Dogs come in lots of different shapes, sizes, and colors—and so do these Fido facts and photos. They’ll definitely get your tail wagging!
Can you spot the Dalmatian? These puppies are born with spots on their skin, but the spots on their fur appear later.
Photograph by Kathleen Campbell, Getty Images
In the German language, dachs means “badger” and hund means “dog.” No wonder that this little guy—which was originally bred to hunt badgers—is called a dachshund!
Photograph by Belive…, Getty Images
Dogs communicate with body language. A relaxed face, open mouth, slightly pulled-back ears, and wagging tail says, “Nice to meet you!”
Photograph by Purple Collar Pet Photography, Getty Images
Stop in the name of the dog! Law enforcement officials sometimes use bloodhounds’ super-smelling noses to track criminals.
Photograph by Farlap, Alamy Stock Photo
Cool it! Dogs stick out their tongues to beat the heat. As the saliva on a dog’s tongue evaporates, the air around it cools to give the canine a lungful of refreshing air.
Photograph by eldadcarin, Getty Images
Big dogs, little dogs, brown dogs, spotted dogs … at least 150 dog breeds exist—but they’re all descended from wolves.
Photograph by Bigandt_Photography, iStockphoto
Just like their wolf ancestors, dogs are pack animals. When they’re in a group, one pooch establishes itself as the pack leader. Now that’s a top dog!
Photograph by Ian Waldie, Getty Images
Dogs’ strong claws help them dig in the dirt and grip the ground while running.
Photograph by Kaz Chiba, Getty Images
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