Friday, April 18, 2008

Dog Trivia Fun Facts Game

Dogs are so much fun. Here are some fun trivia questions that you could turn into a fun trivia game with your family.

How long have dogs been domesticated? 10,000 years

How many breeds of dogs are there? Over 200

What is the Latin name for dog? Canis Familiaris

What is the tallest breed of dog? Irish Wolfhound

Which two dogs do not have a pink tongue? Chow Chow and the Shar-pei

What is the only breed of dog that doesn’t bark? The Basenji

What color is a Dalmation puppy when it is born? White, spots do not come in until they mature.

What dog was bred to fight badgers in their dens? Dachshunds

What dog did ancient Chinese royalty love to tuck into the sleeves of their royal robes? Pekingese

What was the Poodle haircut originally meant to improve? The dog’s swimming abilities as a retriever. The pom-poms were left in place to warm their joints.

How fast can greyhounds run? They can reach up to 45 miles per hour for short amounts of time.

Why do dogs curl up with their tail covering their nose? To keep the nose warm in cold weather.

What dog was the first ever space astronaut? It was Laikia. She was sent into space in an artificial earth satellite in 1957 by the Russian government.

What two dogs survived the Titanic? A Pekingese belonging to Henry Sleeper Harper and a Pomeranian belonging to Miss Margaret Hays.

What is the oldest known breed of dog? Saluki, which is an Arabic word which means noble one. These dogs were raised as hunting dogs by the Egyptians.

What is the oldest breed of dog native to North America? The Chihuahua

17. A dog’s year of life is not exactly equivalent to 7 years of a human’s life. How does it truly calculate? At one year, a dog is the equivalent of 16 human years; at two dog years they are 24 human years; at 3 dog years, 30 human years; and for every dog year after that, add 4 human years.

What mammals have prostates? Only humans and dogs

How many teeth are in a dog’s mouth? 42

Whippets can reach a maximum of how many miles per hour? 35

What is the Taco Bell dog’s name? Gidget, she is actually a female.

What is the age of the longest lived dog? 29

What does the “spring” in Springer Spaniel referred to? The dog’s ability to spring or startle game

What did the monks use Lhasa Apso’s for? To guard temples.

Where do dogs sweat? Many people think they sweat by salivating, but actually they sweat by the pads of their feet.

Where did the Pug get its name? From the dog’s resemblance to the pug monkey.

Are dogs really color blind? Dogs can see color. It is just not as colorful.

How much do Great Dane’s eat in a day’s time? They can eat up to 81/2 pounds a day.

Do dogs see any better than cats? No. Dogs first distinguish objects by movement, then by brightness and then finally by their shape.

Do dogs have a keen sense of smell? Yes, in fact when we smell a casserole, dogs smell the individual ingredients. It is amazing!

Have fun with these fun facts by creating a game for your family! You could come up with some more on your own that could be easier for your little ones! There is so much information available about dogs that you could spend an entire family night playing this game! These are just questions to get you started. You can make up some cards from cardstock and create your own rules. The main rule is to have fun.

After you have spent some time playing a game, take your dog out for a walk in the park. Don’t forget the dog stroller for the trip back from the park, as he may be a little tired! And, then he will be ready for a nap in his comfy dog bed!

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