• Nose prints are used to identify dogs, just like humans use fingerprints!

• Dogs can bite as hard as 240 lbs of pressure per square inch of mouth area.
aIf left alone, a dog will spend up to 3 hours a day remarking its scent posts.
• The Alaskan Malamute was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1935.
The Alaskan Malamute breed is descended from dogs kept by the Mahlemuits tribe of upper western Alaska, this is also where the breed got its name.
• The Border Collie was the 139th breed recognized by the American Kennel Club.
• The Kuvasz was intentionally bred to have a light-colored coat, to make it easier for shepherds to distinguish their dogs from wolves attacking at night.
• The Old English Sheepdog Club of America was founded in 1904, a year before the breed received AKC recognition.
• The Old English Sheepdog was first shown in 1873 at the Birmingham Dog Show, which is held in England.
• The poodle was introduced to America in the late 1880’s, and first recognized by the AKC in 1887.
• Brown poodles are known to occasionally become prematurely grey. This is most common with miniature poodles.
• The Ozmilion kennel is considered by many to be the top Yorkshire Terrier kennel of all time. It has produced many champion dogs, including ‘CH Ozmilion Mystification’, who made history in 1997 by being the first Yorkie ever to win the coveted Best In Show award at the prestigious dog show, Cruft’s.
• According to American Kennel Club statistics, the Labrador Retriever was the most popular registered dog in the United States for the 17th consecutive year in 2007.
• Blue eyes on a Samoyed are considered a fault in show rings, and can result in disqualification for the dog.
• The English Bulldog Club of Canada, now known as the Bulldog Club of Central Canada, was the first bulldog club formed in Canada. It was formed in the 1920’s, and was registered with the CKC in 1979.
• The Arctic Wolf is the only subspecies of wolf still found over the whole of its original range. This is mainly because humans find its natural habitat so inhospitable.
• Arctic wolves bury leftover meat in the frozen ground or snow to save it for leaner times.
• The Bat-eared Fox is the only species in the genus Otocyon.
• There are only two recognized subspecies of Bat-eared Fox: Otocyon megalotis megalotis (found in South Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa), and Otocyon megalotis canescens (Ethiopia, and Somalia).
• The Bat-eared Fox is the only canid to have largely abandoned mammalian prey in favor of insects. A Bat-eared Fox’s diet may be as much as 80% insects.
• The Bat-eared Fox has between 46 and 50 teeth, more than any other heterodont placental mammal (the term ‘heterodont’ describes animals with teeth differentiated into incisors, canines, and molars, such as humans).
• Red Foxes have the widest distribution of any canid species (the Canidae family includes dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes and jackals).
• Throughout their range, aardwolves (whose diet consists of 90% termites) seem to prefer termites belonging to the genus Trinervitermes. Aardwolves also supplement their diets with termites belonging to the genera Hodotermes, Macrotermes, and Odontotermes.
• The aardwolf has two recognized geographically separate subspecies; Proteles cristatus cristatus (Southern Africa), and Proteles cristatus septentrionalis (Eastern Africa).
• Aardwolves in Southern Africa lose as much as 20% of their bodyweight each winter, because their primary source of food, termites, are not active during the colder months.
• Dingoes are considered the primary mammalian carnivore in Australia, although they compete with foxes and feral cats for many prey sources.
• Dingoes are mainly carnivorous but will eat a wide variety of foods including plant material and insects when necessary.

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