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Interesting Dog Facts

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGS MIDDLE AGESYour dog is part of your family but dogs have an interesting past. Here are some fun historical facts about man’s best friend.

  1. The first living creature sent into space was a female dog named Laika launched by the former USSR on November 3, 1957.
  2. The heaviest dog ever weighed 319 pounds.
  3. The oldest dog ever died at age 29.
  4. The dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans.
  5. Mosaics meaning “Beware the Dog” would be found on doorsteps in ancient Roman cities.
  6. People in ancient China stayed warm by carrying toy breeds in their sleeves.
  7. The smallest mature dog was a Yorkshire Terrier that was 2 1/2 inches high at its shoulder.
  8. The tallest dog ever was a Great Dane who stood 41 inches high.

Next will let you know about some interesting jobs that dogs have had. Remember, your pets count!

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