39 Amazing Facts About Pets

Zoe Noble

Oct 18, 2023

There’s no doubt we love our pets and in all their many shapes and sizes. Here’s some fun and amazing facts about our beloved pets – 39 in fact.

There are more than 350 different breeds of dogs worldwide.

Domesticated for more than 10,000 years, the dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans.

Three dogs survived the Titanic sinking.

The Golden Retriever and the kitten
Depending on the breed and the individual animal’s nature, cats and dogs can get along famously.

Greyhounds are the fastest breed of dog reaching 73 kph in seconds!

Most domestic dogs are capable of reaching speeds up to about nineteen miles per hour when running at full speed.


Cats spend 30% of their waking hours grooming themselves.

Cats have better memories than dogs. Tests conducted by the University of Michigan concluded that while a dog’s memory lasts no more than 5 minutes, a cat’s can last as long as 16 hours—exceeding even that of monkeys and orangutans.

Cats feeding
Most cats eat well together but if not, it’s advised to feed them separately.

Dogs have three eyelids.

Dogs are as smart as a 2 year-old.

A goldfish’s memory isn’t so bad. They can actually remember things up to 3 months.

goldfish swimming in clean water
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The oldest pet goldfish lived to 43.

A chicken with red ear lobes produces brown eggs, and a chicken with white ear lobes produces white eggs.

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Dogs can smell your feelings.

A cat can jump up to seven times its height.

smiling, dogs

Cats are asleep for 70% of their life.

Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

A pack of kittens is called a kindle, while a pack of adult cats is called a clowder.

Cute cat enjoying himself outdoors

Rabbit teeth never stop growing.


Dogs might pretend to be sick to get attention.

Cat’s meow for humans not so much other cats.

The Queen owns both corgis and dorgis – a dachshund and corgi cross.

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Queen Elizabeth

Paris Hilton’s dog Tinkerbell had her very own memoir. The Chihuahua died in 2015 but she’ll always be remembered for The Tinkerbell Hilton Diaries: My Life Tailing Paris Hilton. Paris now has a pet kinkajou which is a nocturnal South American tree dweller called Baby Luv.


Leonardo DiCaprio’s pet has a good chance of outliving him. The Sulcata tortoise, which was 10 years old when DiCaprio bought him in 2010, can easily live to be 80 and can grow to 200 pounds.

Having a pet can be good for your health. It can lower blood pressure, slow heart rate, regulate breathing, and relax muscles.

photo of girl sitting beside black dog
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Dogs know the time.

Dogs have a unique nose print like humans have a unique fingerprint.

Australians have one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world.

The first domesticated animal was a dog.

Two lionesses
Two lionesses (Panthera leo) with two cubs walking on savannah, Kenya

The Ancient Egyptians pets were quite exotic keeping hyenas, lions, and monkeys as pets.


Dogs are the most popular pets in Australia.

dalmatian sitting white surface
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Dalmatians are born spotless and develop spots as they age.

To survive, every bird must eat at least half its own weight in food each day.

close up photo of a blue and yellow macaw parrot
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A bird’s heart beats 400 times per minute while they are resting.

Americans own more than 60 million pet birds.

Larger parrots such as the macaws and cockatoos live more than 75 years.

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Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.

green iguana on brown branch closeup photo
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Iguanas are able to hold their breath for up to 30 minutes.


By Zoe Noble

Zoe Noble is a writer for The Carousel. She is currently studying media at the University of Southern California (USC). 



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