At NaturVet, we believe that old dogs can learn new tricks. We also believe that pet parents might be able to learn a thing or two about the furry friends sitting right next to them.
Fun Pet Trivia & Pack Fact Knowledge Testers
Whether you need some fun trivia points, or just want to test your own knowledge, these pack facts are for you. We’ve dug up 57 paws-itively fun pet facts that are sure to make you tilt your head at least once or twice.
Pack Fact #1 - Dogs Sense of Smell
Dogs have a sense of smell that is 100,000 times stronger than humans.
Pack Fact #2 - Tallest Dog Record
The tallest dog on record was a Great Dane named Zeus, who stood at 44 inches tall.
Pack Fact #3
The world’s smallest breed is the Chihuahua, which can weigh as little as two pounds.
Pack Fact #4 - Most Popular Dog Breed
The most popular dog breed in the United States is the Labrador Retriever.
Pack Fact #5 - Dogs Noses
Dogs’ noses are as unique as human fingerprints.
Pack Fact #6 - Puppy Sweat
Pups actually sweat through their paws!
Pack Fact #7 - A Yodeling Dog
The Basenji breed doesn’t bark – but yodels.
Pack Fact #8 - Find the Spot
Dalmatians are born completely white, and develop their spots as they grow older.
Pack Fact #9 - Fastest Dog on Earth
Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on earth, with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour.
Pack Fact #10 - Hearing Accuracy
A dog's sense of hearing is more than ten times more accurate than a human's.
Pack Fact #11 - Paw Preferences
Dogs can be right or left-handed (-pawed?), just like humans!
Pack Fact #12 - Jury Approved
The Bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in court.
Pack Fact #13 - Cats Listen Up
Cats can rotate their ears 180 degrees, and can turn in the direction of sound 10 times faster than those of the best watchdog.
Pack Fact #14 - Oldest Dog Breed
The Saluki is the oldest dog breed, dating back to ancient Egypt around 329 B.C.
Pack Fact #15 - Tail Language
A dog's wagging tail can signify a variety of emotions, from happiness, readiness to play, or even feeling nervous.
Pack Fact #16 - Cat Night Vision
Cats have a special reflective layer behind their retinas, enhancing their night vision and making it six times better than that of humans.
Pack Fact #17 - Most Intelligent Breed of Dog
The Border Collie is often considered the most intelligent breed of dog due to its trainability.
Reference Link: Psychology Today
Pack Fact #18 - Heightened Sense of Smell
Certain breeds of dogs like the Saint Bernard, have a heightened sense of smell that allows them to locate people buried by avalanches.
Reference Link: American Kennel Club (AKC)
Pack Fact #19 - No Swim Breed
The French Bulldog cannot swim because of its squat frame and bulbous head.
Pack Fact #20 - Cat Naps
The average cat sleeps 13 to 14 hours a day, in various cozy and comfortable spots.
Pack Fact #21 - Built for Cold Weather
The Siberian Husky's thick coat helps them withstand temperatures as low as -60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pack Fact #22 - Corgi Folklore
Corgis were believed to be ridden by fairy warriors in ancient folklore, which is why they have markings that look like saddles and harnesses.
Pack Fact #23 - Sense of Smell Runner-Up
Basset Hounds have the second-best sense of smell, second only to the Bloodhound.
Reference Link: American Kennel Club (AKC)
Pack Fact #24 - Cat Taste Receptors
Cats can't taste sweetness. They lack the taste receptors for it.
Pack Fact #25 - Sled Dog Origins
Pomeranians were initially bred as large sled dogs, used for heavy work in the Arctic regions.
Pack Fact #26 - How Many Scent Receptors?
The Beagle's strong sense of smell is due to their having more than 220 million scent receptors.
Pack Fact #27 - Hairless Cat Skin
The hairless Sphynx cat's skin feels like chamois leather and can be covered in a fine layer of down which makes it feel like a warm peach.
Pack Fact #28 - Bred to Pull
Bred to pull carts, Bernese Mountain Dogs can pull 1,000+ lbs thanks to their immense size and strength.
Pack Fact #29 - Horse Vision
Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal, giving them a nearly 360-degree field of vision.
Pack Fact #30 - Golden Intelligence
Golden Retrievers are so trainable and intelligent they are often used for roles in search and rescue teams and as service dogs.
Pack Fact #31 - Swimming Cats
The Turkish Van cat is one of the few breeds that loves swimming, likely because its coat has a unique texture that makes it water resistant.
Pack Fact #32 - True Shih Tzu Origins
Contrary to popular belief, the Shih Tzu is actually a breed that originated in China, not Tibet.
Pack Fact #33 - Bred to Catch Rats
Yorkshire Terriers, despite their small size, were originally bred to catch rats in clothing mills.
Pack Fact #34 - Largest Breed of Cat
The largest breed of cat is the Maine Coon, with males weighing between 13-18 pounds, and some even exceeding 20 pounds.
Pack Fact #35 - Black Tongued Doggos
The Chow Chow and the Shar-Pei are the only two dog breeds that have fully black tongues.
Pack Fact #36 - Front Paw Boxing
Boxers are named so because of their playful nature and the way they use their front paws in a boxing motion.
Pack Fact #37 - Smelling Danger
A dog's sense of smell is so accurate that it has been known to detect diseases like cancer in humans.
Reference Link: PBS
Pack Fact #38 - Rottweiler Name Origin
The Rottweiler is named after a small town in Germany called Rottweil, which in turn was named after the red tiles of the Roman villas built there.
Pack Fact #39 - Bred for Reindeer Herding
The Samoyed breed, while looking fluffy and glamorous, is a hardy working dog breed that was originally bred for reindeer herding and sled pulling in Siberia.
Pack Fact #40 - Cat Hops
Cats can jump up to six times their length.
Pack Fact #41 - Bred to Fight Badgers
The Dachshund was originally bred to fight badgers.
Pack Fact #42 - A Real Goofball
Despite their elegant look, Afghan Hounds have a clownish personality and love to goof around.
Pack Fact #43 - The "American Gentleman"
The Boston Terrier is known as the "American Gentleman" because of its tuxedo-like marking.
Pack Fact #44 - Queen Elizabeth II Dog of Choice
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has been popularized by Queen Elizabeth II who has owned over 30 during her reign.
Pack Fact #45 - Cat Tail Bones
Cats use their tails to balance themselves and they have nearly 30 individual bones in them.
Reference Link: Catster
Pack Fact #46 - Shepherd Transplant
The Australian Shepherd was not actually developed in Australia, but rather the United States.
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Despite its small size, the Papillon has a strong athletic ability and can be trained to do all kinds of tricks.
Pack Fact #48 - Bred to Safeguard Game
The Bullmastiff, a large-sized breed of domestic dog, has a solid build and a short muzzle, originally developed by gamekeepers to guard estates.
Pack Fact #49 - Cat Papillae
Cats have a specialized grooming tool on their tongues called papillae, made of the same material as their claws.
Pack Fact #50 - Bred for Springing Game
The English Springer Spaniel is known for its agility and endurance, originally bred for springing game in the field.
Pack Fact #51 - Smelling Emotions
Dogs can sniff out human emotions by smell alone.
Pack Fact #52 - Aztec Importance
Chihuahuas were important to the Aztecs. The Aztec nobility of Mexico kept Chihuahuas.
Pack Fact #53 - Cat Chromosomes
Most calico cats are girls. Two X chromosomes are needed for cats to have a distinctive tri-color coat. If a cat has an XX pair, she will be female.
Pack Fact #54 - Runner-Up in Tolerance Testing
Pit bulls are not inherently aggressive. In temperance tests, they were the 2nd most tolerant breed, next to golden retrievers. The least tolerant was the chihuahua.
Pack Fact #55 - Cat Mayor
A cat was the Mayor of an Alaskan town for 20 years. He didn’t hold any legislative power but was loved by locals and tourists.
Pack Fact #56 - Astrocat
In 1963 a cat went to space. Felicette, also known as ‘Astrocat’ was the 1st and only cat to go to space.
Reference Link: Purina
Pack Fact #57 - House Cat Genetics
House cats share 95.6% of their genetic makeup with tigers.
Wrapping up our Pack Facts for now
We hope you enjoyed our fun pet fact trivia. Whether you learned something new or reminded yourself of a few, we're sure you've got a new conversation started or two purr-fect for breaking the ice with your next pet meet up.