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Rin Tin Tin Sparks a Movement

Rin Tin Tin was so popular that in 1926, German shepherds accounted for 36 percent—21,569—of all dogs registered by the American Kennel Club.

In 2008, researchers at the University of Giessen in Germany and the University of Lincoln in the UK found that dogs prefer new toys over old ones. The scientific term for this preference of new things is neophilia. Sometimes, however, this preference is transient.

Julius Caesar admired the mastiffs of the Celtic tribes of Europe and Britain so much that he sent some back to Rome.

Some believe the French bulldog was originally a much larger animal called the Spanish bulldog. But the English bulldog appears to be British. Back in the 1500s, it was spelled “bondogge” or “bolddogge.”

Lyndon B. Johnson’s dog Yuki once snuck on Richard Nixon’s helicopter. Yuki was a white mutt abandoned at a gas station in Johnson City, Texas.

Mr. Smarty Pants read the above information in a book, magazine, newspaper, or website; heard it on the radio; saw it on television, or overheard it a party. Got any facts? Email them Mr. Smarty Pants for possible inclusion in the column at Mr.Pants@AustinChronicle.com.