Canine Wonders Part 3: 40 More Captivating Facts about Dogs




Sunol, California elected a dog as its Mayor in 1981. Bosco Ramos, usually known simply as "Bosco", was a black Labrador retriever and Rottweiler mix who defeated two humans to win the honorary mayoral election in 1981, serving until his death in 1994.

27. Laika was a Soviet space dog who became one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. Laika, a stray mongrel from the streets of Moscow, was selected to be the occupant of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2.

28. Saucisse (1998–2014, “sausage” in French) was a dachshund in France who gained fame in France as the protagonist of a book series. He also was a candidate in the 2001 mayoral elections of the city of Marseille.

29. When a German Shepherd named Gabi worked as a guard dog at the Belgrade Zoo in the 1980s, she managed to defeat an escaped jaguar. She was patrolling with her owner and another dog, when she noticed the escaped big cat and attacked it, keeping it busy enough for her owner to go and call for help.

30. Labradors are often food-obsessed because of a gene mutation, making them unable to produce special appetite-suppressing neuropeptides that are involved in switching off feelings of hunger after eating a meal.



A Japanese dog breed named Tosa was crossed with 6 different breeds (Old English Bulldog, Mastiff, St. Bernard, German Pointer, Great Dane, and the Bull Terrier) and it is illegal/banned in 13 countries.

32. Bulldogs are called bulldogs because they were originally bred for bull-baiting, where the dogs would attack a bull tied to a stake in a battle for bloodshed.

33. A city in California elected a dog named Mayor Max II as its mayor since it didn't have enough people that lived there to have actual human politicians.

34. Kangals and Anatolian Shepherd dogs are being distributed to Namibian farmers for use as guard dogs to protect livestock, in a bid to save the local cheetah population.

35. A Puli-type dog called ‘The Auditor’ lived at the Berkeley Pit, a contaminated copper mine and Superfund site in Montana from 1986 to 2003. Locals provided food and shelter but it mostly avoided humans. When it died, its hair turned out to have 128 times the normal arsenic level.

36Sinus arrhythmia

Sinus arrhythmia

Sinus arrhythmia in dogs is normal. A dog’s heart rate increases while they inhale and decreases while they exhale.

37. Because of the conditions in a Basset Hound's ear, they are more prone to yeast infections

38. The Shar-Pei's loose skin was likely an adaptation bred for fighting. If grabbed by a loose wrinkle, the dog can still turn and bite back.

39. Rottweilers are born with tails but they are often chopped off when born.

40. Weiner dogs are more aggressive towards strangers and other dogs than Rottweilers.