- Name: Dog
- Trinomial Name: Canis lupus familiaris
- Lifespan: Between 10 and 13 years (average)
- Diet: Meat (carnivorous)
- Range: Worldwide (domesticated)
- Length: Varies by breed
- Weight: Varies by breed
17 Dog Facts for Kids
- Dogs are members of the Canidae family and the Canis genus.
- Their scientific trinomial name is Canis lupus familiaris.
- As of 2019, the AKC (American Kennel Club) recognizes 202 standard dog breeds.
- Dogs were the first animal species to be domesticated by humans.
- The average length of a dog varies by breed, they can be as short as 6 inches and as long as 8 feet.
- The average weight of a dog varies by breed, they can weigh as little as 4 ounces, or more than 300 pounds.
- It’s estimated there are over 900 million domesticated dogs worldwide.
- It’s estimated there are over 75 million domesticated dogs in the United States of America.
- Dogs are the most popular domestic pet in the world.
- When a puppy is born, it’s blind, deaf and has no teeth.
- A healthy, genetically normal adult dog will have 42 teeth.
- Dogs have an amazing sense of smell. They have around 300 million receptors in the nose. To put that into context, a human only has around 5 million receptors.
- Dogs do see in color, contrary to popular beliefs. However, they don’t see colors as vivid as humans do.
- Pet owners give their dogs all kinds of unique names. However, the most popular names are Max, Molly, Sam, Zach and Maggie.
- Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on the planet, reaching a running speed of up to 45 miles per hour.
- Dogs don’t curl up into a ball when they sleep to keep warm. Long ago, before dogs were domesticated, they would curl up into a ball when they slept to protect their organs from predators.
- Dalmatians are born with no spots and are completely white. Their spots develop as they get older.
Additional Resources on Dogs
- Dogs – National Geographic – Learn more about dogs and their history with humans on the National Geographic website.
- Dog Breeds Archive – View 186 different dog breeds on the Purina website.
- Dog (Canines) – Wikipedia – Find more awesome facts about dogs on the wikipedia website.