Woof Wisdom: 32 Intriguing Facts About Man’s Best Friend- Part 2

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1Bobbie

Bobbie

In 1923, Bobbie the Wonder Dog walked a distance of at least 2,551 miles (4,105 km) through plains, desert, and mountains in the winter to return home to his family, swimming in rivers and even crossing the Continental Divide in the coldest part of winter.


2. When dogs get the "Zoomies", it's known as Frenetic Random Activity Periods, or FRAPS, which is pent-up energy.


3. The dog named Terry from the Wizard of Oz was paid $125 per week which was more than some of the other actors in the film.


4. The boxers are named so because they will paw at you, or 'box you', to show affection.


5. After years of inbreeding by kennel clubs, modern bulldogs' noses are so squashed they can barely breathe, their heads are so big they almost always have to be born via C-section. Their tails can become ingrown, they all have hip dysplasia, and their average life expectancy is 6 years.


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6Pitbulls ban

Pitbulls ban

After banning pit bulls in 1991, the rate of dog bites in the UK remained the same.


7. In 2007, a 9-year-old Jack Russell Terrier named George sacrificed himself to save 5 children from an attack by 2 Pit Bulls. All 3 dogs had to be euthanized, but George was posthumously awarded a PDSA Gold Medal and his heroism was commemorated with a bronze statue.


8. Rin Tin Tin, a German shepherd that starred in many silent films, almost won the first Oscar for best actor but the Academy, "believed that this new idea of handing out these Oscars could possibly be damaged by the first Best Actor being a dog."


9. Pugs originated in Tibet and were brought as presents to the ladies of sailors as presents and went by the name "little Turks."


10. In 2016, when a sheepdog named Pero was sold to a sheep farmer in Cumbria in United Kingdom, he escaped the farm and made a 240-mile solo journey back to his birthplace of Ceredigion to reunite with his original owner.


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11Barry

Barry

Barry, a mountain rescue dog in Switzerland, saved more than 40 lives of stranded people buried under avalanches during his lifetime.


12. The poodle is historically a hunting dog, and its iconic pom-pom haircut is intended to help the dog stay buoyant while retrieving waterfowl.


13. Pit Bulls were once known as "nanny dogs" because of how kind and protective they were of children.


14. The Leonberger breed of dogs were used a lot in both World Wars in and around Germany. So many of the dogs were abandoned or killed in action due to invasions that every currently living Leonberger can be traced back to only 8 that remained after World War 2.


15. Among all the dog breeds, golden retrievers are the most prone to cancer. It is estimated that up to 75% of all golden retrievers will get cancer during their lifetimes.


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16Dachshunds

Dachshunds

Dachshunds look like they do because they were bred to hunt badgers and other animals that live in burrows.


17. Dalmatians used to run alongside horse-drawn firetrucks acting as a barking siren to clear crowds, thus their positive reputations with firefighters.


18. The first undisputed dog remains buried with a human are dated 14,700 years ago. Disputed remains go as far back as 36,000 years ago.


19. Airedale Terriers carried messages for soldiers during World War 1 and were very dedicated to their duties. One named 'Jack' ran through half a mile of enemy fire. He made it to headquarters with his jaw broken and one leg badly splintered and died just after delivering his message.


20. Bloodhounds are so adept at scent tracking that the results are admissible evidence in a court of law. One of the greatest sleuths in canine history was a Kentucky bloodhound called Nick Carter. His dogged persistence led to the capture and conviction of more than 600 criminals throughout his career.


21Corgis

Corgis

All corgis suffer from achondroplastic dwarfism.


22. The only non-military dog to be awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery was a collie named Sheila. In 1944, she tracked down 4 injured US airmen on a mountain during a blizzard, after their B-17 crashed. She led locals to their location, who evacuated them before the bombs detonated shortly after.


23. Dogs can eat raw chicken bones. The issue is with any cooked bone. Cooked bones become dry and brittle which can crack and splinter leading to choking, internal injuries, punctured organs, and, or death. All cooked bones should be disposed of properly and not be given as treats.


24. German shepherds were renamed to "Alsatian Wolf Dog" after World War 1 due to the anti-German sentiment of the era.


25. Not all breeds of dogs can swim. Among those that can’t swim at all or swim only with great difficulty are basset hounds, bulldogs, dachshunds, pugs, corgis, Scottish and Boston terriers, and greyhounds.

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