According to a new study published in Animal Cognition, dogs use a combination of at least 19 distinct gestures to tell us what they want. One mix of gestures, such as pawing and head tilting, might translate to they want to go outside while another combination might get across the desire for food.
In his treatise on animals, Aristotle urged, “Choose the Molossus.” This ancient breed of dogs is the ancestor of the Mastiff.
Schnauzers were originally bred to hunt rodents, and some felt it was necessary to trim their tails to protect them from getting bitten back. FYI, the practice of trimming or docking dog tails is now considered controversial.
Mark Twain is credited with saying, “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog,” but there is no evidence he actually said it. The quote may have originated before his time, with Voltaire or Madame de Stael.
At dog shows, a dog that has been labeled as a “bridesmaid” by a judge is one that frequently places second, but rarely wins.
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