Dog Facts


The muse

Pablo Picasso had a Dachshund called Lump, named after the German word for ‘Rascal’. Picasso was once cited as saying, ‘Lump, he’s not a dog, he’s not a little man, he’s somebody else.’ It is reported although Picasso had many dogs, Lump was the only one he took in his arms.



Presidential canine

American president, Warren G Harding owned an Airedale Terrier named Laddie boy. He accompany the president on games of golf, collecting the balls back after every round. The White house would also throw the Terrier birthday parties, inviting all the neighboring dogs over to eat dog biscuits.

It is reported after the president’s death, Laddy howled for three days straight. To commemorate the president’s death a statue of Laddy boy was made out of penny coins.




Overpaid Pooch

Dorothy’s faithful companion in the Wizard of Oz also had some pretty good incentives to stick with her. When they filmed the 1939 movie, Terry, a Cairn Terrier was cast as the tiny companion to play against Judy Garland. For being next to her, the dog was paid $125 per week. The actors who played the Munchkins were paid $100 per week.

To give you some context, in 2012 Dollars, the little dog would’ve been paid about $2,000 per week, while Munchkins were paid about $1,600 per week. Terry actually suffered an injury on the set. One of the Winkie guards stepped on him, and had to be replaced for a bit.




Team left or right?

A little known fact is that dogs can be right or left handed (pawed). In 2006 the University of Manchester found around 50 percent of dogs are left pawed and 50 percent are right pawed, with a statistically insignificant number being ambidextrous.

So, how can you find out which paw your dog uses? A few tests include seeing which paw your dog most often shakes with, which paw do they reach for your hand with first? You can try putting a treat or a toy under a piece of furniture to see which paw they usually reach for the treat or toy with. If your pet wants to come inside, which paw does it typically use to scratch at the door?



Millionaire mut

In July 2000, the singer Madonna sold her eight bedroom Miami villa for £5million to agents acting on behalf of a German Shepherd dog called Gunther IV.

Apparently, Gunther IV had inherited his fortune from his father, Gunther III, who had in turn been the sole heir of the estate of his owner, a German Countess by the name of Karlotta Liebenstein who left £43m to her dog when she died in 1992.




Smarty pants

It has been found the average dog is about as bright linguistically as a human two-year-old. The University of British Columbia in Vancouver carried out a study testing canine intelligence.

The results found they can understand about 165 words, signs and signals. Those in the top 20 per cent were able to understand as many as 250 words and signals, which is about the same as a two and a half year old.

Obviously these results to not imply we can have a conversation with a dog, but like a two-year-old, they show that they can understand words and gestures.


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