Posts tagged ‘Dog’

Why do dogs pant?

Dogs pant to cool off when they are feeling hot.  When our body temperature gets too high, we sweat.  Evaporation of sweat from the skin takes up a lot of heat, and helps cool the body.  But dogs are almost completely covered with hair, and have every few sweat glands.

They can’t keep cool by sweating.  Instead, a dog pants.  It sticks out its tongue and breathes rapidly.  By panting, a dog moves air back and forth over the moist tissues of its mouth and tongue.  As the moisture evaporates, body heat is carried away, and the dog feels cooler.–Dick Rogers

Do dogs dream?

We do not really know if dogs dream, because they are not able to tell us when they wake up.  But dogs do appear to dream.  If you have a dog, you may have noticed that when it is asleep, it sometimes yelps or growls, roll its eyes and even twitches its legs as though it were chasing something.

Most dog owners  believe this to be a sign that their dog is dreaming.  But even though your dog may appear to be dreaming, what goes on when it whines and moves in its sleep is probably not the same as what goes on in your brain when you are dreaming.–Dick Rogers

Is there a dog that can’t bark?

Yes, there is one breed of dog, the basenji (buh-SEN-jee), that you’ll never catch “barking up the wrong tree.”  This strange little dog with perky ears and a tightly curled tail cannot bark at all.  It does make noises, and whines, and when excited.  It makes a sound resembling a yodel.

The basenji has another feature not found in other breeds of dogs.  It has a habit of washing its short, silky coat with its tongue to keep itself clean, as a cat does.  Because it is not a noisy dog, the basenji is a popular house pet.–Dick Rogers

Why do dogs bury bones?

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When a dog buries a bone, it is probably following an age-old habit of burying food for safekeeping.

The ancestors of dogs were wild animals that lived outside.  These animals had to hunt for their food.

They often buried the food they could not finish eating in a meal, hiding it from scavengers.

This also enabled the wild dogs to have a leftovers for a future meal.  Modern house dogs are still born with this instinct to bury food, even though it is no longer necessary.   When burying a bone, a dog digs the hole with its front feet, but covers the bone with its nose.–Dick Rogers

Is there a dog that can’t bark?

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The breed of dog called the “basenji” (buh SEN jee) does not bark at all.  It is small, with perky ears and the habits of washing itself like a cat.  It is commonly known as the “barkless dog.”  The basenji can make noises, however.  It can snarl, growl, and whine, and when excited, it makes a kind of yodeling sound.

Because it isn’t a noisy dog, the basenji is popular as a house pet.  Basenjis originated in Africa as hunting dogs, where their keen sense of smell, intelligence and silence were useful for tracking prey.  You’ll never catch a basenji “barking up the wrong tree!” – Dick Rogers

What is the tallest dog in the world?

Tallest Dog

Did you ever see a dog that was almost as tall as a Shetland pony?

The Irish wolfhound is such a dog.  In fact, it is the tallest of all dogs.

A full-grown male Irish wolfhound may stand nearly 3 feet tall and weigh 140 pounds or more.

The dog’s rough, wiry coat may be gray, red, black, white or fawn.

The Irish wolfhound was traditionally used in Ireland to protect flocks of sheep against marauding wolves, as well as for hunting them—which tells us how the Irish wolfhound got its name.

Irish wolfhounds make gentle pets.

T as a hunter this large, powerful dog is more than a match for a wolf.

Hounds are hunting dogs and usually have a deep-throated bark.

Many hounds are named for the game they were originally trained to hunt.  There are many types of hound.  The deerhound, foxhound, and coonhound, as well as the wolfhound are some of the best-know.  – Dick Rogers

Why does the dachshund have a long body?

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The droopy-eared dachshund (pronounced  DAHKS hoont) is so long and low that it is often jokingly called a sausage dog—half-a-dog high and two dogs long.

The dachshund’s low-slung shape was developed long ago in German for “badger hound.”  Tracking badgers and then wiggling into their dens to draw them out was its business.

A long body and short, sturdy legs, with feet well suited for digging, made the dachshund ideal for this job.  Smaller-sized dachshunds were used for digging rabbits out of their burrows.  The original dachshund from Germany was smooth-haired.

Today, you can see dachshunds with long, silky hair and rough-coated, wire-haired dachshunds, as well as the tiny miniature dachshunds.  The dachshund’s loving nature and shrewd intelligence has made them hang and alert dog a popular pet. – Dick Rogers

How did the St. Bernard get its name?

St. Bernard

The dog gets its name from the monastery of St. Bernard, in the Swiss Alps.  The Saint Bernard is a large, intelligent dog that has become famous for rescuing lost travelers.

These great rescue dogs got their name because they have been raised and trained for many centuries by Swiss monks at a rest house, called the Hospice of Saint Bernard, high in the snowy Alps of Switzerland.

At one time, there were many foot travelers who crossed the Alps through a high, dangerous pass.  They often lost their way or became buried in a sudden snowstorm.

The St. Bernard dog was trained to rescue them.  With its keen sense of smell, the St. Bernard could find people who were buried deep in the snow.

After it found the traveler, the dog would dig him out of the snow and bark loudly for help. When the monks heard the dog barking, they would bring the traveler to the hospice.

You have probably seen many picture of St. Bernard dogs with brandy keep around their necks.  But the dogs never really carried brandy kegs on their rescue missions.

Today, their rescue missions are almost never made. – Dick Rogers

Why are dalmatians called fire dogs?

Dalmatian

The Dalmatian has been traditionally the pet of firemen, and was once kept as a companion to race alone with the horse-drawn fire engines. 

The Dalmatian is a large, white-spotted dog that looks a pointer.  Dalmatian are popularly known as fire dogs and are often found today as pets of firemen at fire station. 

Another  name for the Dalmatian is the coach dog.  These dogs were once used to run along with horse-drawn coaches to protect them from highwaymen.  At the end of the journey they stood guard over the coach. 

When early-time firemen began  using horses to pull their fire engines, they adopted the Dalmatian as a companion to run along with fire horses. 

Later, when fire engines became motorized, the Dalmatian was still kept as a mascot.  Dalmatian aren’t born with a spots.  Dalmatian puppies are pure white when they are born.  The black or brown spots appear after about three weeks. 

Dalmatian were named for Dalmatia, in Yugoslavia, where they were ones raised as watchdogs. – Dick Rogers