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5 Fun Facts about Dogs

At TCAP we are pet lovers first, and we enjoy the pets and their people who visit our clinics every day. If you a pet lover too, you may enjoy learning these five fun facts about dogs listed below that really set them apart from us and other animals.

Dog Days of Summer

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Ever wonder what this means? The saying “dog days of summer” originated in ancient Greece and Rome to describe the hottest days of summer that coincided with the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius.

Extreme Senses

Dogs have serious senses! Most humans have better vision during the day and almost 4x as many taste buds as dogs, but canines still have us outclassed when it comes to smelling and hearing. A dog’s hearing can pick up sounds that are far too high pitched for humans to hear. Their hearing range can pick up a range of frequencies between 67 Hz to 45 kHz, compared to humans who can hear a range between 20 Hz to 20 kHz. A dog’s nose also functions very differently than our own. A dog’s nose processes up to 300 million olfactory receptors, compared to a human’s 6 million. Also, the part of the dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smell is, proportionally, 40 times greater than a human’s. All these factors combine to allow a dog’s sense of smell to work at least 10,000 times better than our own!

Famous Female Dogs

Did you know that Toto from Wizard of Oz was female? She was played by a female Cairn Terrier named Terry. The Taco Bell Chihuahua is also a female and her name is Gidget.


Dogs can vary drastically in size and weight. The tallest dog breed is the Irish Wolfhound measuring an average of 34-35 inches. The heaviest dog breed is the English Mastiff weighing as much as 250lbs (the heaviest weight for any dog was for an English Mastiff named Alcama Zorba that weighed a whopping 343 pounds). On the opposite end of the scale, the average Chihuahua weighs an average of just 4-6lbs.

Cooling Off

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In addition to sweating from their paw pads, dogs use rapid breathing to prevent overheating. Amazingly, a panting dog can take 300-400 breaths per minute (compared to his regular 30-40) with very little effort. Because of his natural elasticity of his lungs and airways, panting does not expend much of your pet’s energy, nor does it create additional heat.

We appreciate all the amazing things about you and your dog at TCAP. We offer low cost vaccines, hw testing and hw prevention every Monday-Saturday at locations throughout North Texas. Come and visit us during one of our events. We’d love to meet you and your amazing pets! You can view our vaccine events online anytime at:

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