Dogs have firmly cemented their place in modern society as man’s best friend, but how much do you really know about your furry companion? These 25 dog facts for kids are a fitting starting point to learn more about your pup whether she is the family protector or a couch potato, and your kids will be thrilled to learn them along with you.
#25 Dog Facts for Kids: Dog aren’t actually color blind.
The “common knowledge” that dogs are color blind is actually incorrect. While dogs don’t experience the full spectrum of colors that we do, they are able to distinguish between certain colors like blue and yellow.
#24 Dog Facts for Kids: All puppies are born blind and deaf.
At birth, dogs’ eyes are sealed shut and won’t open for approximately 2 weeks. Their hearing doesn’t develop until around the age of 6 weeks.
#23 Dog Facts for Kids: The worldwide dog population is estimated to be over 400 million.
Comprised of around 400 different species, there are over 400 million dogs throughout the world.
#22 Dog Facts for Kids: The most common dog breed is the Labrador.
Known for their gentle and obedient nature, Labrador retrievers are the most popular dog in the world and have been on the American Kennel Club’s top 10 dog breed list for over 30 years. They are frequently used for hunting, police work, and as guide dogs.
#21 Dog Facts for Kids: Yawning is contagious for dogs.
Much like humans, dogs find yawns to be contagious. If they see or hear another dog or person yawn, then they are likely to follow suit. Interestingly enough, the dog is four times as likely to yawn as well if they know the person who is yawning.
#20 Dog Facts for Kids: Dogs are as smart as toddlers.
On average, it is estimated that dogs possess the equivalent intelligence of a 2-year-old child. Certain breeds like the German Shepherd Dog can easily double that estimated age.
#19 Dog Facts for Kids: A German Shepherd was nominated for an Academy Award.
Rin Tin Tin was a German Shepherd Dog that was nominated for the first ever Academy Award for Best Actor in 1929.
#18 Dog Facts for Kids: Dogs sweat through their nose and their paws.
While panting is the primary way for a dog to cool themselves, they are capable of sweating through the skin on both their noses and their paws.
#17 Dog Facts for Kids: Dogs were domesticated from wild wolves.
Estimates vary, but some scientists believe that dogs were first domesticated from the wolf approximately 15,000 years ago. Early breeds were used to help hunt and as companion animals.
#16 Dog Facts for Kids: Popular breeds change significantly over time.
The beagle is the only dog breed from 1934 to still remain in the AKC’s top five most popular dog breed ranking.
#15 Dog Facts for Kids: Puppies can dream.
Actually, all dogs dream, but puppies and senior dogs dream more than other adult dogs.
#14 Dog Facts for Kids: Dogs have puppy teeth.
Just like humans have baby teeth, puppies have teeth called milk teeth that grow around 6 weeks old. Over the next several months, these teeth will fall out and be replaced with larger, thicker adult teeth.
#13 Dog Facts for Kids: Their noses can sense heat.
Dogs are able to detect heat or thermal radiation through their noses. This enables dogs that have disabilities or that have otherwise lost or injured their senses of sight or hearing to still hunt.
#12 Dog Facts for Kids: Australian Shepherds are American.
The Australian Shepherd is not actually from Australia. Border Collies were cross-bred with several different breeds of European shepherds and eventually imported to North America. Ranchers then took a liking to the unique breed and continued cross-breeding other dogs to refine it into the Australian Shepherd.
#11 Dog Facts for Kids: Dalmatians are born entirely white.
Just like in the movies, dalmatians are born without any spots. As they grow older, they develop spots and become recognizable as the special breed they are.
#10 Dog Facts for Kids: Dogs are kind.
Dogs are one of the only animals that show kindness towards others without any hope for a reward. This places them among a small minority of the animal kingdom with the capacity for unselfish action.
#9 Dog Facts for Kids: Petting a dog is relaxing.
Research has shown that a person’s blood pressure goes down while petting a dog and so does the dogs.
#8 Dog Facts for Kids: Almost half of all dog owners let their dogs sleep in bed with them.
Forty-five percent of all dog owners share their bed with their pet!
#7 Dog Facts for Kids: Dogs can yodel.
Barks, growls, yips, and whines are all common noises to hear a canine make, but a specific breed of dog can actually yodel. Sometimes called the bark-less dog, the basenji is an African hunting dog known for its unique and varied yodels.
#6 Dog Facts for Kids: Their sense of smell is over 40 times stronger than a person.
Dogs can have up to 300 million scent receptors while the average human’s nose only contains around 5 million.
#5 Dog Facts for Kids: Bloodhounds can be used as criminal evidence.
Speaking of smell, a bloodhound’s tracking ability and sense of smell are so powerful that the results of their tracks are legally able to be entered into court as evidence. Originally bred to track deer and wild boar, the bloodhound is commonly used by police to track missing persons and has even been trained by private groups to track other missing dogs!
#4 Dog Facts for Kids: The smallest dog on record only weighed 1 pound.
#3 Dog Facts for Kids: The largest dog ever was the size of a donkey.
Other dogs have been taller or heavier, but a mastiff named Zorba holds the Guinness Book of World Records title as the largest dog ever. Zorba weighed in at an astounding 343 pounds and measured over 8 feet long.
#2 Dog Facts for Kids: A greyhound can outrun a cheetah.
While a cheetah may be the fastest land mammal in the world, a greyhound would beat them in a race. Cheetahs’ top speed tips the scales at 70 mph, but they can only run that fast for about 30 seconds. However, greyhounds are able to run at their top speed of 35 mph for over 7 miles.
#1 Dog Facts for Kids: A dog’s nose print is unique.
Just like a human fingerprint, the nose print of a canine is unique among all other members of the species. That means that no other dog will have the exact same pattern on their nose!
Dogs are special creatures that hold an important position in our families. These 25 dog facts for kids hopefully help you to share some interesting information about them with your children.
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