Interesting Facts About Cats and Dogs

Pet Facts: Cat and Dog Facts 101 - interesting dog and cat facts

In the time that you’ve cared for your pet, you’ve probably learned a good amount of new and interesting fun facts. Everyday experiences with your furry friend can teach you a thing or two about their unique quirks and abilities as every pet has their own personality. Here is a list of some interesting animal facts that you can use as trivia on your next pet play date. Some may shock you, while others might help you to improve as a pet owner. Have a look at these pet facts for yourself!

Dog Facts

  • A puppy is born blind, deaf, and toothless.
  • Dogs have three eyelids, the third of which (the haw) is used to keep eyes protected and lubricated. 
  • Dalmatians are born all white with no spots.
  • The Basenji is the only dog without a bark. 
  • All dogs have a common ancestor with a weasel-like animal called the Miacis, which can be traced 40-million years.
  • According to a survey by Kloof, a few of the best dog breeds for men to attract a date are the German Shepherd, the Golden Retriever, and the Siberian Husky. For women, breeds include the Beagle, the Poodle, and the Chihuahua.

    golden retriever learning interesting facts about dog behavior

  • Kublai Khan, fifth Khagan of the Mongol Empire, is noted to have owned the most dogs as one person. Khan had 5,000 Mastiffs. Imagine taking care of that many pups!
  • A dog can hear sounds four times farther away than humans can.
  • On average, dogs can run at a speed of about 19mph. Greyhounds more than double this, maxing out at speed of up to 45pmh.
  • The largest dog ever recorded is an English Mastiff named Zorba, weighing in at 343 pounds. He measured 8’ 3” from his nose to his tail.
  • The smallest dog ever recorded was a Yorkshire Terrier that weighed in at only 4 ounces. The dog was 3.5” from nose to tail.
  • It is estimated that there are 400 million dogs in the world at present.
  • Dogs can be identified by their nose print, which is as unique as a human fingerprint.

Cat Facts

    • Cats can make over 100 unique vocalizations and sounds, while dogs are only capable of making about 10.

    • A cat can leap over five times its own height. That’s quite a pounce!
    • Ever wonder why cats don’t like water? Their fur fails to insulate when it is wet, meaning that their body temperature drops to the point of discomfort.

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  • The most expensive cat of all time, Little Nicky, costs his owner $50,000. The cat was a clone of a much older feline.
  • Why is your cat making that silly face? Your cat's smelling with mouth open wide! This is because cats have a special organ in their mouth that heightens smell when air passes into it!

  • Isaac Newton invented the first ever cat flap. While experimenting in a dark room, Newton’s cat repeatedly entered, and ruined his testing. As a resolution, the cat door was created.
  • House cats are North America’s most popular pets. With 3% of households owning a cat, there are 73 million estimated today, while there are 63 million dogs.
  • Cats mark their territory by secreting a scent from special glands located around its face, tail area, and paws.

These are only a few of the absolute best things about dogs and cats. What can you share from your knowledge or experience with your pet? Let us know!

Nick Pullano

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Nick Pullano


Pets: I have a half border collie, half angel named Mikey.
Fun stuff: My dog's tongue is slightly longer than her face, so frequently her tongue sticks out a little even when her mouth is closed.

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