20 Astonishing Facts About Dogs Even Cat People Will Love

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Everyone knows that Irish Wolfhounds are the biggest dogs in the land and that a dog's brain is specialized for scent, but here are a few quirky and mind-blowing facts that you probably don't know related to our beloved pups.
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Fact #1: Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five and can perform simple mathematical calculations. The average dog is as intelligent as a two-year-old child.

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Fact #2: Some stray Russian dogs have figured out how to use the subway system in order to travel to more populated areas in search of food.

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Fact #3: Dogs don't enjoy being hugged as much as humans and other primates. Canines interpret putting a limb over another animal as a sign of dominance.

Fact #4: Two stray dogs in Afghanistan saved 50 American soliders. A Facebook group raised $21,000 to bring the dogs back to the US and reunite them with the soldiers.

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Fact #5: The Beatles song "A day in the Life" has an extra high-pitched whistle, audible only to dogs. It was recorded by Paul McCartney for the enjoyment of his Shetland sheepdog.

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Fact #6: This pup, Nesbit, earned over one million Delta airline miles in his life and had his own frequent flier card.

Fact #7: One of Michael Vick's former fighting dogs, Leo, went on to be a therapy dog who comforted dying children.

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Fact #8: Service dogs are trained to know when they are on duty. When their harness is on, they know it's business time. When you take it off, the pups immediately become playful and energetic.

Fact #9: Tiger Woods stuttered as a child and used to talk to his dog until he fell asleep in an effort to get rid of it.

Fact #10: Seeing eye dogs pee and poo on command so that their owners can clean up after them. (The command is usually "Get busy!" and pups will pace back and forth until they do their business.) Male dogs are also trained to do their business without lifting their leg.

Fact #11:In ancient China, an emperor's last line of defense was a small Pekingese dog literally hidden up his sleeve.

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Fact #12: When Lord Byron was informed that his dog was not allowed to come with him to Cambridge Trinity College, he retaliated by bringing a bear instead.

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Fact #13: In 1860's San Francisco, two stray dogs who were best friends became local celebrities. Their exploits were celebrated in local papers and they were granted immunity from the city's dog catchers.

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Fact #14: There is a dog-shaped building in New Zealand.

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Fact #15: This dog, Naki'o, lost all of his legs to frostbite in Colorado, but now has four prosthetic legs and can run around like normal.

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Fact #16: The wetness of a dog's nose is essential for determining what direction a smell is coming from.

Fact #17: Hyenas aren't actually dogs. They are more closely related to cats.

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Fact #18: Spiked dog collars were invented in ancient Greece and were originally designed to protect dogs throats from wolf attacks.

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Fact #19: Baks the blind boxer has a seeing eye goose named Buttons. Buttons the four-year-old goose leads her pup around everywhere either by hanging onto him with her neck, or by honking to tell him which way to go.

Fact #20: 'Frito Feet' is the name of the phenomenon in which the bacteria on a dog's paws cause them to smell like corn chips. Because a pup's feet are in constant contact with the ground, they pick up tons of microorganisms in their paws. When dogs cool off by sweating through the pads of their feet, the combo of moisture and bacteria releaces a nutty, popcorn-like aroma. Basically it's dog B.O.

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1. The prolific artist, William Wegman, has become synonymous with using Weimaraners in his artwork. He's particularly noteworthy for his charismatic portraiture of these pups.
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2. Kurt Vonnegut running on the beach with his dog Pumpkin. An awesome author with an awesome dog. How cool is that?
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3. Edith Wharton with her sweet shoulder pups. Do I need to explain more?
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4. This photo by Elliott Erwitt was taken in 1974, but it looks like it could've been taken yesterday.
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5. Giant George, the tallest dog in the Guinness Book of World Records. He's 43 inches!
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6. Sergeant Stubby is the most decorated World War I dog. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks!
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7. Toto from "The Wizard of Oz." Her name was Terry and she starred in other movies with Shirley Temple, too. Oz was her only official screen credit.
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8. Known as one of the loyal dogs, Hachiko dutifully met his owner every day at the train station. When his owner suddenly died of a hemorrhage, the pup still went to the train station every day at the same time for six years.
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9. FDR with his dog, Fala. How pawsidential.
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10. Shaggy the pup being rescued after Hurricane Sandy.
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11. Yellow Lab, Roselle, guided her owner Michael Hingson out of the North World Trade Center Tower on 9/11.
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12. Zanjeer was a bomb detection dog who passed away from bone cancer. Here, he received a full funerals with honors.
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13. Sinbad served the Coast Guard for 11 years aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter George W. Campbell.
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14. Denise Corliss and Bretagne worked tirelessly for search and rescue at Ground Zero.
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15. Balto lead his human, Gunnar Kaasen, on a life saving journey to deliver a serum in Alaska. Balto is the subject of the documentary, "Icebound."
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16. Smoky accompanied World War II soldier, Bill Wynne for two years. She even saved his life by warning him about a fire.
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17. Lex was stationed with Cpl. Dustin J. Lee in Fallujah, Iraq. Lee was fatally wounded and the pup wouldn't leave his side. Lee's parents adopted Lex and he lived out the rest of his days as a therapy dog.
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18. Lucca is a military dog and a sheer miracle, who survived severe explosions while protecting her handlers.
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19. Lassie is perhaps America's most well known companion and friend from television. The real Lassie was named Pal and lived to be 18 years old.
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20. The real Rin Tin Tin was rescued from a World War I battlefield. His human, Lee Duncan, trained him and the pup began work in the silent film industry. After his passing, Rin Tin Tin's image was given to many other character dogs in film, television, and literature.
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