Let’s Talk About Man’s Best Friend – Dogs
Most people want to know as much as possible about their dog or the
particular breed, so that they can give their pet the best possible care.
Have you been asking questions about your dog which haven’t been
answered – for one reason or another?
You are not on your own – most people have some unanswered questions.
so I thought it would not only be helpful, but also beneficial
to draw up a list of some of the most commonly asked questions (with answers)
so we can be more informed about our furry little friends!
1. How many bones does a dog have in it’s body?
- A dog has an average of 319 bones in their body.
2. Can dogs get sunburned?
- Yes they can. Light-colored dogs, especially ones with pink skin, are particularly at risk.
3. What is the average lifespan of a small breed dog?
- Anywhere from 12 to 18 years.
4. What is the average lifespan of a large breed dog?
- Anywhere from 7 to 12 years. As a general rule, the larger the breed, the shorter the lifespan.
5. What is the normal temperature of a dog and how does that compare to a human?
- Normal body temperature of a dog is higher than that of a human, and ranges between 100.5 degrees F to 101.5 degrees F. Human temperature is 98.6 degrees F.
6. What is the normal heart rate of a dog and how does that compare to a human heart rate?
- The normal heart rate of a dog is anywhere from 80 to 120 beats per minute (depending on the breed/size of the dog). Most humans have a heart rate of about 60 to 80 beats per minute. A dog’s heart beats twice as fast as a human heart.
7. How many vocal sounds can a dog make and how does that compare to a cat?
- Dogs can only make 10 vocal sounds, compared to a cat which can make about 100 vocal sounds.
8. How old was the oldest living dog?
- The oldest living dog on record was an Australian Cattle dog called Bluey; he lived in Australia and worked among cattle and sheep for nearly twenty years. Bluey lived to the ripe old age of 29.
9. How does a dog’s sense of smell compare to human sense of smell?
- Dogs have over 200 million scent receptors in their nasal folds compared to 5 million in humans. Because of their keen sense of smell, they are used as tracker dogs to sniff out drugs, explosives, food, people (both alive and dead).
10. Of all the dog senses, which one does he trust the least?
- Dogs trust their sense of sight the least.
11. Do dogs see in color?
- Dogs do see in color – but mostly in shades of grey. They cannot distinguish between red, orange, yellow or green. They can see some shades of blue but blues are often seen as shades of grey.
12. How does a dog’s sense of taste compare to humans?
- Humans have six times as many taste buds as dogs. Most of a dog’s taste buds are located only on the tip of the tongue. Dogs can detect sweet, sour, bitter and salty tastes. A dog smells rather than tastes.
13. What percentage of dogs are thought to be overweight?
- USA – 45% of all American household pets
- UK – 59% of all British pets
- AUSTRALIA – 41% of all Australian pets
14. What is the World’s Most Popular Breed of Dog?
- Labrador Retriever
15. What is the World’s Most Smartest Breed of Dog?
- Border Collie (followed closely in second place by the Poodle).
Did you find the answer you have been looking for?
If not, send in your questions and I will do my best to find an answer for you.
Enjoy your dog – he adores you!