Kids Corner: Fun Facts About Dogs

Did you know that April is National Pet Month here in the UK? National Pet Month is the ideal time to celebrate our love of animals and the joy that they bring us.

Below are 10 fun facts about Britain’s most loved pet, the dog.

  • A greyhound can run at speeds of up to 45mph! This makes them the fastest breed in the world, and the second fastest land animal behind the cheetah.

  • A dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 times better than a human’s. They have even been known to detect diseases in humans such as cancer and diabetes using just their nose!

  • It’s actually a myth that dogs only see in black and white. Although they see differently to humans, they’re still able to detect strains of yellow or blue and are only red-green colour blind.

  • A dog’s nose print is as unique in identifying them as our fingerprint is to us.

  • Did you know that three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic?

  • Great Danes have earned the reputation of being the tallest dog breed in the world! Their height can reach about 76-87 cm!

  • The Labrador is the most kept dog in the UK and has been for several years!

  • Dogs are thought to be the first animals to be domesticated. They have been our companions for around 10,000 years!

  • A human year is said to equate to about 7 dog years. This means when your dog is 10 years old, they are actually more like 70!

  • It is estimated that three-quarters of the world’s dog population live in the developing world as feral, village, or community dogs, with pet dogs uncommon!