Pedigree Dog Breeds: 16 Facts You (Probably) Didn't Know

Fun facts & information about pedigree dogs:

1. Dogs have a sense of smell that is up to 30 times better than humans'.
The average dog has over 200 million scent receptors compared to the human's 5 million.

2. The Basenji is the only breed of dog that does not bark

3. The Australian Shepherd Dog was bred in America, when sheep were imported into the US from Australia

4. The Newfoundland, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and Portuguese Water Dog all have webbed feet which makes them great swimmers

5. The first dog ever to have dined in the House of Commons was a Chihuahua and he wore a diamond collar for the occasion

6. The Greyhound is the fastest dog on earth and can run up to 45mph. The Greyhound is the 18th fastest mammal

7. The Labrador Retriever is still the most popular breed both in the UK and the USA

8. Weimaraner puppies are born with stripes

9. Dalmatian puppies are born without spots

10. The fastest time for a dog to weave between 60 poles is 12.3 seconds by Juice, a Border Collie from Texas, USA

11. The Rottweiler is believed to have been developed from herding dogs in Roman times, where they were used to protect the cattle & accompany the ‘legion’. Later on, whilst still in their early development they were known as the ‘butcher's dog’

12. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is known as the ‘nanny dog’ in this country, as they particularly adore children. The Stafford is a highly trainable breed

13. The Mastiff is universally known as one of the world’s most ancient breeds – The Bull Mastiff owes its existence to the Mastiff and the Bulldog

14. Karl Dobermann, a tax collector, developed the Dobermann breed in the 1880’s to accompany him on his rounds – He apparently crossed Pinschers with Rottweilers and the German Shepherd Dog

15. The Chinese Crested only grows hair on its head, tail and legs

16. The smallest breed in the UK is the Chihuahua, the tallest breed in the UK is the Irish Wolfhound

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