Fun Facts

We’ve mentioned dogs facts in previous posts, but I wanted to add some more interesting, funny facts. Here are a few that I thought were interesting and/or funny:

  • Rin Tin Tin was the first American dog movie star and signed his own contracts for 22 movies with a pawprint.
  • George Washington had 36 foxhounds, and one was named Sweetlips.
  • Former President Lyndon Johnson howled with his favorite dog, Yuki, a stray rescued by his daughter, Luci, at a Texas gas station. He also had two Beagles named Him and Her.
  • Teddy Roosevelt’s pit bull, Pete, once ripped off a French ambassador’s pants at a White House event.
  • Franklin D. Roosebelt once spent $15,000 to have a destroyer return to the Aleutian Islands and retrieve his Scottie, Fala, who had been accidentally left behind.
  • Zorba, an English Mastiff, is the heaviest dog on record, weighing 343 lbs at the age of 8 in 1989.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest dog on record was a Yorkshire Terrier in Great Britain who, at the age of 2, weighed just 4 ounces.
  • The longest lived dog, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was an Australian Cattle Dog, named Bluey, who lived to be 29.
  • The Lundehund breed has 6 toes and can close its ears.
  • The only sweat glands a dog has are between the paw pads.
  • If none are spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in 6 years.
  • A 12 lb Yorkshire Terrier named Oliver once defended an elderly woman from an 80 lb Akita. The woman escaped to safety and the Yorkie survived with only nine stitches.
  • A German Shepherd guide dog, named Orient, led her blind hiker the entire 2100 mile Appalachian Trail.
  • Have fun!

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