Quiz: Match the Tail to the Dog Breed

Maybe you can tell the difference between a Poodle and a Pomeranian. Hey, maybe you can even name several members of the Bichon family... without consulting the Internet. But do you think you can identify a dog breed just by looking at his tail?

It's a challenge, for sure, but it's one we think you're up for. Worst-case scenario, you spend a few minutes looking at cute dog tails, right? So go ahead and take our quiz, then let us know how many of the seven curly tails in the slideshow you were able to match with the correct breed.

Dog Tails Quiz

Pug tails

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Which dog breed is this?

A) Shiba Inu
B) Pug
C) Saluki
D) Labrador Retriever

Pug Standing in Grass

Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography

Answer: B) Pug

The Pug is distinctive, not only for that cute curly tail, but also for his square body, round head and wrinkled face.

Akita tail

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Which dog breed is this?

A) Wire Fox Terrier
B) Eurasier
C) Briard
D) Akita

Adult Akita Gay Tail

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Answer: D) Akita

The Akita was developed to hunt big game (think bear, elk and boar), and today, she can often be found working as a police or guard dog in her home country of Japan.

Samoyed tail

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Which dog breed is this?

A) Samoyed
B) Dandie Dinmont Terrier
C) Havanese
D) Poodle

Samoyed dog breed on a beach

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Answer: A) Samoyed

Known as the "Smiling Sammie," this herding breed has a beautiful white coat that tends to shed heavily and often needs to be groomed two or three times a week.

Basenji tail

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Which dog breed is this?

A) Greyhound
B) Basenji
C) Finnish Spitz
D) Irish Setter

Basenji

Ron Wilbie, Animal Photography

Answer: B) Basenji

The Basenji might not bark, but he's far from silent, and those who know and love this breed know just how hilarious a handful he can be.

Shiba Inu tail

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Which dog breed is this?

A) Keeshond
B) Komondor
C) Shiba Inu
D) Vizsla

Shiba Inu

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Answer: C) Shiba Inu

The striking Shiba Inu is a small companion dog with a big attitude, bright eyes and a plush coat.

Japanese Chin tail

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Which dog breed is this?

A) Chow Chow
B) Collie
C) Maltese
D) Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin

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Answer: D) Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is known nearly as well for her flat face, curly tail and silky coat as she is for her endless cleverness, particularly when it comes to figuring out how to get her own way.
Norwegian Lundehund Tail

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Which dog breed is this?

A) German Shepherd
B) Pekingese
C) Shih Tzu
D) Norwegian Lundehund

Norwegian Lundehund

Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography

Answer: D) Norwegian Lundehund

That curly tail is far from the most unusual feature of the Norwegian Lundehund. He has six toes on each foot, and the toes on his front feet are double- or triple-jointed, his forelegs turn out at a strange angle, and his head can nearly bend backward far enough to rest on his back.

Did you get them all correct? Share your results in the comments! And if you think you could use a little refresher on your dog breed info, make sure to hit up our dog breed profiles.

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