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Dog Facts for Kids
Whether its as reliable workers, family pets or loyal companions, dogs are wonderful domestic animals that offer a number of qualities that are put to good use by humans.
There are estimated to be around 400 million dogs in the world.
There are hundreds of different breeds of dogs. Examples of these breeds include: Bulldog, German Shepherd, Collie, Golden Retriever, St Bernard, Greyhound, Bloodhound, Chihuahua, Labrador, Great Dane, Rottweiler, Boxer and Cocker Spaniel. The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world.
The life span of a dog is between 10 to 15 years. The worlds oldest dog was an Australian Cattle Dog who lived in excess of 29 years and 5 months.
Those involved in dog breeding refer to males as ‘dogs’, females as ‘bitches’, dogs younger than a year old as ‘puppies’ and a group of offspring as a ‘litter’. Puppies are born blind, deaf and toothless.
Dogs have better night vision than humans.
Dogs can discriminate odors at concentrations nearly 100 million times lower than humans can.
Dog have superior hearing than humans, capable of hearing sounds at four times the distance.
Dogs have twice as many muscles used for moving as humans.