Q and A on Dogs…Bet you Didn’t Know…

August 19, 2014 at 3:04 pm 12 comments

Charlie Bear here. Mom Peep first put this on the blog like four years ago.  We thought it was good to go over again. What do you think? (Plus Mom Peep is taking a tiny little break…hope that’s okay.)

Test Your Knowledge About Dogs

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1. How many bones do dogs have in their body?
2. Can dogs be sunburned?
3. What is the average lifespan of a small breed dog?
4. What is the average lifespan of a large breed dog?
5. What is the normal temperature of a dog?
6. What is the normal heart rate of a dog compared to a human heart rate?
7. How many vocal sounds can a dog make compared to a cat?
8. How old was the oldest living dog?
9. How does a dog’s sense of smell compare to ours?
10. Of all the dog senses, which one does he trust least?
11. Can dogs see in color?
12. How does a dog’s sense of taste compare to ours?
13. What percentage of dogs are thought to be obese in the United States?

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1. How many bones do dogs have in their body?

Dogs have an average of 319 bones in their bodies.

2. Can dogs be sunburned?
Yes they can – and light-colored dogs are especially susceptible.

3. What is the average lifespan of a small breed dog?
The average lifespan of a small breed dog is anywhere from 12 to 18 years.

4. What is the average lifespan of a large breed dog?
The average lifespan of a large breed dog is 7 to 12 years. As a general rule, the larger the breed, the shorter the lifespan.

5. What is the normal temperature of a dog?
Normal body temperature for a dog ranges between 100.5 degrees F to 101.5 degrees F. Normal human temperature is 98.6 degrees F.

6. What is the normal heart rate of a dog compared to a human heart rate?
The normal heart rate of a dog is anywhere from 80 to 120 beats per minute (depending on the breed/size of the dog). Most humans have a heart rate of approximately 60 to 80 beats per minute. A dog’s heart beats twice as fast as a human heart.

7. How many vocal sounds can a dog make and how does that compare to a cat? 
Dogs can only make 10 vocal sounds – compared to a cat that can make about 100.

8. How old was the oldest living dog?
The oldest living dog on record lived in Australia. He was an Australian Cattle dog named Bluey who worked among cattle and sheep for nearly twenty years. Bluey lived to the age of 29 years, 5 months.

9. How does a dog’s sense of smell compare to ours?
Dogs have over 200 million scent receptors in their nasal folds compared to our 5 million.

10. Of all the dog senses, which one does he trust least?
Dogs trust their sense of sight the least.

11. Can dogs see in color?
Dogs see mostly in shades of gray. They cannot distinguish between red, orange, yellow or green. They can see some shades of blue but blues are often seen as shades of gray.

12. How does a dog’s sense of taste compare to ours?
Humans have six times as many taste buds as dogs. Most of a dog’s taste buds are located only on the tip of the tongue. Dogs can detect sweet, sour, bitter and salty tastes. A dog smells rather than tastes.

13. What percentage of dogs are thought to be obese in the United States?
Approximately 25 to 40% of all American household pets are obese or overweight.

QUESTION FOR YOU: How many did you get right? Were you surprised in any way?

I learned a lot. And I’m kind of surprised at the age of the oldest dog: 29! Holey cow.

Hope you learned some things about your furry, loved pet. Me, I’m exhausted. Think I’ll take a nap.

CB in Lake Arrowhead 016

Woofs and Wiggles,
Charlie Bear

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lemondrop87  |  August 23, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Charlie Bear, I did not know there was so much to know about dogs, my peeps said she got a few close and a few almost right. Guess we all need a refresher course on things now and then and you tell your peep ‘thanks for sharing them’. Don’t you get sunburned in the rest of the “Hot Days Of Summer.” Tell your peeps to take care of you and theirselves.. xoxoxo..

    Wags to you!!
    Beaugie…

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    • 2. bjtaylorblog  |  August 24, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Beaugie,
      Mom Peep always lays my blanket in the shade when we’re outside. She learned lots of stuff from the Q & A, like how not to be worried that my heart beats super fast…way faster than hers.
      Wiggles to you,
      Charlie Bar

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  • 3. MarisaShadrick  |  August 20, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Great info. God knew what he was doing when He created doggies!

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    • 4. bjtaylorblog  |  August 20, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Marisa,
      He sure did! We’re the best!
      Woofs to you,
      Charlie Bear

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  • 5. Julie Garmon  |  August 20, 2014 at 6:06 am

    So very interesting, Charlie Bear…which makes me understand why sometimes Clyde barks like something’s terribly wrong when he sees Kitty Thelma walk through the yard–and when they’re together, he loves her. Glad your Mom Peep is taking a little rest. Tell her I understand. xoxo

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    • 6. bjtaylorblog  |  August 20, 2014 at 7:38 am

      Julie,
      Dogs are funny creatures, huh? We are very intuitive and we can be extremely protective, and then nurturing as well.
      Thanks for commenting. We love you.
      Wiggles and woofs,
      Charlie Bear

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  • 7. Susan  |  August 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Gee, Charlie, I wish dogs could live forever! Love your picture, but it doesn’t look like you are really sleeping….Get some rest like Mom peep!
    Susan

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    • 8. bjtaylorblog  |  August 19, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Susan,
      Thanks for commenting — we LOVE comments, and especially love that you “love” my picture. I have to work on sleeping sounder I think.
      Wiggles and woofs,
      Charlie Bear

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  • 9. Carol Loewen  |  August 19, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Great info, Charlie Bear. Thanks for sharing.

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    • 10. bjtaylorblog  |  August 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Carol,
      I like to learn new things, especially like how a new toy tastes in my mouth when I chomp down on it (gently, of course), or what it feels like to stand outside and let the wind blow through my hair (uh, fur). Thanks for commenting. We LOVE comments!
      Wiggles to you,
      Charlie Bear

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  • 11. kaystrom  |  August 19, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Wow, so much I didn’t know! Thank you for the lesson. (And, yes, I think it’s a great idea to remind us of what we may have missed… or forgotten.)

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    • 12. bjtaylorblog  |  August 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Kay,
      I forget, too. Like yesterday I forgot that I ate my dinner and I was looking for it, and Mom Peep said, “Hey, you ate it already!” Seriously, I’m as bad as she is!
      Woofs to you,
      Charlie Bear

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