1. The average dog is as intelligent as a two-year-old child, can understand up to 250 words and gestures and can count up to five.
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2. 70% of people sign their pet’s name on greeting and holiday cards, and 58% put pets in family and holiday portraits.
3. Dogs see your smile not as friendly body language, but detect your “bearing teeth” as a sign of aggression.
4. Beagles and Collies create the most racket than any other dog.
5. The rarest dog breed is the Cesky Terrier, with only 350 in the world.
6. The American Eskimo breed has been trained to walk across a tightrope in circuses throughout the early 20th century.
7. The African wolf dog known as the basenji is the only dog in the world that cannot bark.
8. Gidget is the name of the Taco Bell dog, and is actually a female.
9. Dalmatian puppies are born completely white.
10. A dog named Duke is the mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota.
11. When storms flooded the streets in Germany in the 17th century, dogs and cats were often pulled into the currents, coming up with the phrase “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs”.
12. The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world, France has the 2nd highest.
13. Grímsey – the northernmost populated area of Iceland has banned any dogs on the tiny island. The Ministry for the Environment has stood by the ban.
14. An estimated 1,000,000 dogs in the United States have been named as the primary beneficiaries in their owner’s will.
15. The fastest canines on the planet is the Greyhounds that can run as fast as 45 mph and are.