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.