A St. Bernard named Bamse was a mascot of the Royal Norwegian Navy during WWII and was known for breaking up fights amongst his crewmates. He once saved a young lieutenant commander who was being attacked by a man wielding a knife by pushing the assailant into the sea.
A dog named Chaser has the largest tested memory of any non-human animal. She can identify 1,022 toys by their name and retrieve them by name and by category.
93% of dog owners in the U.S. say their dog has made them a better person in at least one way, a study found.
A dog that chased away a suicide bomber in Afghanistan and saved the lives of 50 US soldiers was accidentally euthanized in a dog shelter in Arizona.
In 2012 alone, an estimated 2.8 million dog owners gave their dogs antidepressants.
Salty and Roselle, two separate guide dogs, were in the World Trade Centre during 9/11. They were on the 71st and 78th floor of Tower 1 respectively. They each led their owners safely out of the burning tower amidst the chaos, and both owners and dogs survived.
Dogs laugh often but humans have trouble recognizing it because it sounds like they’re just panting.
A Russian dog, whose owners were killed in a car crush, refused to leave the site of the accident. The dog waited for them, until it died 7 years later. The city informally adopted the dog and dedicated a statue to honor its loyalty.
In 19th century Germany there was a man who was both the local tax collector and caretaker of the dog pound. Since tax collecting was a dangerous job, he used the pound to make a new breed a dog that would protect him while collecting. His name, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann.
The Moscow Water Dog is a now-extinct breed of dog that was developed in the Soviet Union after WWII. They were bred to be water rescue dogs, but since they preferred biting drowning people to saving them, the breed was allowed to go extinct.