Google+ PetsVentura® : DOGS' HISTORY AND FACTS


  • The dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans.
  • Mosaics meaning "Beware the Dog" would be found on doorsteps in ancient Roman cities.
  • The world's first dog show was held in Britain in 1859.
  • People in ancient China stayed warm by carrying toy breeds in their sleeves.
  • The smallest mature dog was a Yorkshire Terrier that was 2 1/2 inches high at its shoulder.
  • The heaviest dog ever weighed 319 pounds.
  • The oldest dog ever died at age 29.
  • The tallest dog ever was a Great Dane who stood 41 inches high.
  • The first living creature sent into space was a female dog named Laika launched by the former USSR on November 3, 1957
  • Labrador Retrievers were originally bred to retrieve fishing nets.
  • In the 19th century Dalmations defended carriages against highwaymen and kept away animals that could scare the horses.
  • Monks used the Lhasa Apso as a guard dog in temples.
  • Siberian Huskies have been used to herd reindeer in Siberia for 3000 years.
  • Louis Doberman, a German tax-collector, created the Doberman breed in the late 1860s to protect him while he worked