Fun Facts About our Furry Friends!

Fun Facts about Our Furry Friends!

We all know dogs are interesting characters, but do you know some of these little tidbits about our furry friends?

Such as:

• Rin Tin Tin was the first American dog movie star and signed his own contracts for 22 movies with a pawprint.

• Toto’s role in the Wizard of Oz was played by a female Cairn Terrier named Terry.

• George Washington had 36 Foxhounds, and one was named Sweetlips.

• Former President Lyndon Johnson howled with his favorite dog, Yuki, a stray rescued by his daughter Luci at a Texas gas station. He also had two Beagles named Him and Her.

• Franklin D. Roosevelt once spent $15,000 to have a destroyer return the Aleutian Islands and retrieve his Scottie, Fala, who had been accidentally left behind.

• Teddy Roosevelt’s pit bull, Pete, once ripped off a French ambassador’s pants at a White House event.

• Zorba, an English Mastiff, is the heaviest dog on record, weighing 343 pounds at the age of 8 in 1989.

• According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest dog on record was a Yorkshire Terrier in Great Britain who, at the age of 2, weighed just 4 ounces.

• The longest lived dog, according to the Guinness Book, was an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey, who lived to be 29.

• The first living being to travel in space was a small mixed breed dog named Laika, who gave her life orbiting the earth in the Russian Sputnik in 1957.

• John F. Kennedy’s terrier, Charlie, sired 4 puppies with Laika’s daughter, Pushinka.

• The Lundehund breed has 6 toes and can close its ears.

• Chihuahuas are born with a “molera”, or soft spot like a human baby, which usually closes as they mature.

• The only sweat glands a dog has are between the paw pads.

• If none are spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in 6 years.

• A 12 lb. Yorkie named Oliver once defended an elderly woman from an 80 lb. Akita. The woman escaped to safety and the Yorkie survived with only nine stitches.

Facts taken from:"Fun Dog Facts"

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