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Here are our Top 10 dog facts to amaze your friends with!
1. The Basenji is the only barkless dog in the world
The Basenji dog is known by a variety of different names like African Bush Dog, Congo Dog and African Barkless Dog. As their names suggest, they originate from Africa and they don’t bark.
This loyal dog will instead yodel which sometimes sounds like they’re trying to talk to you, but just can’t quite get the words out.
2. Dalmatian puppies are born white and spots later develop
No one’s really sure where or when they first made an appearance, but spotted dogs have been depicted on drawings and tablets from Ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece so they’re one of the most ancient breeds.
And who’d have thought that they were born completely spotless?
3. Greyhounds can reach a speed of up to 45 miles per hour
These iconic hounds are really, really fast. They often manage to outrun all the other dogs when playing a game of fetch. These sprinters make sweet and loving companions, too.
4. Chow Chows mysteriously have a blue-black tongue
These impressive looking dogs are one of two dog breeds to have blue-black tongues. According to Chinese legend, they licked drops of colour as the sky was being painted and that’s how they got its blue tongue.
Like a Dalmatian’s spots, a Chow’s tongue is pink when it’s born, and darkens to its blue-black colour over the first 8-10 weeks of its life.
5. The Poodle haircut apparently improved their swimming abilities
The posh pups might be living lives of luxury nowadays, but poodles were originally bred to retrieve waterfowl for hunters, and their haircuts were meant to improve their swimming.
6. The Norwegian Lundehund is the only dog that has six toes on each foot
These six-toed, double-jointed dogs have an abundant of skills but are quite hard to house-train and love to bark and dig.
7. Bloodhounds are able to trace scents that are over 12 days old
Bloodhounds have been around for a long time, and it’s thought they were first recorded during the 12th century. They are big, beautiful dogs who are often affectionate but can often pretend not to hear you when it suits them.
Oh, and they snore, too!
8. Newfoundlands have webbed feet
Another gentle giant with an interesting fact. That’s right, they do have webbed feet which, paired with their water-resistant fur, makes them fantastic swimmers.
9. The Kerry Blue Terrier is actually born black, not blue
The Kerry Blue Terrier originates from Country Kerry, Ireland and loves to be a part of a loving family. They are born jet black and their fur then lightens to a blue-grey colour at around 18 months.
10. The French Poodle actually originated from Germany, not France
It’s true! And their name comes from the German word ‘Pudel’, which means ‘puddle’.
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