Fun Facts in honor of National Dog Day
In honor of National Dog Day on August 26, we gathered some fun facts about our four-legged canine buddies.
- According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, between 70 million and 80 million dogs are kept as pets in the United States, with an estimated 37 percent to 47 percent of households having at least one dog.
- The United States has the largest dog population in the world; Brazil has the second.
- As the weather starts to heat up, nearly 56 percent of participants in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study swim regularly; 334 dogs actually get their swimming done in the ocean!
- Estimates suggest 10 percent of people in the United States are allergic to dogs. However, some dog breeds are considered hypoallergenic, including poodles, schnauzers, Portuguese water dogs, Kerry blue and Bedlington terriers, and the bichon frise.
- For the last three years, the most popular dog breeds in America are Labrador retriever, German shepherd, and golden retriever.
- According to the ASPCA, Max is the most popular dog name. Cooper is the most popular name for dogs in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study (Max isn’t even in the top 10!)
- Most dogs have 200 million scent receptors in their noses; humans have only five million. Bloodhounds have 300 million scent receptors!
- The dog days of summer don’t really have anything to do with dogs or heat; the term comes from the ancient Greeks, and refers to when Sirius, the Dog Star, is rising.
- The Norwegian Lundehund is the only dog with six toes on each foot; the Basenji is the only dog that cannot bark.
- The Beatles included a whistle only audible to dogs in their song “A Day in the Life.”
Morris Animal Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of our canine companions. Since 1948, we’ve funded almost 1,000 canine-health focused studies. Our work has helped dogs everywhere live longer and healthier lives.