Whether it’s a furry friend or a cold-blooded companion, there is a lot we don’t know about our pets. Here are some facts that will make you appreciate your little—or not so little—critter even more
Sizing Them Up
While the Great Dane is the tallest dog you will find in the pet store, the English Mastiff is actually the heaviest, maxing out at about 155 pounds. Chihuahuas are the smallest at four to six pounds (6 to 10 inches tall) and are perfect for purses and laps.
Dalmatians are born without spots. Their black spots begin to appear at around one week and multiply as the puppy grows. By one month, they have almost all of the spots they will have.
Out on the Racetrack
Greyhounds are the world’s fastest dog, reaching speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. This is about the same average speed as thoroughbred racehorses.
More Than Just Meow
Cats use more than a hundred vocal sounds. From hisses to howls, each sound is used to communicate something different. Dogs emit only about 10 vocal sounds.
A common pet parrot’s heart beats 300-600 times per minute while it is resting, compared to human’s 60-100 beats per minute. Their small hearts work fast to move oxygen throughout their bodies.
A Lifelong Friend
Larger parrots, such as African Greys, can live up to 75 years. They also live longer in captivity due to the lack of predators and diseases.
Hamsters often blink one eye at a time. Thought to be an evolutionary instinct, individually blinking each eye allows them to always have one eye on their surroundings.
Scuba Diving Amphibians
Red-eared slider turtles can hold their breath for up to an hour under water. Yes, this means red-eared sliders can drown if they are underwater long enough. But, if they come up for the occasional breath of air, they can hunt and swim for almost an hour.
Turning to White without Light
If you keep a goldfish in the dark long enough, it will turn white. Much like humans, goldfish have pigment in their skin that reacts to light exposure. If there is no light, the skin can slowly lose this pigment.
Goldie is Here for a While
If cared for properly, goldfish live longer than any other domestic fish, though they don’t have a reputation for long lives. The oldest goldfish was 43 when it died.
Most Popular Pets in the USA
Five Unusual Pets
1. Pygmy Goat
2. Sugar Glider (a type of possum)
3. Fennec Fox
4. Bearded Dragon Lizard
5. Hairless Sphynx Cat