Dog Facts – History of the Modern Dog
The dog was the first animal to be domesticated. They were first used for hunting and working eventually becoming pets to the wealthy.
Emigrants from Siberia likely crossed the Bering Strait with dogs in their company, and some believe that sled dogs may have been critical to the success of the emigration from the region to North America roughly 12,00 years ago.
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.
Pekingese and Japanese Chins were so important in Asia that they had their own servants and were carried around trade routes as gifts for kings and emperors.
The Mayans and Aztecs symbolized every tenth day with the dog, and those born under this sign were believed to have outstanding leadership skills.
While the wealthy have owned dogs as pets for thousands of years workers did not have the time or money to own non-working dogs until the end of World World II that brought with it a large increase in suburban living.
Dog Facts – Interesting Things you might not have known
A dog’s nose print is as unique as a human’s finger print and can be used to accurately identify a dog!
Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws.
The average dog can run about 19 mph. Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on Earth and can run at speeds of 45 mph.
Dogs can smell about 1,000 times better than humans.
Dog Facts – Interaction between dogs and people
Studies show that dog and cat owners have been shown to have better mental and physical health than non-owners, resulting in fewer visits to the doctor and being less likely to be on costly medication.
The most widespread form of bonding between two species occurs between humans and dogs.
Petting dogs is proven to lower blood pressure of dog owners.