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Test Your Knowledge: How Many Random Dog Facts Do You Know?

By Hannah Stein

As a dog parent, you know everything about dogs… right? At Thousand Hills Pet Resort, we are pretty confident about our dog knowledge. Why not put it the test? How many of these random dog facts do you know?

To find out, keep track of your true or false answers. Once you have finished the quiz, tally the total amount correct. Remember, no peeking!


  1. Dogs are colorblind.

  2. Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dog breed in the United States. 

  3. Dalmatians are born with spots.

  4. Dogs have less taste buds than humans.

  5. Dogs sweat.

  6. The fastest breed, the Greyhound, can run up to 30 mph.

  7. More than half of the US Presidents have owned dogs.

  8. Petting a dog can lower blood pressure.

  9. Dogs are direct descendents of coyotes.

  10. Larger breeds mature faster than smaller breeds.

  11. “Basset” is Welsh for “dwarf dog.”

  12.  All dogs have webbed feet.

  13. The smallest dog on record is a Yorkshire Terrier.

  14. As of 2017, there are almost 90 million dogs owned in the US.

  15. Over 50% of Americans prefer dogs to cats.

  16. 2018’s most popular dog name was Buddy.

  17. The oldest dog on record lived to be 29.

  18. Dogs have the brain capacity of a two or three-year-old child. 

  19. Dogs can be trained to detect seizures before they occur and detect insulin levels.

  20. The pattern of a dogs nose is as unique as the finger print on a human.

No peeking! The answers are below.


  1. False, dogs can see blue and yellow!

  2. True, and they have been in that position for the past 20 years.

  3. False, they are born white and develop them as mature.

  4. True, dogs only have 1,700 while humans may have up to 10,000.

  5. True, dogs sweat from their paw pads.

  6. False, they can actually run up to 44 mph.

  7. True, even Calvin Coolidge had at least a dozen dogs.

  8. True, a biological reason dogs are great for therapy and emotional support.

  9. False, dogs are direct descendents of wolves.

  10. False, smaller breeds actually mature faster than larger breeds.

  11. False, “corgi” is Welsh for “dwarf dog.”

  12. False, only some do, like the Newfoundland.

  13. True, it weighed only 4 ounces.

  14. True, this is an increase of 20 million since 2000. 

  15. True, 51% prefer dogs to cats, while another 28% like them equally.

  16. False, the most popular dog name of 2018 was Bailey.

  17. True, it was an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey.

  18. True, dogs can understand over 100 words and understand hand signals and body language.

  19. True, dogs make excellent service dogs under roles like a seizure alert dog or diabetic alert dog.

  20. True, dogs all have unique prints on their noses.

Now time to count them up!

18+= Dog genius! You really do know a lot about dogs. Your pup sure is lucky to have such a smart owner. Keep it up! 

14-17= Almost there! You know your stuff, but there is still more to learn.

9-13= You have a start to your dog knowledge. Keep doing your research!

4-8= You understand the well-known, common knowledge about dogs.

0-3= Maybe you have never had a dog, maybe you're a cat person.... want to learn more about dogs and get your score up? Read Thousand Hills Pet Resort's latest blogs!


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