Dogs Short Courses

Dog Fact Files and Short Courses

You have chosen a career to follow and prepare for, now it’s time to learn more about the species (and breeds) you will work with. ​Follow the 3 easy steps to help you read and learn more about dogs, how to work with them, and how to gain experience, everything while having a huge amount of fun!

Definition of a Dog

Dogs are the oldest domesticated four-legged animals (they have adapted to being with humans), which are used as pets, for herding sheep, protection and even for guiding people whom are blind.

Scientific Name: [Canis familiaris]

A male dog is called a dog, the female a bitch, and the young is called a pup, or puppy. A group of dogs is called a pack.

The word “dog” in other languages:

  • Dutch: hond
  • French: chien
  • Spanish: perro
  • Turkish: köpek

Basic Facts

Average Hight

10 to 110 cm (3 to 42 in)

Average Weight

0.1 to 155 kg (4oz and 343 lb)

Average Lifespan

13 years

Average Offspring

4 to 8 puppies

Running Speed

Up to 72 km/h (45 mph)


soft fur, whiskers, strong jaw and chest

Conservation Status

None - not required

Global Population

900 million+


Join the Dog Group

Status: Active

Learn even more about Dogs by joining the DOG GROUP.

Members of the Group can create and discuss any dog related topic, as well as access all the different Short Courses, win awards and meet other dog lovers from around the world. Gain experience points with each short course and compete for the top spot on the leader board!

Topics covered in the DOG GROUP:

  • General dog knowledge (Anatomy, Habitat, Behaviour, Diet, Ecological Benefits & Conservation)
  • Dog Care & Health
  • Creative (Including education, art, design, publishing, media, news and photography)
  • Breeds (courses on over 100 different breeds)


This is also the place where you will find links to all of the Animal Organizations that work with dogs. Join their special Groups and learn how you can gain valuable experience by volunteering or interning with them.

Career profiles and resources

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One Zoo Tree

A few excellent pictures on the species for reference: