Interseting Dog Facts & Trivia

Mixed breeds" and "Cross breeds" are NOT the same. Mixed breed dogs have various lineage that is most likely unknown, as for cross breeds, they are only 2 different breeds of dogs combined together. Mixed breed dogs are less likely to suffer from inherited diseases and disabilities than pure breed dogs are.

According to Breed All About It (a television show), Royalty and The Rich used to like little dogs for an unusual reason. They would put the little lapdog under the covers before retiring so that bedbugs, fleas, etc., would go onto the dog instead of themselves!

A few rare and unusual dog breeds are the Podengo, Broholmer, Lundehund and Lowchen. The Podengo is also known as the Portuguese Warren Hound. It is usually a fawnor yellow color, but can be brown, black or sooty colored without white patchesor spots. It resembled a long-bodied chihuahua. The Broholmer is a breed tha tis recognized only in Denmark. It was believed to of become extinct in the 1960's but, in December of 1974, a pure breed Broholmer popped up in Finland.This dog, named Bjoern was a male, and the owners hoped to of found a female for him to mate with, this didn't happen. Bjoern died in 1975 and the breed has yet to appear again. The Lundehund is a breed which has lived solely on two islands in the north of Norway. The Lundehund has 5 toes, and seven or eight cushions! It is a climbing dog, bred for rugged terrain. The Lowchen is nativeto France. It's called "petit chien lion" or, "little liondog." This is due to its fur growth, as it resembles a lion's mane.


The oldest American breed is the American Foxhound. This dates back to 1650!

As much as your dog likes rawhide.. it's not that great for them-well.. to much of anything is never good. You should limit your dogs' rawhide intake, as too much can cause stomach disrupts, constipation and diarrhea. Although, most dogs tolerate it very well, some don't. Just becareful. Always supervise your dog when they chew on anything.

Don't smile at any dog that you feel may be dangerous. To him, you would be baring your teeth as asign of agression. 

The gigantic Irish Wolfhound is so strong that he can pick up a Mastiff or Bulldog. When he was pitted against either in a fight, he would pick his opponent up by the back and simply shake him to death. 

Rhodesian Ridgebackshave an actual ridge along the top of their backs, which is made up of forward-growing hairs. 

The Saluki is represented in Sumarian carvings dated back to 7000 B.C. It is said that"Whenever one sees the word 'dog' in the Bible it means the Saluki." 

The Boxer was so named for his manner of fighting - which is that he starts a fight with his front paws like a human boxer.

The tallest and shortest breeds of dogs you ask? Well.. The tallest breeds are the Great Dane,the Irish Wolfhound, the St. Bernard, the English Mastiff, the Borzoi, and the Anatolian Kara bash (Turkish Shepherd Dog). All of these breeds can attain 36 inches (90 cm.) at the shoulder! As for the smallest breed of dog is the Chihuahua, which is between 2-6 lbs. It has been recorded proof of a Chihuahua skeleton that was a total of 7 inches in length. There is no weight recorded on this skeleton, but estimates believe it couldn't be more than a pound! The second smallest breed of dog is the Yorkshire Terrier, which should officially not weight more than 7lbs. But, many pet Yorkies tend to get much larger than this standard.