Fun Facts About Man’s Best Friend

Are you crazy for canines? Can’t get enough cuddles from your pooch? Is “Must Love Dogs” your go-to DVD rentals on Saturday night? (We’re only slightly passing judgement.)

You’re not alone, however, if you’re more than mildly-gaga for your pup. In fact, it appears America is land of the free, home of the brave…and apparent lover of man’s best friend! Nearly 62 percent of U.S. households own a pet, across an estimated 72.9 million homes; approximately 45 per of dogs sleep in their owner’s bed.

While dog-loving trends have headlined the news in recent years (“Paris Hilton’s pup…the latest bag accessory!”), canines have long been recognized as a loyal sidekick. In facts, records show that humans have been keeping pups as pets for approximately 12,000 or so years. Talk about longstanding friendships!

Canines are some of the most remarkable animals on earth. Believe it or not, the average dog is thought to be as intelligent as a two-year-old child. Even more impressive? Dogs are capable of comprehending an estimated 250 words and gestures, in addition to performing simple, mathematical calculations!

Curious for some more doggy data? Take a look at the following infographic to uncover some pretty cool (and rather unusual!) facts about our furry friends. Still find yourself fiending for some furry factoids? Head over to our homepage at for your daily dose of all things, canine!