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A dog is a man’s (or woman’s!) best friend, but did you also know that three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic? Or that in Roman times dogs were dressed in armour and sent to fight in battles? Adrian Flux Insurance Services, which provides a full range of cover for all kinds of pets, discovers 50 amazing facts about dogs.

  1. Dogs often hesitate before going out into the rain: it’s not because they’re frightened of getting wet, it’s because the rain amplifies sound and hurts their sensitive ears.
  2. A female, un-spayed dog, her mate and their puppies could produce more than 66,000 puppies in six years.
  3. Dachshunds were originally bred to fight badgers.
  4. The real name of Toto the dog in The Wizard of Oz was Terry.
  5. More than 20 per cent of dogs snore, compared to seven per cent of cats.
  6. The Bible mentions dogs 14 times.
  7. In 1875, a Frenchman patented a three-wheel vehicle called the Cynophere which was powered by dogs on treadmills. It didn’t catch on.
  8. A dog’s nose print is as unique as a human fingerprint and can be used to accurately identify them.
  9. Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic, a Pomeranian, a Pekingese and a Newfoundland.
  10. Seven out of 10 people sign their dog’s name on Christmas and birthday cards.
  11. ‘Fido’ is a common name for a dog and comes from the Latin word meaning ‘fidelity’.
  12. Four out of 10 dog owners will buy their dog a Christmas present.
  13. The famous Poodle haircut was originally designed to improve the dog’s swimming abilities as a retriever, the pom-poms being left in place to warm the dogs’ joints.shutterstock_103522517
  14. Police dogs in Dusseldorf in Germany have been issued with blue plastic boots to protect their paws from injury when they’re on patrol.
  15. The largest breed of dog is an Irish Wolfhound, while the smallest is a Chihuahua.
  16. All dogs are probably descended from a small grey wolf and appeared in Eurasia around 13,000 years ago.
  17. There are more than 800 different breeds of dog in the world.
  18. The heaviest dog on record was Zorba, an English Mastiff who weighed in at a hefty 343lb (24 stone 7lb) in 1989.
  19. The first canine star of Hollywood was Rin Tin Tin, a German Shepherd who had been adopted from a World War One battlefield and who went on to star in 23 films. He signed all his contracts with a paw print.
  20. The most popular names for dogs in the UK are Max and Molly.
  21. An African wolf dog called the Basenji is the only dog in the world that is unable to bark.
  22. Each day, dogs deposit between four and five tonnes of excrement on London streets.
  23. Dalmations are born completely white, without any black spots.
  24. Dogs tend to be more aggressive if they are being walked by a man rather than by a woman.
  25. Eighty per cent of dog owners interact with their dogs for more than two hours a day – more than the average amount of time they interact with their children.
  26. Dogs have between 125 million and 220 million scent receptor cells compared to a human’s five million.
  27. In America, more than one million dog owners have named their dog as the primary beneficiary in their will.
  28. Dogs only have sweat glands on their feet and must sweat by panting, which removes body heat by evaporation from the surface of the tongue.
  29. The first mammal to orbit the earth was the Russian dog Laika, who was sent into space in 1957.
  30. Dogs turn circles before lying down because of instinct: in the wild, the circling would have flattened the grass and scared off any biting insects.
  31. The longest tongue on a dog was measured at 11.43cm and belonged to Puggy, a male Pekingese. The measurement was taken in 2009 when Puggy was nine years old.
  32. At the end of A Day in the Life by The Beatles, a high-pitched dog whistle was recorded by Paul McCartney for his sheepdog.
  33. Border collies are the top dogs in the intelligence stakes with some in the breed able to understand up to 200 words.
  34. Cerberus was the three-headed dog that guarded the entrance to the underworld in Greek mythology.shutterstock_173270117
  35. Despite their puppy dog eyes, research has revealed that dogs don’t feel guilt.
  36. A study in 2000 revealed that walking with a dog tripled the number of social interactions a person had, meaning dogs are great for your social life.
  37. The average dog has 42 permanent teeth.
  38. Dogs can be trained to sniff out cancers of the lung, breast, skin, bladder and prostate.
  39. An 11-month-old red Tibetan mastiff became the world’s most expensive dog when his breeder sold him to a Chinese multi-millionaire in 2011 for £945,000.
  40. The brilliantly-named Jack Russell Bothy Twistleton-Wykeham-Fiennes is the only dog to have been at both the North and South Poles.
  41. Almost 30 per cent of dog owners have had their pet photographed professionally.
  42. It is a myth that dogs are colour blind – they do see in colour, albeit less vividly than humans.
  43. Only dogs and humans have prostate glands.
  44. At the age of one year, a dog is the equivalent of 16 human years, at two years old they are the equivalent of a 24-year-old human, at three years old it equates to 30 human years and for every dog year that follows, you add four years to find the human equivalent.
  45. Pugs are one of the most ancient dog breeds and are more closely related to a wolf than a German Shepherd.
  46. Dogs chase cars because they think that when a car drives away, they have successfully forced it to leave.
  47. The only mention of a dog in a Shakespeare play is in The Two Gentlemen of Verona in which a dog called Crab is mentioned.shutterstock_63691495
  48. There is a Hawaiian beach called Barking Sands Beach which has a strange kind of dry sand that makes woofing and squeaking sounds like a dog.
  49. The ancient Chinese carried Pekingese puppies in the sleeves of their robes.
  50. Teddy Roosevelt’s dog Pete ripped off the pants of a French ambassador at an event at the White House.

* Adrian Flux is one of only a handful of brokers in the UK offering a full range of insurance cover to owners of all kinds of pets, including dogs. All policies are designed for individuals to find the very best deals. Call Adrian Flux on 0333 55 55 000 or visit to find the perfect deal for you.

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