a very loyal friend

Dogs are loyal and loving beings who become part of our family. But not only are they excellent pets, many of them serve as assistants and companions for people with disabilities and even work with the police using their sense of smell to find people or things. Dogs also work on farms helping shepherds and ranchers with herds. Because dogs are intelligent and willing to learn and be trained, they make excellent companion and working animals.

It’s true! The dog is a great friend (although many prefer cats), however, the decision to have one is not easy. They can live for many years, needing families to give them love and always take care of them.

Fun facts

  • Although dogs come in different colors and sizes, they all belong to the canidae family. This family includes wolves, coyotes, jackals, and foxes.
  • Humans domesticated dogs more than 12,000 years ago. Using them to hunt, tend sheep or protect the family. Scientists consider that the dog was the one who first approached man because being at the service of humans, they enjoyed their care, affection and ensured their food.
  • In general, small dogs live longer than large dogs. Small dogs like chihuahuas can live 18 years. Giant dogs like Great Danes can live eight years. The average life expectancy of a mixed breed dog is 10 to 14 years depending on weight. For dogs to live long and healthy lives, we need to make sure they get good food, exercise, veterinary care, and plenty of affection.
  • The most popular breed in the world is the Labrador. Thanks to their obedience, intelligence and energy, Labradors are the pets of choice for millions of families. They are also excellent workers, assisting the police and serving as guide dogs for the blind or disabled.
  • Domestic dogs are omnivores, feeding on a variety of foods including grains, vegetables, and meats. Many families feed their pets concentrate, a food that provides them with the nutrition they need.
  • Dogs communicate in many ways. In addition to barking or growling, dogs also use different parts of their bodies. The position of his ears and his facial expression let us know if he is happy, sad or scared. A dog doesn’t always wag their tail when they’re happy, they sometimes wag their tail when they’re angry. That is why it is advisable that you do not pet a strange dog just because it wags its tail, many people end up with bites because they confuse the expressions of these animals.
  • The number of offspring will depend on the breed. Small breed females will give birth to up to 4 puppies while large breeds can have up to 12. Puppies are born with their eyes closed and feed on their mother’s milk.