 28 teeth will break through the gums so the puppy
will be able to eat solid food.

Black Square Dogs were first domesticated about 12,000 years ago.

Black Square The phrase "Dog Days of Summer" comes from an ancient Roman belief.
It was believed that the Dog star, Sirius, gave off a lot of heat and caused
higher temperatures during the months of
June, July, and August.

Black Square To keep themselves warm in the winter, dogs sometimes curl up
with their tail covering their nose.

Black Square In many cities, there are close to 50,000 pets each year that have
no homes and no one to take care of them.

Black Square Lassie was the first animal named to the Animal Hall of Fame in 1969.

Black Square Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed among AKC registered dogs.

Black Square Television’s original Lassie was a male dog.

Black Square Did you know that dogs have three eyelids? They have an upper
and lower eyelid and a third one inside of the other two. It helps
protect the eye from dirt and dust. It is also called a "haw".



Here are some fun books that have lots of interesting facts about dogs!

Give a Dog a Bone

Give a Dog a Bone: Stories, Poems, Jokes, and Riddles about Dogs, By Joanna Cole, Stephanie Calmenson, Scholastic; Reprint edition (August 1, 1999)
Popular children's book authors Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson bring together dog poems by Rudyard Kipling, Myra Cohn Livingston and others; a rebus story; canine facts and photos; jokes, riddles and stories. Ages 7-10

More Riddle and Joke Books


Everything Dog, by Marty Crisp, 2003
From Publishers Weekly:
Organized by questions phrased the way a child might pose them, Everything Dog: What Kids Really Want to Know About Dogs by Marty Crisp answers a plethora of queries, from "Do dogs come from dinosaurs?" to "Do dogs cry?" (No, the author says, "They use body language [tail between legs, head down] or sounds [howls and whimpers]" to express grief). Great photographs of adorable pups and adult dogs emphasize the author's answers. Ages 8-11.

How Smart is Your Dog

How Smart is Your Dog?: 30 Fun Science Activities with Your Pet, by D. Caroline Coile; Sterling; (May 28, 2003)
Your dog will act "smarter" if you know more about how he "thinks." Enter the world of canine senses--how your dog sees, hears, smells, tastes, and touches differently from you, and how a dog's life and aging process differ from yours. You even learn to read your dog's mind-brain function, intelligence, memory, and learning abilities--based on its biological origins. The most fun part is the experiments to test your dog's health, reflexes, vision, and scent; or even trace its behavior back to the wolves that are its ancestors. Grades K-5



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