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•German Shepherds have 225 million cell receptors in their noses, making them ideal for police work and search and rescue activities. Humans have about 5 million cell receptors.

•The original reason behind the Poodle's "haircut" was to improve their swimming abilities as a retriever. The pom-poms were left to keep their joints warm.

•1990 was the last year that a breed other than the Labrador Retriever finished 1st overall in AKC dog registrations for a single year. The Cocker Spaniel edged the Lab in 1990 by almost 10,000 dogs. Since then, the #1 spot has been all Labs.

•In St. Louis, Missouri, you will find The AKC Museum of the Dog, founded by the American Kennel Club. There are paintings, sculptures, and other works of art that are about dogs or have dogs in them. Dogs have been in artworks that date back thousands of years!

•The United States and France have the most pet dogs. Almost one in three families in these countries own a dog.

•What countries have the least amount of pet dogs? Germany and Switzerland only have one dog for every ten families. (Interesting. I wouldn't have thought that)

•A Chihuahua is the oldest breed of dog native to North America.

•Contrary to popular belief, after the first year of life, a dog is equivalent to 16 human years. After two years, they are equivalent to a 24 year old, at 3 years a 30 year old, and each year after, add 5 human years to determine your dog's age.

•Dogs breathe 10-30 breaths per minute.

•Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.

•The Taco Bell dog is a female. Her name is Gidget.

•The name of Superman's dog is Krypto.

• Three dogs -- an American Foxhound, a St. Bernard, and a Great Dane -- have each given birth to a litter of 23 puppies.

• The heaviest dog, recorded in 1989, is an English Mastiff named Zorba, who weighed 343lbs at the age of 8.

• The smallest dog on record is a Yorkshire Terrier who weighed 4 ounces at the age of 2.
 

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Wow, that's a BIG Mastiff. I wonder how much of that was unneccesary fat just to get him to the record?
 
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