Dog Facts

Dog facts to understand your dog better…

The Dog

The Dog originates from the gray Wolf and not from the Dingo which is proven by DNA studies. A dingo is just a wild dog that lives in the deserts and grasslands of Australia and Southeast Asia.

The dog was the first domesticated animal of man.

Domestication of dogs has taken a long time and is not the same as Taming which is simply the process by which a dog becomes accustomed to humans.

Domestication is a long term process that takes thousands of years and changes the dog on a genetic level, but this has nothing to do with degeneration. Domestication takes place when a dog is kept isolated from the wild form and lives and breeds among humans for many generations. Selective breeding resulted in hundreds of varied breeds of dogs.

The exact time when Domestication started is not clear, it is estimated that it began 15.000 – 135.000 years ago.

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Are Purebred Dogs healthier than mixed Breeds?

NONSENSE! It is the other way round!

It is scientifically proven that generally Mixed Breed Dogs are healthier than Purebreds because of the population genetics. We assume, of course, that they are bred by responsible breeders.

“Purebred and mixed-breed dogs are equally susceptible to most non-genetic ailments, such as rabies, distemper, injury, and infestation by parasites.”

“Several studies have shown that mixed-breed dogs have a health advantage. A German study finds that “Mongrels require less veterinary treatment”.

“Studies in Sweden have found that “Mongrel dogs are less prone to many diseases than the average purebred dog” and, referring to death rates, Mongrels were consistently in the low risk category.

“Data from Denmark also suggest that mixed breeds have higher longevity on average compared to purebreeds.”

“A British study showed similar results but a few breeds (notably Jack Russell Terrier, Miniature Poodles and Whippets) lived longer than mixed breeds.” taken from Wikipedia

Studies have shown that Mixed Breeds live longer and are on average smarter, more efficient, healthier and more resistent than purebred dogs.

The Wolves and the Moon

Bye the way there is no connection between wolves (or dogs) and the moon, so wolves don’t howl at the moon and dogs don’t either. Howling is just a form of communication to recognize a member of the pack or to convey a pack’s territory.

Dogs are not monogam but wolves are. A wolve stays with the same partner throughout its life.

Wolves don’t bark

Dogs don’t bark like wolves. Wolves almost don’t bark at all, only in exceptional emergency situations. Dogs bark for many reasons and in different ways depending on their mood and situations.

Tail Movements

When your dog moves its tail, analyse the dog’s whole body and not just the tail before you decide what the dog is trying to communicate.

Tail is held high: the dog is alert.
The tail is between the legs: dog is afraid.

Observe how the rest of the body moves and other body parts. Watch their ears, eyes, mouth and nose and listen to the way it barks, growls or whines. What moves more, the body or the tail?

Fast Tail wags mean that the dog is excited and ready to interact with you. It may be a sign of a happy dog, but can also signal aggression. It also depends how the tail is moving. Quick, slow, high or low and what the rest of the body does.

With a few short movements of its tail, a dog can express more feelings than a human with countless words.

Are older Dogs puppy-friendly?

There is no puppy license. You can’t say that older dogs are generally friendly to puppies. This idea exists just in the imagination of humans. Puppy-friendly behavior exists only within the own pack and this pack consists of the human and his dog. If you meet other humans with their dogs then they can react in varous ways to your puppy. This depends on the situation and the mood of the other dog. It will not treat your puppy better just because it is small.

Mounting Behavior

When your dog displays mounting behavior this often has nothing to do with sex. Dogs are mounting in all sorts of situations. Mounting is mostly a sign of domination and the desire to show strength. Similar gestures are: Placing his leg upon the shoulder or back of another dog. He wants to test how far he can go. This is a sign of provocation. Even puppies can show mounting behaviour.

Your dog may test you too. If he places his head upon your lap while you are sitting at the table eating. This means: Drop some food for me!


Yawning does not mean that the dog is tired. It is simply a displacement activity. If the dog does not know what to do, because you have forbidden him something, then he might yawn, licks his nose, scratches behind his ears or sniffs around a bit. These activities help the dog to react somehow to the new stressful situation and they take the stress out of the moments of conflicts.

Bigger Dogs are NOT always the Leader

Bigger dogs are not always the boss. The leader is the dog with the most knowledge and experience, higher social competence and a higher developed self-consciousness. Often the little dogs are the leader.

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