10 Cool Dog Facts

#1:  The world’s oldest known breed of domesticated dog is the Saluki. They lived with ancient Egyptians in 329 BC.   #2:  During the Middle Ages, Great Danes and Mastiffs were sometimes suited with armor and spiked collars to enter a battle or to defend supply caravans.

#3:  The Pekingese and Japanese Chin breeds were so important in the ancient Far East that they had their own servants and were carried around trade routes as gifts for kings and emperors. Pekingese were even worshipped in the temples of China for centuries.

#4:  The Dog Museum, which is located in Waco Texas, is said to be the world’s largest public collection of dog times. They have over 7,000 items on display. This ranges from statues to toys. One of the more unusual items in the museum is an 18th century rifle with a dog head stock on it.#5:  In 1925 terrible weather in Alaska made flying out of the question when a village desperately needed medication to battle an epidemic of diphtheria. What did rescue workers do? They gathered 100 sled dogs and traveled over 675 miles with them to deliver the meds. It took them 5 days. Now, each year their journey is relived during the annual Iditarod Trail Race.#6:  A dog named Rose (breed unknown) caught 7 Frisbees, thrown all at once, and held them all in her mouth at the same time.

#7:  Wealth and snobbery have always played a part in dog ownership especially evident during the reign of King Richard I of England. For example, only land owners having acreage worth 586 pounds or more could own a Greyhound.

#8:  The common people were only allowed to keep small dogs and breeds unable to bring down any form of game, birds/fowl included, to prevent them from competing with the wealthy who found great pleasure in ‘the hunt’.

#9:  A dogs’ mouth is not clean – it contains salmonella and many other bacteria, most often from licking themselves after going to the bathroom. *If you kiss your dog, please don’t kiss me!

#10:  Dogs are trained to smell & alert their owners to numerous ailments we can be afflicted by, and statistics show our dogs are correct 90% of the time in correctly discovering the presence of cancer and diabetes before anyone or technical device yet developed in the medical field could determine.

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