Fun Facts About Dogs

1.    According to a recent survey, the most popular name for a male dog is Max; for  female it is Bella. Other popular names include Molly, Sam, Zach, and Maggie.

2.    An American Animal Hospital Association poll showed that 33 percent of dog owners admit they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on an answering machine while away.

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Just Funny Dogs (Photo credit: Kemal Y.)

3.    An estimated 1 million dogs in the United States have been named the primary beneficiary in their owner’s will.

4.    At the end of the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life,” Paul McCartney recorded an ultrasonic whistle–audible only to dogs–for his Shetland sheepdog.

5.    Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible.

6.    Dogs are generally attracted to food by its smell, not so much taste. This is because dogs have fewer than 2,000 taste buds, while the average person has about 10,000.

7.    Dogs are often found in monuments as a symbolization of affection and fidelity. Pictures of the Crusaders often show them with a dog at their feet to show they followed the Lord as faithfully as a dog follows the footsteps of his master.

8.    Every year, $1.5 billion is spent on pet food. That’s four times the amount spent on baby food!

9.    Since the late 1960s, numerous studies have confirmed that people who own pets, and particularly dogs, live longer, have less stress, fewer heart attacks, and often rebound more quickly from illness.

Publicity photo of Jon Provost and Lassie from...

Publicity photo of Jon Provost and Lassie from the television program Lassie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

10.  Lassie was played by several male dogs, despite the female name, because male collies were thought to look better on camera. The main “actor” was a dog named Pal.


Do you have any interesting or odd facts about dogs? 

How about some pictures of your dog doing something that made you laugh? 

Send them in!


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7 Responses to Fun Facts About Dogs

  1. Carol April 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Hello Dr. Pat. I’ve come to the conclusion that my gal Sassi is more intelligent than me & most other dogs. When she rolls her ball under the sofa, she knows I can only reach it using the hooked end of my walking stick which I hang on the back of the sofa. Sas will nudge it so it taps on the wooden frame and wait for me to get up & deal with it. How many dogs have taught their mums to ‘fetch the stick’ and ‘retrieve the ball?’ If it weren’t for Sas, I wouldn’t laugh as often as I do.

  2. Kathleen Kaska April 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Hi Pat,
    I didn’t know the fact about taste. No wonder dogs eat things that seem gross to us. Enjoyed the post.

  3. Norman W Wilson April 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Well, all I can say is, “I’ll be doggoned.” 🙂

  4. Mary E. Trimble April 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Fun facts, Patricia. Our dog Toby will eat ANYTHING, including, well, doo-doo. That’s interesting that it’s his sense of smell that attracts him to it. Sigh.

  5. Samm April 10, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    Hi Dr. Bloom,
    Fun and interesting, I love your articles. My dog never eats leftovers, only fresh and cut up to his liking. He trained me well.

  6. Marie Grime April 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    As your other followers noted, they’re really good at training us.

    Sally jumps on her stepping stool to the couch, brings her tennis ball up on the couch between us, chews on it a moment, then with her mouth she will roll it off the edge so that it has the momentum to roll across and off the stool, onto and across the hardwood floor.

    When the ball rolls across the room, while still lying on the couch between us, she looks up at us as if to say, “C’mon! Fetch!”


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