The scientific name for the dog, or domestic canine, is Canis lupus familiaris. This scientific name is of Latin origin, and the literal meaning is "friendly wolf dog."
In 1993, there was a reclassification of the scientific name for domestic dogs. Prior to this time, its scientific classification was Canis familiaris and Canis familiaris domesticus. While Canis was the genus, familiaris domesticus was the species. Carolus Linnaeus gave the dog these assignations in 1758.
However, in 1993, these classifications were reassigned to its present scientific name by the Smithsonian Institution and the American Association of Mammalogists. This scientific name includes the fact that domesticated dog breeds descend from wolves.
The domestic dog has an average lifespan between 9 to 15 years. Dogs are carnivorous mammals. There are approximately 500 recognized dog breeds that are domesticated.Learn More
A dog can be in labor from two to 12 hours, states K9PuppyDogs.com. For first-time mothers, however, labor can last up to 36 hours. The birth of the first puppy generally takes the longest.Full Answer >
Greyhounds are commonly accepted as the fastest dogs in the world, but other breeds, such as salukis and border collies, are close in speed. Over very long distances, the Alaskan husky is probably the fastest dog in the world.Full Answer >
Properly grooming a short-haired Saint Bernard includes brushing the coat at least three times a week to keep it neat and to remove shed hair, cleaning the ears weekly, trimming nails once or twice each month and bathing the dog about once a month. You need a wide-toothed comb, a rubber curry brush or hound glove, a shedding brush (during the animal's shedding season), dog nail trimmers, cotton balls and ear cleaner solution. If you plan on washing your Saint Bernard, you also need dog shampoo and conditioner.Full Answer >
A dog has a champion bloodline if he or she are directly related to dogs with champion titles given out by the American Kennel Club. A dog whose parents, grandparents, great-grandparents or even great-great-grandparents had an AKC champion title will be considered to be a dog with a champion bloodline.Full Answer >