ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Dogs: Little Known Facts

Updated on July 6, 2014
Dogs Have Lots of Stories To Tell
Dogs Have Lots of Stories To Tell | Source

In Pompei

At the threshold of a 2000 year old house in Pompei, is this writing on a tile –“Cave Canem”. This means –“Beware of dog”.

Origins of the Word 'Terrier'

The breed of dog known as terrier gets its name from the Latin “terrarius” or “of the earth”. A fox terrier runs the fox “to earth”.

Dogs Have Interesting Legends Associated With Them
Dogs Have Interesting Legends Associated With Them | Source

Dogs Respected in Ancient Egypt

Dogs were held in great esteem in ancient Egypt. The city of Cynopolis took its name from “cynos”, which means “dog”. Its citizens were forced by law to provide for all their stray dogs and they even went to war when someone from a neighbouring state ate one of their dogs!

Old American Beliefs About Dogs

In America, when a yellow dog follows you around or a strange dog accompanies you home, you’re lucky. A dog rolling about means visitors, a dog eating grass foretells rain, and as anywhere else, a dog howling at night is an omen of death. Dogs are believed to have supernatural perceptions and are said to see Death himself.

The Hindus on Dogs

The Hindus believe that the dog is equal in status to man: “The wise will look upon a Brahmana possessed of learning and humility, and on a dog.”

Interesting Facts About Dogs
Interesting Facts About Dogs | Source

The Zend-Avesta of the Persians on Dogs

According to the “Zend-Avesta”, the sacred book of the ancient Persians, the stray dog, being compared to the holy begging monk, was well provided for and protected by religious laws. The “Zend-Avesta” decribes the stray dog as “self-clothed and selfshod, watchful, wakeful and sharp-toothed, born to watch over man’s goods”. Among the five sins cited in the text, two concern the dog: Giving him food too hot to eat or refusing him food while you are eating.

Dogs At Play
Dogs At Play

The Three Holy Dogs of the Spainiards

The Spaniards speak of three dogs, Cubilon, Melampo and Lubina, who went with their masters to pay homage to the baby Christ in Bethlehem. Even today it is considered lucky to call dogs by these names.

The Well-Fed Dogs of Babylon

The Governor of Babylon possessed so many dogs that four towns were freed from taxes if the inhabitants fed their dogs properly.

The Hebrews on Dogs

Although the Hebrews disliked dogs because the Egyptians revered them, they knew their value: “Dwell not in a town where no barking dog is heard,” they said.

Dogs and the Exodus

A cording to legend, when the Jews embarked on their secret exodus from Egypt in search of the promised land , not one Egyptian dog protested. “They did not move their tongues against man or beast”.

The Watchdog

The image of the watchdog stems from the ancient belief about the personal dog ghost that protects him on lonely roads and the divine dog that protects man’s soul on its way to heaven.

The Buddha Was A Dog In One Of His Incarnations
The Buddha Was A Dog In One Of His Incarnations | Source

The Buddha as a Dog

The dog, as one of the incarnations of the Buddha, brought enlightenment to man.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Anita Saran profile image
      Author

      Anita Saran 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Thank you grand old lady! I know how much you love dogs - your hub on the beauty pageants for dogs is wonderful.

      Marilyncasandra, I appreciate your visit.

    • marilyncasandra profile image

      marilyn casandra 3 years ago from California

      I never really knew about these great facts about doggies.Thanks

    • grand old lady profile image

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      I never heard of these facts before, and I just love them. I love dogs. I love that dogs are so much a part of ancient history. Wonderful hub.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)