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Dog facts

– Puppies grow to half their body weight in their first four to five months, puppies then take a year or more to gain the other half of their body weight

– The fastest breed, the greyhound, can run up to 44 miles per hour

– Dogs with upright ears hear sound better than floppy-eared dogs

– In general, smaller breeds live longer than larger breeds

– Dogs are omnivores– they eat meats, grains, and vegetables

– The heaviest breed, the Mastiff, weighs about 200 pounds

– More than half of all U.S. presidents have owned dogs

– Dogs can see best at dusk and dawn

– Chow Chows are born with pink tongues that turn blue-black at 8 to 10 weeks

– The Basenji is the only barkless dog

– Spiked dog collars were used to protect dogs’ throats from wolf attacks in ancient Greece