"Dogs" is the third episode of the D Series of QI and the 39th episode overall. It was first broadcast on BBC Four on 6 October 2006, and was broadcast on BBC Two on 13 October 2006. Neil Mullarkey and Liza Tarbuck made their first appearances. The episode was preceded by "Discoveries" and followed by "Dictionaries".


Numbers in brackets mark appearances - e.g. "(2)" means "(second appearance)".

  1. Neil Mullarkey (1): -5 points
  2. Sean Lock (1): -8 points
  3. Jeremy Clarkson (4): -13 points
  4. Alan Davies (39): -36 points


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  • Dogs are much more varied than cats, and more varied than any other species.

When mating, dogs start in the Doggy position, then they turn so their backsides face each other, with the penis locked inside the vagina. The panel tried to demonstrate their answers using toy dogs. Alan was given a Scottie in tartan and a large Old English Sheepdog.

  • The most interesting thing dogs can smell is cancer.[1][2]
  • Dogs from Liverpool and Scotland have different accents.
  • The only kind of dog that lays eggs is a dogfish.
  • The German for "Sausage dog" is "Dackel".[3]
  • Fisher comes before German Bight[4] in the Shipping Forecast.
  • Puffin Island and Bird Island in the Seychelles are islands named after birds.[5] The Canary Islands were named after dogs; canaries were named after the islands.
  • On the island of La Gomera, people communicate by whistling in Spanish known as Silbo Gomero language.
  • There is a martial art called Dog Kung Fu, mainly practised by women, and invented by a Chinese nun. It is so called because you fight on all-fours.
  • The Hurricane[6] won the Battle of Britain.
  • Dogfights first started in World War I, but when they first fought, they had no guns, so they threw bricks at each other.

General IgnoranceEdit

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  • Gorillas sleep in nests. They make a new nest every day, even if there is nothing wrong with it. The scientific name for Gorilla is Gorilla gorilla. This is known as a tautonym. The same is true of Bison and Iguana.
  • The scientific name for a rat is Rattus rattus.
  • The scientific name for a Golden Oriole is Oriolus oriolus.
  • The scientific name for a Whooper Swan is Cygnus cygnus.
  • The scientific name for a Manx Shearwater[7] is Puffinus puffinus. The puffin's scientific name is Fratercula arctica.


  1. Bottoms
  2. Bollocks
  3. Dachshund
  4. German Bark
  5. Canary Islands
  6. Spitfire
  7. Puffin

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