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."Continue Reading
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 about Dogs
A coyote-dog hybrid, also called a coy-dog, is a canine which possesses both dog and coyote DNA. Coyotes are capable of producing fertile offspring with both domestic dogs and wolves. However, the differing behavioral traits of coyotes and dogs make natural hybrids rare.Full Answer >
According to Vetwest Animal Hospitals, the normal gestation period for a canine is 58 to 65 days. Each dog may vary, but if the gestation period exceeds 65 days, contact a veterinarian.Full Answer >
The normal blood-sugar, or glucose, level for a canine is between 75 and 100 milligrams per decilitre (mg/dL), according to PetMD.com. The measurement indicates that, for every tenth of a litre of blood, there are between 75 to 100 milligrams of glucose present. Diet, age, naturally occurring hormones and disease may also affect the levels of glucose in a dog's blood.Full Answer >
According to Cesar Millan, dog-bite prevention begins at home with your own dog by being a responsible dog owner. There are several things a dog owner can do to make sure his dog does not bite other people or dogs.Full Answer >