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Dogs - From Wolves to "Best of Breed"
It is thought that Dogs were first domesticated from wolves at least 15,000 to 17,000 years ago, but there is fossil and DNA evidence that they may have existed as early as 150,000 years ago. Today the most popular theory is that dogs are directly descended from Canis Lupus - the Grey Wolf and that dogs are more closely related to the Grey Wolf than Biologists had previously suspected.
Around 17000 BC men had started living in groups within camps and these camps began to attract the attention of wolves, finding the bones and scraps an easier food source than hunting. Humans quickly began to recognise the advantage of having these "camp followers" around, wolves with their keen sense of smell and hearing could warn of impending danger from the wild animals and even other hostile humans.
Gradually over the centuries men and dogs have developed a unique interspecies relationship resulting in the range of identifiable breeds (200+) sizes, shapes and colours we recognise today.
Although dogs were first bred for their usefulness to man (hunting, guarding, herding etc.) in recent centuries they have become more popular as “companions”.
It is fascinating that all the dogs we see today, in all the different sizes and shapes, have a common heritage and that many of the facts, relating to dogs, we have listed below will apply to your pet dog.

Some interesting facts about dogs
  • Dogs were the first animals domesticated by humans.
  • Chihuahuas are, in general, the smallest dogs
  • The smallest recorded dog is a Yorkshire Terrier; it was 2.5 inches at the shoulder and weighed 4 ounces.
  • Irish Wolfhounds are the largest dogs.
  • Great Danes are the tallest.
  • St. Bernards are the heaviest
  • Greyhounds are the fastest dogs achieving speeds of up to 45 mph for short periods of time.
  • The most intelligent dogs are reportedly the Border Collie and the Poodle.
  • The least intelligent dogs are the Afghan Hound and the Basenji.
  • Dogs, on average, live to around 15 years of age.
  • The oldest reliable age recorded for a dog is 29 years, 5 months
  • It is estimated that a dog's power of smell is 1000 times better than humans.
  • A dog’s nose has about 14 times more scent cells than a human’s.
  • A dogs hearing is about ten times better than a humans, typically hearing sounds 250 yards away.
  • Most dogs have about 10 vocal sounds.
  • Dogs do not sweat through their tongues but through sweat glands between the pads of their feet.
  • A dog's body temperature is between 100.2 - 102.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Dogs can donate blood to other dogs
  • All dogs have a pink tongue except the chow, chow's tongues are black.
  • Dogs have three eyelids. An upper and lower eyelid and a third inside these two. It helps protect the eye from dirt and dust
  • The basenji, an African dog, is the only dog that cannot bark.
  • The New Guinea Singing Dog not only sings but it can also climb trees
  • Dogs, like humans, can be either right or left handed (pawed)
  • Dogs are omnivorous (eat both meat and vegetable foods)
  • Some dogs can alert their owners of an epileptic seizure up to an hour before it occurs.
  • Newly born puppies are deaf, blind, have no teeth and almost no sense of smell. Keeping near their mother and siblings for warmth.
  • Generally a puppy is only able to crawl during its first week
  • A pup will begin to see when it is between 2 to 3 weeks old
  • A puppy will develop its sense of smell at about 3 weeks.
  • 3 to 7 weeks after birth a puppy developes its first teeth.
  • Quite often a puppy will sleep for 14 hours every day.
  • Dogs will be mature by six months old and smaller breeds usually mature before the larger breeds.

A final fact------Studies show that people with pets live longer, have less stress, and fewer health problems. (Source: American Pet Product Manufacturers Association)

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