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8 Interesting Dog Facts

Fascinating dog trivia to amuse friends and family at your next get together

By: Isabelle Orr

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Akita, Symbol of Happiness

Akitas originate from the Akita Prefecture in Japan, where they are a symbol of good health, happiness, and longevity. Like their cousin, the Shiba Inu, Akitas love to keep clean. They are easily house trained and “groom” themselves in a cat-like fashion.


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Be forewarned: the loud, distinctive bark of the Old English Sheepdog is likened to the sound of two pots clanging together.


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Your Guide Through the Underworld

The Xoloitzcuintli is an ancient breed from Mexico. Sacred to the Aztecs, they were often sacrificed and buried alongside their owners in order to guide the dead on their journey through the underworld.


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A Dachshund to Suit Every Mood

Artist Pablo Picasso was inspired by his pet Dachshund named Lump. Despite their adorable appearance, Dachshunds were bred to hunt badgers. Their name can be broken down in German as “dachs” = badger and “hund” = dog. Three different coats (Smooth, Wirehaired, and Longhaired) separate the three kinds of Dachshund. Breeders crossed the original smooth-haired Dachshunds with terriers to create the wirehaired and spaniels to create the longhaired. Perhaps due to their Terrier background, wirehaired Dachshunds are said to be more spirited and mischievous. Longhaired are more serene and quiet, and smooth-haired are right in the middle.


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Tongues Out

According to Chinese legend, the Shar Pei’s black tongues helped ward off evil spirits.


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Eye See You

The Greyhound’s eye placement allows this breed to see behind as well as over half a mile ahead.


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The Basenji is not technically “barkless,” as many people think. They can yodel.


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Fairy Carrier

Welsh legend says fairies used Corgis to pull their carriages into battle.


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By: Isabelle Orr
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