Popular Dogs Contributed In Scientific Discoveries

10 Popular Dogs Contributed In Scientific Discoveries


Since many centuries ago, dogs have been true friends to humans. But, only a few people know how dogs contributed to crucial scientific discoveries such as their ways to defy physics. They helped scientists by stretching out the science fiction imaginations out of the limits. If you cannot believe these words, why do not you take a look at the list of dogs’ cases related to non-fiction subjects you may never hear?

10. The Pig Dog Called Xinxiang

The Pig Dog Called Xinxiang

It is not easy to shock China with any scientific discovery these days, but Xinxiang is another story. It is a pedigree Chinese hairless dog. Many people assumed that it was a pig-dog mutant. Even more, they believed that Xinxiang just escaped from a laboratory.

We credited this dog as a natural science. China residents spooked with its pink and hairless look that still has Mohawk hairstyle and leopard-like spots. People found it near the scientific research center in Xinxiang city.

In fact, there are many other Xinjiang around the world. Most of them are for the best companion of the disabled people. There is also a story about Yoda. This dog won the 2011 Ugliest Dog contest in the world at the Sonoma Marin Fair.

 9. The Space Dog, Laika

The Space Dog, Laika

She was a female dog from Moscow. The Russian astronomers then selected the dog as the passenger of the Soviet Spacecraft Sputnik 2 on November 1957. In fact, astronomers chose Laika, the three-year-old dog because she had a good ability to deal with harsh conditions like starvation and cold.

Generally, she looked like a mix of Husky, Terrier, and Nordic breed. Astronomers then housed the dog in the smaller cages. After that, they released her into the orbit to become the first dog astronauts. Eventually, there was a nice report that Laika landed safely.

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Unfortunately, she died on day six due to the lack of oxygen. Others speculated that the dog because she was euthanized. In fact, the details of her mission were released in 2002 and confirmed that she died due to overheating.

8. The First Cloned Pet Dog In The World, Mira

The First Cloned Pet Dog In The World, Mira

Believe it or not, the genetic clones are walking among us since long time ago. It was in the 90’s. At that time, Mira was like any other dog. She is a living clone of a real dog. Dr. Frankenstein, Lou Hawthorne spent millions of dollars to make Mira.

In fact, Hawthorne spent 20 years to work in cloning. He made 20 other genetically engineered dogs. But, He had a big sense of guilt so he decided to close his industry. He believed that if everyone had one cloned pet, there will be a high number of the real dogs they would put down.

 7. The Bionic Dog, Naki’o

The Bionic Dog

Naki’o is a mixed breed. He seemed to be lost and he lost his paws due to Frostbite. His owner had abandoned him alone in a foreclosed Nebraska home. He was in a puddle of the icy water. He then lost his four paws as well as the tip of his tail.

A vet assistant, Christie Pace of Colorado Springs adopted the dog. Pace had an idea to fit him with four prosthetic limbs. These are advanced prosthetics to mimic the muscles and bone of the dog. Orthopets, the new company for Naki’o at first, gave him two artificial back legs. He was so impressed with Pace and saw the happiness in Naki’s face, so they did more for his front legs for free.

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6. The Dead Zone Dogs And Fukushima Nuclear Accident

The Dead Zone Dogs And Fukushima Nuclear Accident

No fictional or funny things related to the reality of Fukushima nuclear accident, especially the impact on the dogs’ life. Eventually, scientists speculated that the next gen of puppies around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster zone may be the mutant dogs. Japanese officials are working for this threat seriously. They capture hundreds of the crazy and wild dogs attacked by radiation still living in the Fukushima no-entry zone. But, they cannot handle their population. The dogs are becoming wild and antisocial. They do not make any interaction with humans in the zone.

It is something scary to hear that Kawasaki vet, Kunitoshi Baba explained that if the infected dogs go outside of the zone and then attack people, they may spread their diseases. The images about the mutated dogs from Fukushima we could see online and people only able to wonder how this thing could happen.

5. Phantom Black Dog

Phantom Black Dogs

Some people also call it The Black Shuck. It was a dog with its fiery and saucer-shaped eyes. People who have seen the dogs claimed that the dogs are much larger compared to a normal dog. The size is as similar to a cow with glowing eyes like Hellhound. Based on the reports, the common area people saw the dogs are in the ancient sites, electrical storms, and the execution sites of prisoners. In fact, the dogs have been the best-departed friend for man, for hundreds of years but they were going back before the 1500s.

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 4. Texas Blue Dogs

Texas Blue Dogs

Another legend you may hear in Texas is the Blue Dog. The legend will remind you of the myth of El Chupacabra – The vampiric beast that takes the blood from the livestock. The blue dog is not a typical dog. It was a hairless dog with the bluish skin. Phylis Canion was one of the eyewitnesses and she claimed that she noticed the beast at the time when her chickens died and drained of blood.

What she did was to make a video of her sight. it was in July of 2007, she found another one with the same bizarre. The dead animal’s body had large ears, fanged teeth, and tint in the skin like elephant’s. When scientists heard her story, they decided to test the supposed DNA and found that it was not undead. Scientists revealed that it was a member of Canidae, which can be coyote or Canis latrans and it was a common dog.

They also did a DNA test and then revealed the Blue dog was born from a coyote mother mated with a Mexican wolf father. The blue skin was because the dog got a mite-related skin disease known as sarcoptic mange.

3. Hitler’s Talking Dog

Hitler’s Talking Dogs

Dr. Jan Bondeson of Cardiff University School of Medicine in Wales published a book that tells a tale of Nazi and their ambitious experiment on a dog. He revealed that Hitler supported a German school that taught a mastiff breed to talk to humans. They could train the dogs to learn words. The reason why this was so important for Hitler was because Hitler had a big conspiracy to develop massive super-intelligent canine troops that are capable of communicating with soldiers. But, this was just a speculation.

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2. The Two-Headed Dog of Demikhov

Demikhov’s Two-Headed Dog

What comes to your mind when you are seeing a living and breathing two-headed dog? It is like something against nature. Demikhov did a little experiment. He did manage to graft the head and the forelegs of a smaller dog onto a larger dog. Both heads were responsive that could move independently of each other. But, it was not going quite long. The dog only could survive for four days and finally, he died.

Demikhov repeated the experiment 24 times. He also took some photos as evidence that his experiment ran well. But, Demikhov did more than just a simple experiment. He was the pioneer of organ transplant theory, lung and heart replacements in animal and he served as the arm pathologist in the World War II.

His extreme and unethical animal experiments made all his research were stopped in the 1950s. He got the award of an Order of Merit for his contribution to animal and surgical science.

1. The Zombie Dog

The Russian Zombie Dog

Dr. Sergei Bryukhonenko was able to revive a dead dog in his experiment. He used a heart-lung machine named an autoinjector. Here, he was able to create the first zombie dog at that time.

He was able to pump the dog’s head back into its operation to prove that the dog was alive. He also provoked it into action.  A video filmed this experiment as evidence that a dog kept alive through the use of machinery. It was back in 1928 and the video was released at the Third Congress of physiologists of the USSR.

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