Dog lovers, rejoice: National Dog Day has here. Celebrate National Dog Day (August 26) by treating your dog with extra love, treats, and toys. In celebration of the event, we selected ten of the strangest and most esoteric facts about dogs we could uncover. Impress your fellow dog lovers by wearing these to your next happy hour or dog park play date.
1-Eyebrows in Dogs Have Evolved to Be More Expressive:
We’ve all seen puppy dog eyes, but those adorable emotions weren’t always a part of the canine anatomy. Several studies have shown that during years of domestication, dogs’ facial muscles have changed, allowing their brows to migrate inside and upward to better interact with people. Some argue that they have evolved to better manipulate humans—but try saying no to an additional goodie when Buddy looks at you!
2-The first dog to walk around the world completed the journey in May:
In May, Savannah, a seven-year-old rescue dog, became the first recorded dog to walk around the globe. Savannah joined her owner, Tom Turcich, who became the tenth person to chronicle his trek around the world. Turcich adopted Savannah a few months into the walk, then continued to train and develop with her as they went across six countries in seven years.
3-Dogs Lack Functional Collarbones:
A collar may be a dog’s favorite accessory, but unlike humans, dogs do not have collarbones in their bodies. Collarbones, also known as clavicles, link our shoulders to our torsos in humans. Only muscle and tissue link the shoulder blades to the rest of the dog’s body. Dogs do have primitive “collarbones” that are largely cartilage and are less than a centimeter long and do not articulate with the rest of the skeleton.
4-The world record for the most tennis balls held in the mouth of a dog is 6:
According to Guinness World Records, a golden retriever called Finley set the record on February 23, 2020, in Canandaigua, New York.
5-All dogs have belly buttons—only it’s a matter of finding them:
Your dog has a belly button, which you may not have seen. Dogs’ belly buttons, like those of other animals, are scars from where they were joined to the umbilical cord in the womb. When pups are born, the mother normally eats the umbilical cord to liberate them, leaving an umbilical cord stump that dries up and comes off within a few days. Dog belly buttons, unlike human belly buttons, are more of an oval scar than a circular innie or outie.
6-The oldest recorded dog lived for 29 years and 5 months:
Bluey, an Australian cow dog, holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest dog ever. Bluey was adopted as a puppy in 1910 and spent almost 20 years herding cattle and sheep in Australia.
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8-Dogs Prefer to Poop Parallel to the Earth’s Magnetic Field:
According to a 2013 research, dogs are sensitive to changes in the Earth’s magnetic field and prefer to defecate along the north-south axis. Over the course of two years, researchers watched 70 dogs from 37 different breeds in a free ranging area. They also seem to have avoided pooping along the east-west axis entirely. The cause is unknown.
9-Sunburn Can Happen to Dogs:
Sunburn can affect almost any dog, but dogs with short hair, light hair, or fair skin are more vulnerable. The best method to protect your dog is to keep them out of direct sunlight as much as possible. You may also consult with your veterinarian.
10-The Chinook is one of the world’s rarest dog breeds:
The Chinook is a kind of sled dog that was developed in New Hampshire in the early 1900s. There were only 125 Chinooks in the world at one time. They continue to be very uncommon, with just approximately 150 pups produced each year.